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Guest Debate: This House Would Abolish State Funded Faith Schools

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Guest Debate: This House Would Abolish State Funded Faith Schools

Patrick Mackie, board member of the Scottish Secular Society, participated as a special guest of the Debating Society at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh. 

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Letter: The Scottish Secular Society responds to Kevin McKenna’s article

Posted by on 1 January, 2018 in Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Letter: The Scottish Secular Society responds to Kevin McKenna’s article

Kevin McKenna was correct in arguing that having denominational schools are not a right of religions; he was wrong in arguing that we should seek to establish more faith schools in Scotland to compensate for the over-provision of Catholic schools. Love, compassion and human dignity are not the exclusive preserve of religions and do not require the provision of faith schools for young people to learn them. These are obvious components of an inclusive and civilised society. The Scotland of 2018 is not the Scotland of 1918. Religious affiliation...

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Knowledge Café 2017 – Audit Scotland

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Knowledge Café 2017 – Audit Scotland

As a secular organisation, and active campaigners for improved equality and ever-better human rights policies and practices, we see it our duty to learn how to listen across these invisible lines that divide our identities. And we try to help those citizens who come to us, learn how to communicate their own needs.

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The Scottish Secular Society’s response to controversy on Lewis

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Scottish Secular Society’s response to controversy on Lewis

The residents of Lewis and Harris have both enjoyed and suffered the position of isolation from the national narrative for too long.

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Press Release: The SSS welcomes the announcement of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 in Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Release: The SSS welcomes the announcement of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men

The Scottish Secular Society welcomes the announcement yesterday (7th November) by the First Minister of a pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men who were subject to legal prosecution prior to 1981 and subsequently due to use of outdated laws.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission – Stakeholder Dinner

Posted by on 11 November, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Equality and Human Rights Commission – Stakeholder Dinner

I was privileged to represent the SSS at a recent dinner for stakeholders hosted in Edinburgh by the EHRC Scotland.

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Press Release: The SSS welcomes Norther Ireland’s referendum on the 8th Amendment

Posted by on 10 October, 2017 in Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Release: The SSS welcomes Norther Ireland’s referendum on the 8th Amendment

This referendum is the result of a long-fought campaign to repeal the 1983 decision.

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Press Release: Response to Smyllum Park Allegations

Posted by on 9 September, 2017 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Release: Response to Smyllum Park Allegations

Readers of the National will doubtless be aware of the highly disturbing allegations of violence and brutality against children who had been placed in the ‘care’ of nuns at Smyllum Park, Lanark.

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Press Release: Response to the evidence that Scotland is now Majority not religious

Posted by on 9 September, 2017 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Release: Response to the evidence that Scotland is now Majority not religious

The Scottish Secular Society call upon the Scottish Government to recognise the rapid decline of religion in our society and realign our laws to reflect this attitude.

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Letters II: More secular society means we are happier

Posted by on 7 July, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Letters II: More secular society means we are happier

Long established structures, institutions and traditions are openly being questioned and, frankly, this is a good and healthy development.

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