This is a long form article assessing the European Court of Human Rights' approach to blasphemy laws
In August 2017 I was interviewed by the Polish Rationalist Association's Kaja Rryx on the subject of 'Challenges for secularism in Scotland'. https://youtu.be/xYIRvM1Cnes
Thank you. Good afternoon everyone. Can I start by thanking Mairead and Jan Figel, first of all for having us here today. I think you should know that it's very important to us, and that we value the chance to come here and speak to you about these important issues. And as Jan Figel said … Continue reading Time to repeal European Blasphemy Laws, Now! My speech to European Parliament
I was invited to take part in ‘Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway’ on BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday, discussing the statement from a range of religious faith groups that there should be a specific religious clause in any possible future constitution. (Can be heard here). I was very happy to be asked to take part … Continue reading Religion in a Scottish constitution–How the Kirk failed the people of Scotland
In researching various articles about anti-Catholic bigotry in Scotland, I came across a chilling report by the Church of Scotland, called the “Menace of the Irish Race to our Scottish Nationality”1. This report began as a document produced for the General Assembly in 1923 by the Presbytery of Glasgow & The Synod of Glasgow and … Continue reading The Kirk will one day apologise to atheists, as it has to Irish Roman Catholic immigrants
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?