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Creationist Manoeuvres in the Dark

spen1 copy Spencer Fildes and Rev David Robertson Creationist Manoeuvres in the Dark by SecularSpen   I usually stay out of his nonsense but on this occasion, as it was about our petition to prevent evolution denial in schools, I felt compelled to respond to Rev David Andrew Robertson who wrote in The Scotsman (Letters 21-11-14) under “False Accusations”:- “Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland, writing to the Scottish Parliament … Continue Reading ››
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Giving and Receiving an Education

  Untitled-1 Vintage sleaze from fifties pin-ups Garry Otton Our friends on the continent boast teenage pregnancies rates as much as six times lower than Scotland’s. What they have and we don’t is sex education starting when you are young. And I mean very young. Young enough that when a TV crew filmed a class of UK teenagers in a Dutch higher school, guess which lot were giggling and squirming … Continue Reading ››
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Press & Journal asked to respond to Scottish Secular Society following likely breach of editorial standards after ‘atheist’ slur.

newspapers PRESS & JOURNAL ASKED TO RESPOND TO SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY FOLLOWING LIKELY BREACH OF EDITORIAL STANDARDS AFTER ‘ATHEIST’ SLUR  
  • Second press complaint win for SSS
  • Spencer Fildes claim slur is being repeated as true
The Scottish Secular Society (SSS) has today won a ruling after a misleading article headed “Minister in row with atheists” was printed in the Press & Journal. The article claimed: “A row broke out last … Continue Reading ››
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Jury Service

Jury Service by Robert Canning jury   The extent to which belief in God is declining in Scotland might have been hugely over-estimated, judging by my experience last week at Perth Sheriff Court. Picked to serve on a jury, I took my place on the jurors' bench and awaited an opportunity to follow this advice that I had read in the guidance booklet: "The clerk of court will then administer … Continue Reading ››
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SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY AGAINST EVOLUTION DENIAL IN SCHOOLS BEFORE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

  SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY AGAINST EVOLUTION DENIAL IN SCHOOLS BEFORE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE  
  • SSS before committee on 11 November 2014
  • Backed by 3 Nobel Prize winners
  • Now reported worldwide
The Scottish Secular Society’s petition to the Scottish Parliament will be heard Tuesday, 11 November at 10 a.m. The petition, which is backed by three Nobel Prize winners1 requests guidance to preclude the teaching of creationism and Young Earth ideas as factually valid alternatives to evolution, common descent, and an old Earth. Continue Reading ››
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Scottish Secular Society challenges Falkirk Council on Religious Discrimination

stMungosHighSch St Mungo's High School, Falkirk SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY CHALLENGES FALKIRK COUNCIL ON RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION The Scottish Secular Society are disappointed to learn that Falkirk Council have decided to implement a review of their schools admission policy based on legislation dating back to 1918 promoting statutory discrimination against all children whose parents do not adhere to the Catholic faith. After lengthy consultation with parents and affiliated bodies, Falkirk Council states … Continue Reading ››
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SSS Vice-Chair, ex-Muslim Iranian Ramin Forghani speaks at Secular Conference

ramin2 SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY  VICE-CHAIR IRANIAN RAMIN FORGHANI SPEAKS AT SECULAR CONFERENCE
  • ‘Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights’ conference in London
  • Forghani calls for promotion of secularism.
  • Iranians risk death sentence for defying Islamic regime.
This important, historical conference in London on 11th and 12th October will discuss the Arab uprisings; ‘Sharia’ and religious laws; the burqa and conspicuous religious symbols; freedom of expression, apostasy, blasphemy and free thought; ‘Islamophobia’ and racism; … Continue Reading ››
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Vote for Democracy

theocracy copy Will Scotland turn down the chance to become a democracy? In Iran, important decisions are left in the hands of unelected clerics. The UK is at best a semi-theocracy with 26 unelected bishops (the Lords Spiritual) seated in the House of Lords, the highest legislature of the land, undisturbed by such silly notions as elections. Their dismissal by a Yes vote is the Holy Grail of secularism … Continue Reading ››
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Innugural Speaker Meeting: The Secular Case for Scottish Independence

The Scottish Secular Society are delighted to announce their opening speaker meeting, which will present a unique opportunity for our members and guests to reflect on a variety of issues. Firstly, our constitutional expert, Dr. Elliot Bulmer, will outline the secular case for Scottish independence, drawing on his extensive work in this field. He is the author of 'A Model Constitution for Scotland: Making Democracy Work in an Independent State'. Unlike other secular … Continue Reading ››
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Third Nobel Prize winner backs Scottish Secular Society petition to exclude creationism pseudoscience from Scottish schools

Sir John Sulston Sir John Sulston, of the Manchester University Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation, joins Sir Harold Kroto and Sir Richard Roberts as the third Nobel Prize winner to sign the Scottish Secular Society’s petition to the Scottish Parliament requesting guidance to preclude the teaching of creationism as factually valid in Scottish schools: - Petition  Sir John was joint winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Sydney Brenner and … Continue Reading ››