Scottish Blasphemy Law Repealed Following Humanist Campaign

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…

Humanist campaigners win key amendments in Hate Crime Bill

Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf announced that he will drop sections of the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill that would have criminalised insulting religious beliefs under provisions aimed at stirring up hatred. The Bill will now protect…

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Hate Crime Bill changed after Humanist campaign

The Hate Crime Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament is to be amended after an intervention by Humanist Society Scotland and our supporters. The Scottish Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, confirmed to Parliament that he would make changes asked for by…

Hate Crime Consultation “missed opportunity” say Humanists

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on reviewing Scotland’s Hate Crime Laws. Humanist Society Scotland made representations on a number of issues and had raised the prospect of using the legislation to scrap Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy law as part…

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