Irish scrap blasphemy laws- Calls for Scotland to follow

Votes in Ireland supported scrapping the countries constitutional restriction on Blasphemy. Humanists say Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf should follow suit by scrapping Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy offence Voters in Ireland have removed the countries blasphemy law in a referendum. This leaves…

Scottish Government announce funding for child funerals

The Scottish Government have announced an agreement with local authorities that will mean across Scotland families will not be charged for burial and cremations of children. Humanist Society Scotland have welcomed the news as a fantastic step forward to better…

Abortion Devolution

Humanists defend abortion rights

The Humanist Society Scotland have responded to a statement by The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland lamenting 50 years of the Abortion Act. Spokesperson for the Humanist Society Scotland, Ronit Quayle said: “The majority of Scots recognise the importance of a woman’s right…

religious approval teachers

Renewed calls to end religious approval for teachers

Renewed calls have been made regarding bringing to an end religious approval for teachers. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Larry Flanagan head of Scotland’s largest teaching union EIS said of the approval system which currently exists in Scotland’s…

Plans for soft opt-out organ donation welcomed

The Scottish Government have announced plans to bring forward legislation to change the organ donation system to a soft opt-out. Humanist Society Scotland had previously called for such a change and we are pleased to see this now being brought…

Boycott call on School Religious Reps in West Dunbartonshire

Humanist Society Scotland have called on the members of West Dunbartonshire’s minority faith groups to boycott the recruitment process for a new religious representative to the Council Education Committee. At present the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church…

Faith schools provide ‘no better results’

New research published by IPPR Scotland, supported by Humanist Society Scotland, has debunked the myth that denominational schools in Scotland provide better educational outcomes for pupils than non-denominational schools. The respected research body found that there is no evidence to suggest…