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Fife Council removes voting rights from unelected religious advocates on education committee

June 22, 2023

We are delighted that Fife Council has voted by 36 to 32 to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. This follows on from the identical votes passed in the Highlands and Orkney last month and…

Fife Council removes voting rights from unelected religious advocates on education committee
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On World Humanist Day 2023, we have more to fight for than ever

June 21, 2023

For this year’s World Humanist Day, we were proud to offer financial and practical support to a range of activities all over Scotland. All the events tied in with themes humanists care about, such as ecology, empathy with minoritised communities,…

On World Humanist Day 2023, we have more to fight for than ever
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Highland Council removes votes from religious representatives on education committee

May 15, 2023

We are delighted to hear that Highland Council has voted to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The motion passed on Thursday 11 May by 40 votes to 17, a big margin of victory and…

Highland Council removes votes from religious representatives on education committee
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Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

May 4, 2023

The Humanist Society welcomes the news that Orkney Council has removed voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. The motion, presented by Councillors John Ross Scott and Kristopher Leask of the Green Party, passed in a 12-to-9…

Orkney Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
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Our priorities for Humza Yousaf

April 25, 2023

The current parliamentary term could be a pivotal time for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics, and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure…

Our priorities for Humza Yousaf
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Humanist Society interview series: Jackie Roberts, Dignity in Dying campaigner

April 24, 2023

At Humanist Society Scotland we believe passionately in everyone’s right to die in the way they want to. We are currently campaigning for moderate, compassionate assisted dying laws alongside our allies at Dignity in Dying and Friends at The End….

Humanist Society interview series: Jackie Roberts, Dignity in Dying campaigner
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Humanist Society interview series: Joe Goldblatt of Interfaith Edinburgh

April 10, 2023

Professor Joe Goldblatt is an academic and writer who serves as chair of Edinburgh Interfaith Association, the oldest organisation of its kind in Scotland. Humanist Society Scotland got to know Joe and EIA through our work together on the Scottish…

Humanist Society interview series: Joe Goldblatt of Interfaith Edinburgh
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Humanist Society requests assisted dying meeting with Humza Yousaf

March 27, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland has written to the new SNP leader Humza Yousaf to request a meeting on the bill to legalise assisted dying that will shortly come before Holyrood. Mr Yousaf, who was elected as the next candidate for first…

Humanist Society requests assisted dying meeting with Humza Yousaf
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Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf

Humanist Society Scotland notes the election of Humza Yousaf as new leader of the Scottish National Party and candidate for first minister of Scotland. We wish Mr Yousaf all the best in his new role and look forward to working…

Humanist Society responds to election of Humza Yousaf
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Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy

March 21, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland was delighted to contribute to Scottish Government’s new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy, which launches today. The strategy offers a newly accurate understanding of faith and belief across Scotland. This will inform policy development. It’s also about…

Humanist Society contributes to new Faith and Belief Engagement Strategy
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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…

Humza Yousaf responds to our open letter to SNP leadership candidates