Keir Starmer addressing a hustings event against a red background. He wears a suit without a tie and is speaking at a lectern.

Humanist Society calls for bold action on secular and progressive causes from new government

July 5, 2024

With the Labour Party winning a large mandate to govern the UK, now is the time to take bold action on secular and progressive causes, from removing bishops from the Lords to fighting the climate emergency. Humanist Society Scotland notes…

Humanist Society calls for bold action on secular and progressive causes from new government
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Use our guide for responding to the assisted dying consultation

June 18, 2024

We know that our members and supporters care passionately about assisted dying. Holyrood’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has just launched a call for views on Liam McArthur’s draft bill to legalise assisted dying. The deadline for responses is…

Use our guide for responding to the assisted dying consultation
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We launch our general election 2024 resources

June 17, 2024

We’ve created a DIY election kit that our members and supporters can use to campaign on humanist causes ahead of the 2024 general election. At Humanist Society Scotland we want to see a more ethical, rational, and socially just Scotland….

We launch our general election 2024 resources
Graphic showing people putting slips in a voting box showing the Humanist Society Scotland logo, and LGBT+ flag, and a science symbol. Text reads "I'm voting humanist."

General Election 2024 resources

On this page you’ll find all the resources you need to campaign for humanist causes ahead of the UK General Election 2024: If you prefer, you can also download and print out our DIY election kit below. Write to your…

General Election 2024 resources
Cartoon showing a group of people shouting with signs reading "decriminalise abortion," "safe access," and "abortion is healthcare."

Buffer zones bill passes final vote and will become law

June 12, 2024

Today, MSPs voted by an overwhelming majority of 118 to 1 to introduce buffer zones laws that will protect abortion service users from religiously motivated harassment. We are delighted that MSPs have voted in favour of Gillian Mackay MSP’s Abortion…

Buffer zones bill passes final vote and will become law
A row of anti-abortion protestors holding placards infront of some railings.

Wrecking amendments reintroduced ahead of final vote on buffer zones

June 5, 2024

Ahead of the final vote on the buffer zones bill next week, wrecking amendments have been reintroduced by Jeremy Balfour MSP. We urge MSPs to vote against them. On June 12 2024, MSPs will take part in the final vote…

Wrecking amendments reintroduced ahead of final vote on buffer zones
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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
A group of anti-abortion protestors outside an abortion facility in Glasgow, holding signs.

Wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill withdrawn but questions remain over “chaplaincy services”

May 28, 2024

Today, Holyrood’s health committee considered amendments to Gillian Mackay’s buffer zones bill. Several wrecking amendments were withdrawn but discussions are ongoing about the provision of “chaplaincy services” at abortion facilities. Today, MSPs on Holyrood’s Health, Social Care, and Sport Committee…

Wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill withdrawn but questions remain over “chaplaincy services”
A row of anti-abortion protestors outside a hospital in Glasgow

MSPs must stop wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill

May 27, 2024

MSPs will soon debate amendments to Gillian Mackay’s buffer zones bill. Some of the amendments are designed to wreck the legislation. The committee must reject them. Health committee MSPs will meet on Tuesday 28 May to debate proposed changes to…

MSPs must stop wrecking amendments to buffer zones bill
Aerial group portrait shot of the members of the first Scottish parliament, held in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, a large, wood-panelled room.

Holyrood at 25: The foundations of a humanist parliament

May 15, 2024

As the Scottish Parliament celebrates its 25th anniversary, our policy and campaigns officer Joe looks back at the devolved parliament’s first debate on 18 May 1999. How has the faith and belief landscape of Scotland changed since devolution? What has…

Holyrood at 25: The foundations of a humanist parliament
Official Holyrood portraits of Kate Forbes (l) and John Swinney (r). She wears a flowery dress and red jacket and he wears a black suit with purple tie.

Humanist Society responds to election of John Swinney and Kate Forbes

While we have serious disagreements with the deputy first minister’s personal views on LGBT+ rights, abortion, assisted dying, and more, this new administration has reaffirmed its progressive commitments. John Swinney is Scotland’s new first minister, and Kate Forbes is his…

Humanist Society responds to election of John Swinney and Kate Forbes