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

December 18, 2023

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
Kate Forbes delivers a talk on a stage with blue curtains behind her, wearing a teal dress and holding papers.

Kate Forbes and the return of anti-abortion politics

December 5, 2023

Kate Forbes’s latest comments on buffer-zone legislation have us wondering: what has changed in our culture to allow voices like hers to thrive? At the end of last month, Kate Forbes MSP gave an interview with the Catholic news outlet…

Kate Forbes and the return of anti-abortion politics
Dave Brackenridge, wearing a black jumper with a microphone in his hand and lectern infront of him, evangelises to an audience live on YouTube.

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools

November 13, 2023

An article in The National reveals that Dave Brackenridge is the CEO of Rookie Rockstars, a charity operating in several Scottish primary schools. He was recently recorded making comments about the First Minister, Rishi Sunak (whom he mistakenly calls a…

Humanist Society comments on links between evangelical pastor and charity working in primary schools
Aerial shot of a large group attending a remembrance event, standing in a circle round a memorial, in Wick.

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Linda Smith on humanist remembrance

November 8, 2023

Every year, humanist celebrants across Scotland take part in remembrance ceremonies. We do so to represent Scotland’s secular majority, and to commemorate lives lost in war from a position of compassion, empathy, and respect for all human life. We spoke…

Humanist Society interview series: celebrant Linda Smith on humanist remembrance
Humza Yousaf and Michael Matheson sit in a circle of people on chairs having a discussion. Humza wears a suit and Michael wears a shirt and tie.

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows

September 19, 2023

A new poll from Yougov shows that most religious people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying. The evidence, commissioned by Dignity in Dying and gathered during July 2023, reveals that 64% of people who identify with a particular religion support…

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows

No higher power has the right to dictate the terms of our death

September 15, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland has today refuted religious arguments put against the right to an assisted death by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. On 13 September a representative of the leadership of the Catholic Church in Scotland wrote to The Herald….

No higher power has the right to dictate the terms of our death
The Danish Parliament building at Christiansborg, with multi-storey stone wings and a central spire.

Our CEO talks Danish blasphemy laws on BBC Scotland

September 11, 2023

Our CEO Fraser Sutherland talked about the danger of “back-door blasphemy laws” when he joined Cathy MacDonald on BBC Scotland’s Sunday Morning show last week (9 September). Discussing the issue alongside him were Aman De Sondy, Head of Religious Studies…

Our CEO talks Danish blasphemy laws on BBC Scotland
A view of Edinburgh City Chambers, a set of neoclassical stone buildings forming a courtyard with archways in front.

Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee

August 31, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is delighted that Edinburgh Council has voted to remove voting rights from unelected religious representatives on its education committee. Since the start of May, five councils (Edinburgh, Stirling,* Fife, Highlands, and Orkney) have voted to remove these undemocratic…

Edinburgh Council removes voting rights from religious reps on education committee
James Calder smiles at the camera. He has short strawberry blond hair and wears a matt pink shirt with no tie and a grey suit jacket. He is standing in front of a hedge.

Humanist Society interview series: James Calder, Fife councillor for fair school votes

August 22, 2023

One of our most important campaigns is about removing undemocratic voting rights from religious representatives on local education committees. Due to a historic piece of legislation all local councils have to include three religious representatives on their local education committees….

Humanist Society interview series: James Calder, Fife councillor for fair school votes