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

Fourth humanist Time for Reflection in 15 years of The Scottish Parliament

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

Shame on Glasgow: Pride in our MSP

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

STV News on joint statement from Humanist Society Scotland and the Kirk

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

Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege

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

Time for atheists, secularists and humanists to engage in interfaith dialogue?

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?