5 weeks left to sponsor my marathon run!

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!

Time to repeal European Blasphemy Laws, Now! My speech to European Parliament

 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

Religion in a Scottish constitution–How the Kirk failed the people of Scotland

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

The Kirk will one day apologise to atheists, as it has to Irish Roman Catholic immigrants

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

My reflections on the Scottish Parliaments ‘Time for Reflection’

This article examines the history and development of ‘Time for Reflection’ (TfR) since the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 until the present. By comparing and contrasting an analysis of the make-up of the contributions with the demographics of the Scottish population this study will conclude that current practices of ‘Time for Reflection’ over-represent … Continue reading My reflections on the Scottish Parliaments ‘Time for Reflection’

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?