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

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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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
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The year in good news

December 18, 2023

The new year is approaching. And the world feels like a dark and scary place in lots of ways. So, to warm the cockles during the festive season, here’s an incomplete rundown of some good news for humanists across 2023,…

The year in good news
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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
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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
Jennifer Buchan delivers our opening thoughts at the conference. She has blonde hair and a red shawl and stands at a podium.

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech

November 1, 2023

On Friday 27 October 2023 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, our chair Jennifer Buchan delivered the opening remarks for our annual conference, on the future of abortion rights in Scotland. We are delighted to publish Jennifer’s speech here. In it, she…

Humanist Society Conference 2023: chair’s opening speech
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Joy, anger, and hope: a report on Humanist Society Conference 2023, The Future of Reproductive Rights in Scotland

October 30, 2023

At our annual conference we discussed the future of reproductive rights in Scotland with a brilliant cast of pro-choice speakers. We report on a day full of stories of victory and defeat, moments of joy and anger, lessons learned, and…

Joy, anger, and hope: a report on Humanist Society Conference 2023, The Future of Reproductive Rights in Scotland
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Humanist Society interview series: Jade Stein of Engender on decriminalising abortion

October 10, 2023

We like to use our Humanist Society interview series to introduce some of the vital progressive causes our allies and peers are working on. Decriminalising abortion is the next big fight for the reproductive rights movement in Scotland. It’s one…

Humanist Society interview series: Jade Stein of Engender on decriminalising abortion
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Humanist Society interview series: Gemma Clark, abortion rights campaigner

May 22, 2023

At Humanist Society Scotland, we love talking to inspiring campaigners. We got to know abortion-rights activist and primary schoolteacher Gemma Clark through her awareness-raising work on the need for buffer zones around abortion services. Scotland is the last part of…

Humanist Society interview series: Gemma Clark, abortion rights campaigner
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Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald

May 2, 2023

We were pleased to have our say in a new article in The Herald revealing that eight Scottish local authorities which allowed an anti-abortion group to speak to pupils about reproductive health failed to provide alternative, pro-choice visits. The Society…

Schools did not provide balance to anti-abortion visits: Humanist Society comments in The Herald