Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What was family background — geography, culture, language, religion/irreligion, and education? Gary McLelland: Hi Scott. I grew up in a small town outside of Glasgow on the west coast of Scotland. It was a happy childhood. I was also fortunate to have family in a small village in the north west coast of Scotland called … Continue reading In-depth interview with Humanist Voices
Humanists at the UN Human Rights Council have condemned the practice of discrimination by “caste”, which continues in a number of countries, highlighting India as an egregious example. Chief Executive of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), Gary McLelland, delivered the oral statement in Geneva on Tuesday 20 March 2018. McLelland outlined the horrific practice … Continue reading Time for action on shameful caste discrimination, my statement to the United Nations
Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How does IHEU fight for the rights of the religious and the non-religious? Gary McLelland: The IHEU is the only global democratic membership body for the range of non-religious organisations in the world. We are a network of atheist, humanist, laique, skeptic, ethical cultural and other groups. IHEU does a range of activity … Continue reading Interview for Canadian Atheist
There's only 5 weeks left until I will attempt to run my fastest ever marathon of under 3h30m in Edinburgh on the 27th May. Please, if you can, make a small contribution today to help me meet my target. Today is also the day of the London Marathon. I spent some time cheering on the … Continue reading 5 weeks left to sponsor my marathon run!
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!
(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
This was my speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland. You can read the full speech here.
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
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
Today (Tuesday 6 May 2014) is an important day in the 15-year life of The Scottish Parliament. I am humbled to become, today, the fourth person to lead a humanistic reflection in the chamber. It is both a great honour, and a sad realisation that despite the earlier commitments by our First Minister, and others, I … Continue reading Fourth humanist Time for Reflection in 15 years of The Scottish Parliament