Scottish blasphemy law repealed following humanist campaign
March 11, 2021
Today members of Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Hate Crimes and Public Order (Scotland) Act which (amongst other things) repeals Scotland’s common law offense of “blasphemy”. Humanist Society Scotland has been at the forefront of the campaign to repeal…
Choosing to challenge with Lucy Grieve: IWD 2021
March 8, 2021
To mark International Women’s Day today we spoke to student Lucy Grieve who co-founded and manages policy for the Back Off Scotland campaign – a national campaign started by a group of young women at Edinburgh University that is calling for a buffer zone outside clinics that offer abortions to protect women from harassment and intimidation from pro-life protesters.
Humanists donates £1k to Bala appeal fund
March 3, 2021
Humanist Society Scotland donates £1000 to the #FreeMubarakBala legal defence fund on behalf of its members.
Three quarters of Scots reject church Covid lockdown exemptions
February 17, 2021
New polling released today by Humanist Society Scotland shows that an overwhelming three-quarters of Scots reject the view of a number of churches that they should be exempt from lockdown, as church leaders lodge a judicial review appealing for places of worship to be exempt from coronavirus restrictions.
82% of Scots demand end to abortion clinic protests
January 25, 2021
A poll commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland shows that 82% of Scots demand an end to protests outside abortion clinics.
Mubarak Bala wins Gordon Ross award for humanism 2020
January 8, 2021
This year the winner of the Gordon Ross Humanist of the Year award goes to Nigerian Human Rights Activist and President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala. Humanist Society Scotland’s annual award recognises individuals whose efforts to promote…
Young Humanists challenge rejection of LGBT inclusive materials
December 8, 2020
Humanist Society Scotland raise concerns with Western Isles Council and the Scottish Government about Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decision to reject the use of new Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood materials in schools under their control, and replace them with more restrictive materials, because of religious objections to the inclusive of LGBT identities and lifestyles.
BMA survey shows overwhelming support for assisted dying policy change
October 8, 2020
BMA Survey Indicates Overwhelming Support for Policy Change Around Assisted Dying
First Minister announces bill to enshrine UNCRC into Scots law
September 2, 2020
Humanist Society Scotland welcomes the announcement that the UNCRC will be incorporated into Scot’s Law within the term of this parliament, and hopes that the Incorporation Bill will trigger the end of compulsory Religious Observance sessions in Scotland’s public schools – a system that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child highlighted as not in keeping with Convention Rights in 2016.
Eight simple ideas for a green wedding ceremony
July 9, 2020
Declare your love for your partner and the planet with our handy guide to green wedding ceremonies.
We welcome extension of voting rights
June 4, 2020
Humanist Society Scotland welcomes the enactment of a new Bill by the Scottish Parliament extending voting rights to refugees and those granted asylum and to some prisoners.