I like to run. I find it is a quick way of getting some exercise, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. I’d like to share my thoughts on this, and also share with you an experience which had the potential of being my first ‘spiritual experience’ *spoiler alert*. I’ve begun recently to take part … Continue reading A spiritual experience? Nah!
On Thursday 20 February I debated with Rev David Andrew Robertson at the invitation of Glasgow Caledonian University Christian Union on the topic ‘Is it reasonable to believe in God?’ You can watch the video bellow and read my thoughts afterwards. My thoughts below… David and I had agreed beforehand that we would make the … Continue reading Is belief in God reasonable? Debate with David Robertson
On 7th February Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf (my regional representative) could be seen volunteering to sell copies of The Big Issue to help out with The Big Issue’s ‘the Big Sell-off’ promotional event. Perhaps my godless heart of stone has predisposed me to a life of sceptical cynicism, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence … Continue reading Shame on Glasgow: Pride in our MSP
This was a debate that I took place in on Friday 6th December 2013. Firstly, apologies for the poor sound quality, there were one or two technical issue, but we managed to get there anyway. I’ve written a short reflection on the debate afterwards. Debate review… I was delighted that John Mason, Patrick Harvie and … Continue reading HSS Education Debate: “What role should religious faith play in Scottish education”
Its time to make your voice heard in one of the most important debates in Scottish Politics at the moment. John Finnie MSP (pictured right) has launched a consultation on a Bill to remove religious privilege. The Bill will do four things: to remove the obligation on local authorities to appoint religious representatives to Education … Continue reading Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege
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?
What role should religious belief play in Scottish education? I am very excited to be joining a panel to discuss this very topic on Friday 6th December 2013 at Glasgow Caledonian University. The panel will consist of Patrick Harvie MSP, John Mason MSP, Richard Lucas and myself. The debate will be filmed, and a copy … Continue reading Education Debate: 6th Dec, 7.30pm at Glasgow Caledonian University (Free)
Scotland, like many areas, is working to try and promote safe, healthy relationships, especially among its younger citizens. As with many issues in Scottish education, religious sectarian divides exist to the detriment of youngsters. The current guidance from the Scottish Government on sexual health and relationships education comes from a circular issued in 2001. This … Continue reading Questioning the First Minister’s commitment to equality
I am a republican, not in the American political sense – I just hold to the democratic principle that the Head of State should not be a hereditary monarch. I am, however, fascinated by the monarchy. I regularly enjoy watching documentaries and commentaries on the royal family. I usually tune in to ‘Trooping the Colour’ … Continue reading Monarchy, no thanks
Can it ever be moral to allow, or even help someone to end their life? As a secularist and a humanist, I value life – a lot. In the words of Richard Dawkins “We are all going to die, but that makes us the lucky ones!”. I find life incredibly interesting, from the ecstatic highs, … Continue reading Right to die or force to live?