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
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!
N.B. This article focuses on religious observance/time for reflection in non-denominational Scottish schools, and does not take into consideration the different circumstances in denominational schools. The history of education in Scotland has its roots firmly embedded in the development of the churches. The first recognisable school in Scotland was the High School of Glasgow, which … Continue reading Time for Reflection: What is all the fuss about?
This is a 15 minute discussion which I participated in, following the news that an interfaith group had called for special protection for 'religious freedom' in any possible written Scottish constitution. Participating were; Right Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Richard Holloway, former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh; Ronnie … Continue reading BBC Radio Scotland Discussion: Should there be a religious clause in a Scottish constitution
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
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
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’
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
On Friday 24th January 2014, the Church of Scotland and Humanist Society Scotland issued a joint statement and press release in response to the Scottish Secular Society’s petition on religious observance. Without delay an immediate tirade of abuse began to radiate from Dundee – in the guise of Facebook’s very own David Robertson (pictured right). … Continue reading Time for reflection on David Robertson’s blog posts!