A golden sunset over the water on the Isle of Man.

Humanist Society welcomes vote in favour of assisted dying on Isle of Man

November 2, 2023

The Isle of Man’s parliament has voted in favour of a bill to introduce assisted dying for terminally ill people. The Assisted Dying Bill won a vote following its second reading at the Isle of Man’s parliament by 70% (17…

Humanist Society welcomes vote in favour of assisted dying on Isle of Man
Jennifer Buchan delivers our opening thoughts at the conference. She has blonde hair and a red shawl and stands at a podium.

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech

November 1, 2023

On Friday 27 October 2023 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, our chair Jennifer Buchan delivered the opening remarks for our annual conference, on the future of abortion rights in Scotland. We are delighted to publish Jennifer’s speech here. In it, she…

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech

Humanist Society interview series: Becky Kenton-Lake on Stop Climate Chaos Scotland’s new climate manifesto

October 24, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is a proud member of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition. SCCS brings together over 60 organisations working towards a net-zero planet and international climate justice. We spoke to the organisation’s coalition manager, Becky Kenton-Lake, to…

Humanist Society interview series: Becky Kenton-Lake on Stop Climate Chaos Scotland’s new climate manifesto
Portrait shot of Jade Stein. She wears a black jumper with necklace and has red hair tied in a bun on top of her head.

Humanist Society interview series: Jade Stein of Engender on decriminalising abortion

October 10, 2023

We like to use our Humanist Society interview series to introduce some of the vital progressive causes our allies and peers are working on. Decriminalising abortion is the next big fight for the reproductive rights movement in Scotland. It’s one…

Humanist Society interview series: Jade Stein of Engender on decriminalising abortion
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Writing to reach you: our unanswered letters on assisted dying to Humza Yousaf and his health secretary

September 26, 2023

With new polling from Yougov showing an overwhelming majority of Scots support assisted dying, we’ve been thinking about some unanswered letters we sent earlier this year….. The day after Humza Yousaf’s election as first minister, we wrote to him requesting…

Writing to reach you: our unanswered letters on assisted dying to Humza Yousaf and his health secretary
Humza Yousaf and Michael Matheson sit in a circle of people on chairs having a discussion. Humza wears a suit and Michael wears a shirt and tie.

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows

September 19, 2023

A new poll from Yougov shows that most religious people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying. The evidence, commissioned by Dignity in Dying and gathered during July 2023, reveals that 64% of people who identify with a particular religion support…

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows
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New poll shows disabled people in Scotland overwhelmingly support assisted dying

September 18, 2023

New research conducted by YouGov shows that 79% of disabled people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying. The research, undertaken during July 2023, also reveals that a slightly higher percentage of disabled people support legalising assisted dying than the figure…

New poll shows disabled people in Scotland overwhelmingly support assisted dying
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Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

August 31, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is delighted that Edinburgh Council has voted to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. Since the start of May, five councils (Edinburgh, Stirling,* Fife, Highlands, and Orkney) have voted to remove these undemocratic…

Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
James Calder smiles at the camera. He has short strawberry blond hair and wears a matt pink shirt with no tie and a grey suit jacket. He is standing in front of a hedge.

Humanist Society interview series: James Calder, Fife councillor for fair school votes

August 22, 2023

One of our most important campaigns is about removing undemocratic voting rights from religious representatives on local education committees. Due to a historic piece of legislation all local councils have to include three religious representatives on their local education committees….

Humanist Society interview series: James Calder, Fife councillor for fair school votes
Humza Yousaf talks at a podium in front of a black curtain. He wears a blue suit and tartan tie.

Humza Yousaf turns down meeting with Humanist Society on assisted dying

August 15, 2023

Four and a half months after we sent a letter to Humza Yousaf requesting a meeting to make our case on assisted dying, we have received a reply. While it responds partially to one of our requests, it turns down…

Humza Yousaf turns down meeting with Humanist Society on assisted dying
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Stirling Council will remove education votes from religious reps after next election

July 17, 2023

We are delighted that Stirling Council has voted to remove voting rights from religious representatives on its education committee. The change will take effect after the next local council elections in 2027. Conservative and Unionist councillor Bryan Flannagan proposed the…

Stirling Council will remove education votes from religious reps after next election