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2023 in campaigns

January 27, 2023

2023 looks set be a pivotal year 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 dignity in…

2023 in campaigns

Does religion still matter in politics?

September 21, 2022

Join us on Monday October 3rd for an online event as Edinburgh Humanists host guest speaker Sir John Curtice FRSA FRSE FBA as he explores the question, does religion still matter in politics?

Sir John is a British political scientist, senior research fellow at NatCen, and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. This event is hosted by the Edinburgh Humanists and will be followed by a Q&A  facilitated by Humanist Society Scotland CEO, Fraser Sutherland.

Does religion still matter in politics?

OMG you can’t write that!

September 15, 2022

Join us for an online event to marked Banned Book Week 2022 on Thursday 22nd September. Fraser Sutherland, Emma Wadsworth-Jones, Professor Maggie Kinloch, Terry Anderson, and Terry Greig will explore the topic of book banning, censorship and religion during the online talk, OMG you can’t write that!

OMG you can’t write that!
Abortion Devolution

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care

June 27, 2022

Scottish Humanists have reacted to today’s abortion care summit hosted by the First Minister. Humanist Society Scotland chair, Professor Maggie Kinloch attended the summit alongside other campaigners who have called for urgent action to improve abortion care and protection for…

Humanists attend First Minister’s summit on abortion care

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland

May 24, 2022

After John Swinney MSP made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the future of the UNCRC bill and vowed to ‘bold’ on children’s rights in Scotland, Humanist Society Scotland have questioned why progress has been glacial on reforms highlighted to be needed by the committee.

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland
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

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

Three quarters of Scots reject church Covid lockdown exemptions

February 17, 2021

New polling released today by Humanist Society Scotland shows that an overwhelming three-quarters of Scots reject the view of a number of churches that they should be exempt from lockdown, as church leaders lodge a judicial review appealing for places of worship to be exempt from coronavirus restrictions.

Three quarters of Scots reject church Covid lockdown exemptions

Humanists welcome hate crime bill amendments

February 9, 2021

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed amendments to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill agreed by MSPs this morning. The amendments agreed today remove the specific sections in the draft bill that targeted theatres and owning ‘inflammatory material’. In…

Humanists welcome hate crime bill amendments