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!
Last month, I attended an event organised by Xaverian Missionaries in the US and UK. The event was titled “A Conversation Between Religious Believers and Humanists on Values and Ethics”. I must admit to be being very sceptical about the idea of being involved in ‘interfaith’ dialogue. As an atheist I do not identify myself … Continue reading Time for atheists, secularists and humanists to engage in interfaith dialogue?