Letter from Prof Rebecca Stott

January 31, 2019

Exclusive Brethren sues Scottish academic over publication of sermons Dear Scottish Humanists, I am hoping you might be able to help support a dear friend of mine, Ian McKay, a 74-year-old academic from Glasgow who is defending himself against a…

Letter from Prof Rebecca Stott

New research reveals Scots’ tolerance

December 28, 2018

A new research report by Humanist Society Scotland has shown that tolerance in Scotland to people of different faiths or none in Scotland is very high amongst the Scottish public. However the report authors, Humanist Society Scotland, cite concern about…

New research reveals Scots’ tolerance

End the blasphemy stain on Scotland’s human rights record

November 23, 2018

Humanist Society Scotland have written to Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries Aileen Campbell and Humza Yousaf to call for Scotland’s common law offence against Blasphemy to be dropped in forthcoming legislation covering Hate Crime. The letter, published below, calls the retention…

End the blasphemy stain on Scotland’s human rights record

UNCRC boost to our religious observance campaign

September 4, 2018

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed the First Minister’s statement that the Scottish Government will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law. One fundamental change that would have to result of this is that…

UNCRC boost to our religious observance campaign

Blasphemy, human rights and a very naughty boy

June 6, 2018

SUPPORT ENDING THE SCOTTISH BLASPHEMY LAW BY SIGNING THE PETITION NOW Last week when talking to friends about the campaign work Humanist Society Scotland, they expressed surprise that Scotland still has a common law offence against Blasphemy. To be fair,…

Blasphemy, human rights and a very naughty boy

Respect youth choice on religion and belief

December 21, 2017

A coalition of Scottish charities and youth representatives have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education calling for young people’s rights to be respected when it come to religion in school. This follows a campaign, led by the Humanist Society,…

Respect youth choice on religion and belief

Disbelief at BBC proposal for religious output increase

December 20, 2017

Reacting to the BBC’s review of Religion and Ethics Gordon MacRae, Chief Executive of Humanist Society Scotland, expressed concern, saying, “It is extremely disappointing that the authors of their BBC’s review of its Religious and Ethics have chosen to wilfully…

Disbelief at BBC proposal for religious output increase

Global humanists persecuted and face severe discrimination warns new report

December 5, 2017

A new digital version of the report with interactive maps can be viewed online The 2017 Freedom of Thought Report highlights seven countries that have actively persecuted non-religious people this year. The report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union…

Global humanists persecuted and face severe discrimination warns new report

Scottish Government won’t scrap blasphemy laws

July 7, 2017

Written correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to an HSS member shows the Scottish Government have no intention of scrapping Scotland’s blasphemy laws. The letter from Michael Matheson MSP published below¬†by HSS says: Following this the Scottish Parliament has been handed…

Scottish Government won’t scrap blasphemy laws

Vandalism of Bangladesh restaurants ‘violating’ Ramadam

July 3, 2017

Guest post by Bangladesh Humanist Blogger Prithu Sanyal (Twitter: @atheistprithu) Across the world the month of Ramadan is observed with respect. In my home country of Bangladesh, most of the restaurants and tea stalls are closed to respect Ramadan and those fasting….

Vandalism of Bangladesh restaurants ‘violating’ Ramadam

Brian Hawkins leads time for reflection

June 7, 2017

On 6th June HSS registered celebrant Brian Hawkins gave a very thought provoking time for reflection about what we do in times of tragedy. You can watch the video of Brian at the Scottish Parliament on their website or at…

Brian Hawkins leads time for reflection