Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]

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]

Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

I meet a lot of people in my daily business who aren’t really that worried about the role that religion and religious groups play in education. I’ve taken the following video from CARE Scotland’s website. I’ve made two changes, 1) put the name of my blog on there (shameless), and 2) I’ve added a note … Continue reading Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education Comments on ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal

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

My speech to the first public seminar of ExMuslims Scotland

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

Islamic radicalisation in Birmingham–A Scottish perspective

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

HSS Education Debate: “What role should religious faith play in Scottish education”

This was a debate that I took place in on Friday 6th December 2013. Firstly, apologies for the poor sound quality, there were one or two technical issue, but we managed to get there anyway. I’ve written a short reflection on the debate afterwards. Debate review… I was delighted that John Mason, Patrick Harvie and … Continue reading HSS Education Debate: “What role should religious faith play in Scottish education”

Education Debate: 6th Dec, 7.30pm at Glasgow Caledonian University (Free)

What role should religious belief play in Scottish education? I am very excited to be joining a panel to discuss this very topic on Friday 6th December 2013 at Glasgow Caledonian University. The panel will consist of Patrick Harvie MSP, John Mason MSP, Richard Lucas and myself. The debate will be filmed, and a copy … Continue reading Education Debate: 6th Dec, 7.30pm at Glasgow Caledonian University (Free)

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

Hometown religion: my musings

As a former and formative resident of East Kilbride, I followed with interest the various news articles regarding the Church of Christ dishing out creationist propaganda in a state-funded primary school. It goes without saying that anti-scientific nonsense has no place in any schools, but with a Government in Holyrood that promotes the role of … Continue reading Hometown religion: my musings