A view of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Circular rows of desks are arranged on the floor but most of the picture is taken up by the ceiling artwork, a textured sculpture in a blue, green, orange, and yellow colour wash with stalactite like formations handing down from it.

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end

February 19, 2024

We called for pupils in Scotland’s schools to be able to withdraw themselves from religious observance in contributions to two reports submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee. We stated that compulsory religious observance undermines children’s right to freedom of…

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end
Brian Souter gesticulates with his arms as he speaks. He is wearing a blue suit with a stagecoach logo and has short brown hair, balding on top.

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter, funder of US-based organisations alleged to have covered up sexual assault in US

February 14, 2024

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts and findings on Brian Souter’s charitable interests for a piece in The Guardian on Humza Yousaf’s renewed relationship with the businessman. Severin Carrell’s article of 14 February reveals that Souter has given £650,000…

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter, funder of US-based organisations alleged to have covered up sexual assault in US
Alice stands on a street wearing a white dress with leather jacket. She has dark pulled back hair and holds her hand to her head. A scottish street stretches away in the background.

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment

February 12, 2024

The season of Lent begins on 14 February this year. It’s a period of fasting and reflection for many of Scotland’s Christians. But for a minority it’s also a time to gather in large groups outside abortion clinics to harass…

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment
Portrait photo of Tony who wears an aviator jacket and adjusts a brimmed hat (perhaps a panama or fedora type hat, with a feather in the band) while smiling at the camera. He wears glasses and a snood.

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity

February 6, 2024

In the latest instalment in our interview series, our new board member Tony Khan tells us about his experiences of seeking asylum in the UK, homelessness, and embracing humanism. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?…

Humanist Society interview series: board member Tony Khan on claiming asylum and finding strength in adversity
Recep Erdogan speaks into a microphone at a press event infront of a blue backdrop with large white text on it (illegible). He has short greying black hair swept to one side and a moustache. He wears a blue suit and tie.

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan

January 29, 2024

We made our views clear after a freedom of information release to The Herald revealed that first minister Humza Yousaf had invited Turkish President Recep Erdoğan on a diplomatic visit to Scotland. Turkey’s human rights record and previously well-regarded commitment…

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan
A selfie of Jennifer infront of a sunlit bay on the Scottish coast. She has blonde hair tied in a bun above her head and smiles at the camera.

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan

Last year we welcomed a new Chair of Humanist Society Scotland, Jennifer Buchan. Jennifer is a registered Humanist Society celebrant and chaplain and has been involved with humanism for many decades. In this interview she tells us about her journey…

Humanist Society interview series: Meet our new chair, Jennifer Buchan
A winding road running down a steep mountain side in dramatic loops, with ragged rocks rising up to the right of the image and a beautiful cloudy sunset in the sky above. Infront of the sky text reads "Where Next?"

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
A festivus feast table with bagels, cakes, bread and more covering the surface. A sign poked in the bagels reads "Festivus yes! Bagels no!"

Festivus for the rest of us!

December 18, 2023

Lots of us get tired of the commercialism and stress of Christmas. Our community engagement manager Lara tells us why it’s Festivus all the way for her! In the third century BCE the Roman comic poet Plautus used the word…

Festivus for the rest of us!
Writer Alice Tarbuck poses against a blue-grey wall. She is positioned to the left of the image and looks upwards to the left with a smile. She wears a red coat and flowery blouse and has short brown hair.

Humanist Society interview series: a very Pagan Solstice with writer Alice Tarbuck

At Humanist Society Scotland we believe in learning from diverse belief systems in a spirit of empathy and secularism. We also know that for many of our members, winter solstice is a really important event in the festive calendar, perhaps…

Humanist Society interview series: a very Pagan Solstice with writer Alice Tarbuck
A side-on shot of a row of religious protestors lined up outside an abortion healthcare facility.

We submit our views to buffer zones consultation

We have submitted our views to a consultation on the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Scotland) Bill. If implemented, this bill will create a “buffer zone” of 200m around abortion services in Scotland. This will make the religiously motivated harassment…

We submit our views to buffer zones consultation
A teacher with red hair and a black top leans over two students of about eight years old, one in a grey jumper and one in a red festive jumper with Minnie Mouse and a snowflake on. Both are writing on sheets of paper.

Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools

December 6, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is exploring how religious approval requirements for teachers in denominational schools impact those with humanist and non-Christian beliefs. We want to hear from people with first-hand experience of the teacher-approval process, including teachers, former teachers, administrative staff,…

Humanist Society seeking help on research project about faith schools