Humanist Society interview series: Vic Valentine of Scottish Trans Alliance
March 31, 2023
Today, 31 March 2023, is International Trans Day of Visibility. Humanist Society Scotland has a long relationship with Scotland’s LGBT+ communities and the last 12 months have been significant and trying ones for trans people in Scotland. Holyrood passed a…
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…
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…
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…
Humanist Society Scotland on Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation
February 15, 2023
Humanist Society Scotland notes the resignation of Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. As first minister Ms Sturgeon has led Scotland through a time of progressive change, including improving LGBT+ inclusive education in schools, strengthening children’s rights and, more recently, overseeing…
Humanist Society supports abortion education petition
February 6, 2023
Humanist Society Scotland has written in support of teacher Gemma Clark’s petition to ensure that children at schools in Scotland have access to medically sound, non-biased abortion education. Ms Clark wrote to the Scottish Parliament’s Citizen Participation and Public Petitions…
Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools
December 19, 2022
An expose by The Herald newspaper uncovered how extensive access is given to anti-abortion group SPUC in Scottish schools.
My Beliefs, My Choice
In Scotland children and young people have no right to opt themselves out of acts of religious observance at school. We call on the Scottish Government to make all religious observance in Scottish schools opt in.
Fair School Votes
In Scotland the law requires that each council reserves three seats for local church leaders on their education committee. These seats are unelected and in most areas full voting rights are conferred on the seat holders. We think this is wrong.
Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland
May 24, 2022
After John Swinney MSP made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the future of the UNCRC bill and vowed to ‘bold’ on children’s rights in Scotland, Humanist Society Scotland have questioned why progress has been glacial on reforms highlighted to be needed by the committee.
We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights
May 11, 2022
We have written to all of Scotland’s local councils urging them to end voting rights for non-elected church representatives sitting on local education committees.