Time for Reflection: What is all the fuss about?

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?

BBC Radio Scotland Discussion: Should there be a religious clause in a Scottish constitution

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

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

Time for reflection on David Robertson’s blog posts!

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!

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

It’s okay to be unsure: My talk to the LibDems

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