I was asked to contribute to this Holyrood Magazine article on behalf of the Humanist Society Scotland. http://www.holyrood.com/2014/07/leap-of-faith-2/ The article was prompted by the news that one of the people identified in an ISIS recruitment video was educated in Aberdeen, and also the issues raised in relation to religion in education in Birmingham. I would … Continue reading Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]
This was my speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland. You can read the full speech here.
At a Scottish Referendum meeting on 9th June 2014, Mike Russell, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education was answering questions about the Scottish Governments independence proposals. I asked Mike Russell: In light of the 'Trojan Horse' incidents down-south today - whilst I understand Scotland has a different system, which you are in charge of, although … Continue reading Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Comments on ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal
I’d like to start by saying thank you to Ramin for inviting me to speak at this first public seminar of Ex Muslims Scotland. Having been involved with secular and humanist campaigning for a good few years now, I notice that we can sometimes become accustomed to certain aspects of public discourse. Most noticeably of … Continue reading My speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland
It’s always important when discussing ideological issues, such as Islam, to distinguish between the idea and the person. As a humanist I value the intrinsic worth of every person, regardless of their beliefs. However I also believe strongly that all ideas are open to criticism, and that in a liberal democracy, no ideology is beyond … Continue reading Islamic radicalisation in Birmingham–A Scottish perspective
The use of the face veil is quite possibly one of the most depressing sights (Independent, Tuesday 17th Sept 2013). The face veil symbolises the very essence of female subservience to the chauvinistic culture of monotheism. Of course, in a liberal democracy the choice of headwear is a free choice for individuals. However, the principle … Continue reading Our citizens behind the veil
On Monday 12 August, I visited Glasgow Central Mosque. It was a very interesting visit and I learned a lot. I continue to be very critical of the way some Islamic theology manifests itself in society. I am likewise concerned by the silence of the intelligent Left in the UK to challenge Islam’s demand for … Continue reading Visit to Glasgow Central Mosque