Humanists join campaign to end abortion clinic harassment

November 25, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland have joined forces with the campaign group Back Off Scotland and the British Pregnancy Advice Service to campaign to end the harassment of women accessing abortion and pregnancy services by religious campaigners. The volunteer led campaign has…

Humanists join campaign to end abortion clinic harassment

Humanists win key amendments in hate crime bill

Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf announced that he will drop sections of the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill that would have criminalised insulting religious beliefs under provisions aimed at stirring up hatred. The Bill will now protect…

Humanists win key amendments in hate crime bill
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We mourn founding member Hayden Arthurson (1939-2020)

November 19, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland mourns the death of a founding member and very active participant in our Edinburgh group Hayden Arthurson. Hayden was born in Edinburgh in 1939 and had a long career as a medical professional as an anaesthetist, general…

We mourn founding member Hayden Arthurson (1939-2020)

‘Sort out assisted dying now’ Scots tell Parliament as NZ votes for change

October 30, 2020

A poll commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland, Dignity in Dying Scotland and Friends at the End (FATE) shows that more than three quarters of Scots (76%) want the Scottish Parliament to debate assisted dying after the Parliamentary elections in May….

‘Sort out assisted dying now’ Scots tell Parliament as NZ votes for change
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Humanists call asylum plan a “barbaric dehumanisation effort”

October 2, 2020

The Home Office have recently confirmed in press reports that they are considering changing how asylum claims are processed in the UK. This includes considering ‘offshoring’ applicants to Scottish islands, floating detention centres or even the possibility of using Ascension Island…

Humanists call asylum plan a “barbaric dehumanisation effort”
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Hate crime bill changed after our campaign

September 24, 2020

The Hate Crime Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament is to be amended after an intervention by Humanist Society Scotland and our supporters. The Scottish Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, confirmed to Parliament that he would make changes asked for by…

Hate crime bill changed after our campaign

Artists, authors, journalists and campaigners call for changes to hate crime bill

August 11, 2020

A joint open letter published today (Tuesday 11th August) gathers support from over 20 individuals and organisations highlighting their “concerns” over the impact on artistic expression and free expression of the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The…

Artists, authors, journalists and campaigners call for changes to hate crime bill

Humanists raise hate crime bill concerns about freedom of expression

July 27, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland has called for changes to be made to the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which is being put forward by the Scottish Government, to ensure that protections against hate crime do not exclude humanists…

Humanists raise hate crime bill concerns about freedom of expression
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More humanist than Christian marriages in Scotland in 2019

June 25, 2020

Newly released official statistics reveal that for the first time there were more humanist marriages in Scotland last year than there were Christian marriages of all denominations combined. Humanist marriages made up 23% of all marriages, while Christian marriages made…

More humanist than Christian marriages in Scotland in 2019

Humanist national memorial

June 15, 2020

Humanist National Memorial Ceremony will mark three months since lockdown with input from humanists from all four nations of the UK. On 23 June at 11:00, Humanists UK – supported by Humanist Society Scotland – is holding a national memorial…

Humanist national memorial
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Free expression or stirring up hatred?

May 11, 2020

Earlier this month we highlighted the welcome news that the Scottish Government was going to follow in other European nations footsteps and scrap the outdated common law against blasphemy. This move comes as part of the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime…

Free expression or stirring up hatred?