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
The full statement released on Friday 25th January was: The Church of Scotland and Humanist Society Scotland have called for legislation to be brought forward to change Religious Observance in schools to “Time for Reflection” as a way of making these events more inclusive and clearly not gatherings where one faith or belief system is … Continue reading STV News on joint statement from Humanist Society Scotland and the Kirk
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?
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?
On Sunday 15th September I joined Tim Maguire of The Humanist Society Scotland at the LibDem Party Conference at a meeting of the ‘Humanist & Secularist Liberal Democrats’ on UN International day for Democracy. This is what I had to say… Tim Maguire of the Humanist Society Scotland, and I were invited to speak on … Continue reading It’s okay to be unsure: My talk to the LibDems
The use of the face veil is quite possibly one of the most depressing sights (Independent, Tuesday 17th Sept 2013). The face veil symbolises the very essence of female subservience to the chauvinistic culture of monotheism. Of course, in a liberal democracy the choice of headwear is a free choice for individuals. However, the principle … Continue reading Our citizens behind the veil
As a former and formative resident of East Kilbride, I followed with interest the various news articles regarding the Church of Christ dishing out creationist propaganda in a state-funded primary school. It goes without saying that anti-scientific nonsense has no place in any schools, but with a Government in Holyrood that promotes the role of … Continue reading Hometown religion: my musings