Time to repeal European Blasphemy Laws, Now! My speech to European Parliament

 Thank you. Good afternoon everyone. Can I start by thanking Mairead and Jan Figel, first of all for having us here today. I think you should know that it's very important to us, and that we value the chance to come here and speak to you about these important issues. And as Jan Figel said … Continue reading Time to repeal European Blasphemy Laws, Now! My speech to European Parliament

Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]

I was asked to contribute to this Holyrood Magazine article on behalf of the Humanist Society Scotland. http://www.holyrood.com/2014/07/leap-of-faith-2/ The article was prompted by the news that one of the people identified in an ISIS recruitment video was educated in Aberdeen, and also the issues raised in relation to religion in education in Birmingham. I would … Continue reading Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]

Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

I meet a lot of people in my daily business who aren’t really that worried about the role that religion and religious groups play in education. I’ve taken the following video from CARE Scotland’s website. I’ve made two changes, 1) put the name of my blog on there (shameless), and 2) I’ve added a note … Continue reading Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

My letter to the BPS Clinical Psychology Forum

(Published in the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Forum 258, June 2014) I read Dr Weatherhead's media column (CPF:257) on ‘The media-based stigmatisation of people who access benefits’, and whilst I understand that it was offered as a personal contribution, I would like to make a few comments. I'm currently an undergraduate … Continue reading My letter to the BPS Clinical Psychology Forum

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Comments on ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal

At a Scottish Referendum meeting on 9th June 2014, Mike Russell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education was answering questions about the Scottish Governments independence proposals. I asked Mike Russell: In light of the 'Trojan Horse' incidents down-south today - whilst I understand Scotland has a different system, which you are in charge of, although … Continue reading Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Comments on ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal

My speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland

I’d like to start by saying thank you to Ramin for inviting me to speak at this first public seminar of Ex Muslims Scotland. Having been involved with secular and humanist campaigning for a good few years now, I notice that we can sometimes become accustomed to certain aspects of public discourse. Most noticeably of … Continue reading My speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland

Islamic radicalisation in Birmingham–A Scottish perspective

It’s always important when discussing ideological issues, such as Islam, to distinguish between the idea and the person. As a humanist I value the intrinsic worth of every person, regardless of their beliefs. However I also believe strongly that all ideas are open to criticism, and that in a liberal democracy, no ideology is beyond … Continue reading Islamic radicalisation in Birmingham–A Scottish perspective

My experiences with the Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday 6th May 2014, I became the fourth humanist to lead a ‘Time for Reflection’ in The Scottish Parliament. This article was originally written for Humanist Society Scotland. I’m very proud of this, and it was a great honour to be invited. The reason I came to be invited was a result of a … Continue reading My experiences with the Scottish Parliament

Video of Time for Reflection address

The video footage of me leading the fourth humanist Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament; Full text is: "Members of the Scottish Parliament, I would like to tell you a story about a wee boy from a land far, far away. It was a wonderful land, made rich by the many different cultures and … Continue reading Video of Time for Reflection address