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Humanists in the media on new data showing Scotland is majority non-religious

May 22, 2024

We’ve been having our say in the media on new census data from the National Records of Scotland showing Scotland is a majority non-religious country for the first time. Our CEO Fraser Sutherland has had a busy week speaking to…

Humanists in the media on new data showing Scotland is majority non-religious
Humanists on a march, holding up a large banner that reads "Humanists Society Scotland" and a placard that reads "Humanists against Hate."

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time

May 21, 2024

New figures show that a majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time. This calls into question the privileged place of religion in certain public services such as education. Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland show…

New census figures show majority of Scots are non-religious for the first time
Aerial group portrait shot of the members of the first Scottish parliament, held in the General Assembly Hall of the Church of Scotland, a large, wood-panelled room.

Holyrood at 25: The foundations of a humanist parliament

May 15, 2024

As the Scottish Parliament celebrates its 25th anniversary, our policy and campaigns officer Joe looks back at the devolved parliament’s first debate on 18 May 1999. How has the faith and belief landscape of Scotland changed since devolution? What has…

Holyrood at 25: The foundations of a humanist parliament
The Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio (seat of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) in Vatican City. A front view showing the yellow stuccoed and stone facade and ornate neoclassical entrance.

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide

April 15, 2024

A new publication from the Vatican, on the theme of “human dignity,” places assisted dying and abortion alongside genocide and murder as examples of “offences against life.” It also condemns gender-affirming care and surrogate motherhood. According to an article in…

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide
A long line of people against a wire fence. Some hold candles. The fence is covered in placards which are mostly not legible but some of which read "Rights for Women" and similar. The photo is taken from across the road.

Huge anti-abortion protest marks final day of Lent, encouraged by Paisley Diocese

March 25, 2024

Around 100 anti-abortion protestors stood outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Sunday, holding placards and leaflets opposing abortion and offering ‘support’ to service users. In the days leading up to the event, the Paisley Diocese of the…

Huge anti-abortion protest marks final day of Lent, encouraged by Paisley Diocese
A portrait engraving of Frances Wright by John Chester Buttre. The image shows her with medium length curly hair, puffy sleeves and a waistcoat tucked into a belt tied tightly at her waist. She leans on a desk to her left and rests her face on her left hand.

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2024

As we celebrate the cultural and political achievements of women around the world, here’s an introduction to the remarkable life and complex legacy of Fanny Wright, Scottish pioneer of feminism, anti-slavery, and secular thought. Who was Frances Wright? The Dundee-born…

Remembering Frances Wright on International Women’s Day
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
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We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter

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
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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
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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