Statement from Mark Gordon on South Lanarkshire changes

Inverclyde parent, Mark Gordon, who initiated the Scottish Secular Society's 2013 petition at the Scottish Parliament asking for Religious Observance to be made an Opt In rather than an Opt Out activity, had this to say. “South Lanarkshire Council's recent review of matters completely vindicates our position, highlighted in both the petition to change religious observance and the … Continue Reading ››

SPENCER FILDES, CHAIR OF SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY STATEMENT ON CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS

  10885058_10205559607291118_5575664338960745470_n On news of the killings at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Spencer Fildes has issued the following statement:- Of course our immediate thoughts go out to the families of those killed today by terrorists. But… We need to talk about Islam. The “Allah Akbar, … Continue Reading ››

RAIF BADAWI’S WIFE ACCEPTS AIKENHEAD AWARD AS HUSBAND AWAITS PUNISHMENT

raifskids  Raif Badawi and his children  
  • Raif Badawi is convicted of ‘liberal thoughts’ and insulting authorities
  • Badawi is expected to be lashed on Friday in Saudi Arabia
  Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, has accepted the Scottish Secular Society’s annual Aikenhead award on his behalf. Haidar, an activist and human rights … Continue Reading ››

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY PRESENTS RAIF BADAWI WITH ANNUAL AIKENHEAD AWARD

 raif2Raif Badawi SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY DELIVERS RAIF BADAWI WITH ANNUAL AIKENHEAD AWARD  
  • Raif Badawi is convicted of ‘liberal thoughts’ and blasphemy in Saudi Arabia
Raif Badawi, who celebrated his 30th birthday on 13 January 2015, was arrested in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in June 2012. On July 29, 2013 after he was … Continue Reading ››

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY CALL FOR IMAMS TO HOLD RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOLS

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY CALL FOR IMAMS TO HOLD RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOLS  
  • Logical conclusion of Kirk Moderator’s calls for inclusion
  Spencer Fildes, Chair of Scottish Secular Society (SSS), says: “Mr Chalmers displays an astonishing hypocrisy to say on the one hand he doesn’t want to impose his Christian views whilst imposing forced praying to God on children … Continue Reading ››

LEADING CREATIONIST WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH CREATIONISM IN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS

LEADING CREATIONIST WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH CREATIONISM IN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS  
  • Young Earth creationist Answers in Genesis welcomes Scottish Government’s statement
  • Ken Ham has connections with Scottish creationists
  • Administrative failure on Biology submission undermined petition
  Ken Ham, the world’s most notorious and influential creationist, welcomes Scottish Government refusal to bar Young Earth creationism from classrooms, saying, “This means that teachers in … Continue Reading ››

SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY BACKS SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY PETITION FOR GUIDANCE FOR TEACHERS ON CREATIONISM

SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY BACKS SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY PETITION FOR GUIDANCE FOR TEACHERS ON CREATIONISM  
  • SSS claim petition damaged by failure to publish
  • Society for Biology also urges appropriate support for teachers
  • Petition backed by 3 Nobel Prize winners2
  The Scottish Secular Society welcome today’s publication of the statement in support of our petition from the Society of Biology1, the … Continue Reading ››

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO GUIDANCE ON CREATIONISM CAMPAIGN. SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY FEARS IT VALIDATES CREATIONIST TEACHING

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE ON HOW CREATIONISM IS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS (PE01530). SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY FEARS IT VALIDATES CREATIONIST TEACHING.  
  • Government response to evolution-denial in schools: Go ahead and teach it 'in context'.
  • Parents and teachers left without guidance
  • Open invitation to teach creationism within Religious and Moral Education (RME)
    The Scottish Secular Society (SSS) are … Continue Reading ››

Government must take sex education out of hands of ‘middle-aged men pledged to celibacy’.

GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE SEX EDUCATION OUT OF HANDS OF ‘MIDDLE-AGED MEN PLEDGED TO CELIBACY’.  
  • SSS want mandatory sex education with no exclusions.
  • Introduction of Dutch model of sex education to Scotland.
  • Professional sex educators in all schools.
  Reacting to the publication, by the Scottish Government, of new guidance on Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) education, the Scottish Secular … Continue Reading ››