Populism and Democracy in Europe: My speech to European Humanist Federation

On Saturday 20 May 2017 I joined a panel to speak on the above topic as part of a conference organised by the Polish Rationalist Association, in conjunction with the European Humanist Federation. My contribution begins around 13m55s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jAw4Trk7ks&t=912s

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

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

Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege

Its time to make your voice heard in one of the most important debates in Scottish Politics at the moment. John Finnie MSP (pictured right) has launched a consultation on a Bill to remove religious privilege.  The Bill will do four things: to remove the obligation on local authorities to appoint religious representatives to Education … Continue reading Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege