Humza Yousaf talks at a podium in front of a black curtain. He wears a blue suit and tartan tie.

Humanist Society requests assisted dying meeting with Humza Yousaf

March 27, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland has written to the new SNP leader Humza Yousaf to request a meeting on the bill to legalise assisted dying that will shortly come before Holyrood. Mr Yousaf, who was elected as the next candidate for first…

Humanist Society requests assisted dying meeting with Humza Yousaf
A picture of Humza Yousaf in a blue suit and tartan tie in a living room-type space with lamp and painting in the background. He is shown from the torso up and is positioned to the right of shot, smiling at the camera.

Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf

Humanist Society Scotland notes the election of Humza Yousaf as new leader of the Scottish National Party and candidate for first minister of Scotland. We wish Mr Yousaf all the best in his new role and look forward to working…

Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf
This image shows the meeting house at Sussex University in England, the first university meeting place whose appointed religious representative is a humanist. It is a large cylindrical building with an alternating pattern of concrete blocks and square coloured-glass panels that let in light. I has a green, conical roof.

Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy

March 21, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland was delighted to contribute to Scottish Government’s new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy, which launches today. The strategy offers a newly accurate understanding of faith and belief across Scotland. This will inform policy development. It’s also about…

Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy
The text "Foillseachadh Amsterdam 2022" ("The Amsterdam Declaration 2022") in white against a background image showing a canal-side scene in Amsterdam at night.

Humanist celebrant John Howieson on his Gaelic translation of the Amsterdam Declaration

March 14, 2023

Scotland is a multi-lingual nation, so it’s important that the principles of humanism are made available to Gaelic speakers and writers. That’s why we’re very grateful to HSS registered humanist celebrant John Howieson for translating the 2022 Amsterdam Declaration into…

Humanist celebrant John Howieson on his Gaelic translation of the Amsterdam Declaration
Humza Yousaf stands in a blue suit in front of a balcony with an internal courtyard space and circular windows beyond.

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates

March 8, 2023

Ten days ago, on 27 February 2023, we wrote an open letter to the three candidates for leadership of the SNP, Kate Forbes, Ash Regan, and Humza Yousaf, asking for assurances on some our key commitments this year. Humza Yousaf…

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates
Fraser Sutherland stands in a children's playground, behind the steps up to a slide. He looks down at the camera which is positioned quite low down. He is holding a white book. In the background is a row of houses and a blue sky with clouds.

Our CEO talks religion and politics in The Herald

March 7, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland spoke to Neil Mackay for a long read in the Sunday Herald on 5 March. They talked about the rising influence of religion on Scottish and global politics and possible impacts on our democracy and human…

Our CEO talks religion and politics in The Herald
A portrait shot of Lucy Grieve. She wears a black top, has shoulder length brown hair, and smiles at the camera.

Humanist Society Scotland interviews: Lucy Grieve, co-founder of Back Off Scotland, on fighting for safe access to abortion services

March 2, 2023

We spoke to Lucy Grieve, co-founder of women’s health rights movement Back Off Scotland, about campaigning for safe access to abortion services across Scotland. Health facilities offering abortion healthcare are routinely picketed by religious protestors who harass women on their…

Humanist Society Scotland interviews: Lucy Grieve, co-founder of Back Off Scotland, on fighting for safe access to abortion services
The famous concrete hippos public artwork in Glenrothes, Fife, home of Fife council.

Humanist Society backs removing religious voting rights from Fife education committee

March 1, 2023

We’re calling for greater democratic accountability in Fife’s local authority by backing a campaign to remove voting rights from religious representatives on its education committee. Councillors will have a chance to make this change when they vote on a motion…

Humanist Society backs removing religious voting rights from Fife education committee
Parliamentary portraits of Kate Forbes, Humza Yousaf, and Ash Regan arranged from left to right.

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes

February 27, 2023

The following open letter was sent to all candidates for leadership of the Scottish National Party on 27 February 2023. We asked for assurances related to some of our key commitments this year: smooth implementation of assisted dying legislation; bringing…

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes
A picture of Kate Forbes wearing a red jacket and flowered dress in an interior with circular windows in the background.

Humanist Society comments on Kate Forbes’s links to evangelical charities in Third Force News

February 22, 2023

We offered our thoughts on Kate Forbes’s connections to a number of evangelical Christian organisations for an article by Niall Christie in Third Force News. Here’s our statement for Third Force News in full: “Humanist Society Scotland is aware of…

Humanist Society comments on Kate Forbes’s links to evangelical charities in Third Force News
Fraser Sutherland, wearing a blue suit, addresses a crowd infront of a banner reading "Humanist Society Scotland".

Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland

Humanist Society Scotland CEO Fraser Sutherland appeared on BBC Radio Scotland on 21 February to talk about faith and policy-making in a secular country. There has been much discussion in recent days of FM candidate Kate Forbes’s links to a…

Our CEO talks Kate Forbes, faith, and policy-making on BBC Radio Scotland