Bute House in Edinburgh, the first minister's official residence.

Humanist Society Scotland on Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation

February 15, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland notes the resignation of Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. As first minister Ms Sturgeon has led Scotland through a time of progressive change, including improving LGBT+ inclusive education in schools, strengthening children’s rights and, more recently, overseeing…

Humanist Society Scotland on Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation
A voting box bearing a religious symbol

We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights

May 11, 2022

We have written to all of Scotland’s local councils urging them to end voting rights for non-elected church representatives sitting on local education committees.

We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights
Mubarak Bala

2020 Scottish humanist of the year jailed for blasphemy

April 5, 2022

Humanist Society Scotland and humanists across the globe have reacted with dismay after Mubarak Bala was sentenced to 24 years in prison in relation to social media posts that were deemed to be “blasphemous”. Dr Leo Igwe, Board member of…

2020 Scottish humanist of the year jailed for blasphemy

Non-religious people encouraged to ‘be honest’ about their beliefs in 2022 Census

March 9, 2022

New research carried out by YouGov published today by Humanist Society Scotland reveals how the 2022 Scottish census is potentially expected to show a vast decline in religious identity when compared to the 2011 census. The poll findings reveal how…

Non-religious people encouraged to ‘be honest’ about their beliefs in 2022 Census

Climate emission results ‘alarming’

June 24, 2021

Greenhouse gas emissions data from 2019, released by the Scottish Government last week, shows that Scotland has not met its annual target of reducing emissions. Three years of targets have now been missed ‒ for the years 2017, 2018, 2019….

Climate emission results ‘alarming’

Scottish blasphemy law repealed following humanist campaign

March 11, 2021

Today members of Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Hate Crimes and Public Order (Scotland) Act which (amongst other things) repeals Scotland’s common law offense of “blasphemy”.  Humanist Society Scotland has been at the forefront of the campaign to repeal…

Scottish blasphemy law repealed following humanist campaign

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

Scottish water wash hands of dowsing

December 1, 2017

Scottish Water have distanced themselves from the practice of water dowsing after media reports suggested the publicly owned firm’s engineers were using the technique in maintenance. In a twitter exchange with award winning science writer and oxford academic Sally Le…

Scottish water wash hands of dowsing
Simon Stevens

End Scottish NHS spending on homeopathy

August 2, 2017

Humanist Society Scotland has called on the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison, to review how NHS Boards are funding Homeopathy in Scotland. However in a reply, the Scottish Government states that they “recognise that some Complementary and…

End Scottish NHS spending on homeopathy

Survey reveals highest ever proportion of non-religious Scots

July 4, 2017

Figures from the annual Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, run by ScotCen social researchers, have shown the highest ever proportion of non-religious people. The new findings from Scotland’s most authoritative survey of public attitudes show that nearly six in ten (58%)…

Survey reveals highest ever proportion of non-religious Scots

Plans for soft opt-out organ donation welcomed

June 28, 2017

The Scottish Government have announced plans to bring forward legislation to change the organ donation system to a soft opt-out. Humanist Society Scotland had previously called for such a change and we are pleased to see this now being brought…

Plans for soft opt-out organ donation welcomed