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Press Release – Dismay at the Scottish Government’s plans to increase funding for Catholic education.

Posted by on 6 June, 2018 in News, Press Releases, Society drafted letters, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Release – Dismay at the Scottish Government’s plans to increase funding for Catholic education.

On June 2nd Nicola Sturgeon revealed plans to multiply by a factor of almost 5 the amount of public money being spent on preparing trainee teachers for the Catholic Teaching Certificate (CTC), a requirement for teaching in Catholic schools but for no other purpose. Although the absolute sums involved are not large, this is public money, raised through taxation levied on a population of which now only one in eight is Catholic, while the majority has no religious affiliation whatsoever. This investment is particularly troubling in the context...

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Congratulations on the Repeal of the 8th

Posted by on 5 May, 2018 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Congratulations on the Repeal of the 8th

Photo: Mark Condren In the celebration of today’s results, the Scottish Secular Society congratulates Ireland on today’s result after an incredible campaign for repeal, and hope it heralds a more compassionate healthcare system for Irish women. As the bishops and other reactionaries repeated apocalyptic ramblings of “murdered babies” and social collapse, the Irish people have turned their sympathies towards those who should not have needed to have fought for such a choice. Since the 40s the Catholic Church in Ireland has used...

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Welcoming our new 2018 Board

Posted by on 5 May, 2018 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcoming our new 2018 Board

To the new and continuing members of the board: a big welcome and congratulations.

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Our response to the survey indicating that 70% of young people in the UK do not consider themselves religious

Posted by on 3 March, 2018 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our response to the survey indicating that 70% of young people in the UK do not consider themselves religious

This week saw the publication of figures concerning the religiosity of Europe’s young people. These figures published in a report prepared by Stephen Bullivant for the European Council of [Catholic] Bishops are based on data from the European Social Survey 2014-16 and show that in the UK a majority of the adult population, and 70% of young people (16-29), identify as having no religion. These figures show the privileged place of religion in our system of government to be grossly out of step with the views of the governed. Currently the...

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The Scottish Secular Society Welcomes the News That The SNP Governing Body Are Moving to Debate the Repeal of Blasphemy Laws

Posted by on 3 March, 2018 in News, Press Releases, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Scottish Secular Society Welcomes the News That The SNP Governing Body Are Moving to Debate the Repeal of Blasphemy Laws

The Scottish Secular Society welcomes the news that the SNP’s governing body are moving to debate the long overdue repeal of Scotland’s blasphemy laws. We fully support any move to more formally entrench freedom of expression as it is laid out in Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and hope this action gains cross party support. We would support Scotland joining England, Wales and many other countries across the world in removing blasphemy laws from the books. We also agree that such action...

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Scottish Declaration on Human Rights

Posted by on 2 February, 2018 in News, Press Releases, Society drafted letters, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Scottish Declaration on Human Rights

Below is the letter drafted by our human rights adviser John Duncan in response to the unveiling of the Scottish Declaration on Human Rights. In response to this letter we were given information on how to sign up and can now proudly say we are signatories to the Scottish Declaration. You can find information on how to sign up either personally or on behalf of your organisation here: https://humanrightsdeclaration.scot/sign-up Any organisation from the public, private or third sectors can sign their support for the Declaration. Big or small,...

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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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