The Houses of Parliament in a panorama format, photographed from across the Thames.

We write to party leaders to gauge position on key humanist causes

June 4, 2024

With the UK general election approaching on 4 July, we’ve written to the parties standing across Scotland asking if they support removing unelected bishops from the House of Lords, climate emergency action, and more. At Humanist Society Scotland we want…

We write to party leaders to gauge position on key humanist causes
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New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time

May 21, 2024

New figures show that a majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time. This calls into question the privileged place of religion in certain public services such as education. Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland show…

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time
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Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law

April 10, 2024

The introduction of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act has seen cynical attempts to stoke fears that our freedom of speech is being eroded. But as our CEO Fraser Sutherland writes, police statistics show this is a huge…

Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law
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Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?

April 3, 2024

Our CEO discusses the febrile debate surrounding the implementation of the Hate Crime Act, and proposes a way forward that will uphold both human rights and freedom of speech: the high-threshold Rabat Plan for determining hate crimes. This week saw…

Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?
A portrait engraving of Frances Wright by John Chester Buttre. The image shows her with medium length curly hair, puffy sleeves and a waistcoat tucked into a belt tied tightly at her waist. She leans on a desk to her left and rests her face on her left hand.

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2024

As we celebrate the cultural and political achievements of women around the world, here’s an introduction to the remarkable life and complex legacy of Fanny Wright, Scottish pioneer of feminism, anti-slavery, and secular thought. Who was Frances Wright? The Dundee-born…

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day
A view of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Circular rows of desks are arranged on the floor but most of the picture is taken up by the ceiling artwork, a textured sculpture in a blue, green, orange, and yellow colour wash with stalactite like formations handing down from it.

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end

February 19, 2024

We called for pupils in Scotland’s schools to be able to withdraw themselves from religious observance in contributions to two reports submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee. We stated that compulsory religious observance undermines children’s right to freedom of…

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end
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Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment

February 12, 2024

The season of Lent begins on 14 February this year. It’s a period of fasting and reflection for many of Scotland’s Christians. But for a minority it’s also a time to gather in large groups outside abortion clinics to harass…

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment
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Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity

February 6, 2024

In the latest instalment in our interview series, our new board member Tony Khan tells us about his experiences of seeking asylum in the UK, homelessness, and embracing humanism. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?…

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity
Recep Erdogan speaks into a microphone at a press event infront of a blue backdrop with large white text on it (illegible). He has short greying black hair swept to one side and a moustache. He wears a blue suit and tie.

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan

January 29, 2024

We made our views clear after a freedom of information release to The Herald revealed that first minister Humza Yousaf had invited Turkish President Recep Erdoğan on a diplomatic visit to Scotland. Turkey’s human rights record and previously well-regarded commitment…

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan
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Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan

Last year we welcomed a new Chair of Humanist Society Scotland, Jennifer Buchan. Jennifer is a registered Humanist Society celebrant and chaplain and has been involved with humanism for many decades. In this interview she tells us about her journey…

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland