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Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Magazine raises potential conflict of interest in Scottish gay adoption charity decision

Posted: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:19

The Scottish Review, an on-line magazine for discussion of Scottish affairs, questions in its latest issue whether there may have been a conflict of interest in the controversial decision by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel on St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Society.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:40

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has presented its case for the removal of unelected religious representatives on local authority education committees to the Scottish Government's Petitions Committee.

Bill submitted to Scottish Parliament that would abolish religious representatives on education committees

Bill submitted to Scottish Parliament that would abolish religious representatives on education committees

Posted: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:39

An independent Member of the Scottish Parliament, John Finnie, has given his support to a campaign to remove the legal right of religious groups to vote on education matters on local council committees.

Secularists urge Scottish Government to remove non-elected religious reps from school boards

Secularists urge Scottish Government to remove non-elected religious reps from school boards

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:22

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has lodged a petition with the Scottish Parliament calling for an end to the legal obligation on local authorities to appoint three unelected religious representatives to sit on their education committees.

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Scottish secularists accuse churches of proselytising in schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:07

The Edinburgh Secular Society has published a report which reveals the increasing levels of religious proselytisation and evangelisation in Scottish schools.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious interference in schools

Posted: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:29

Edinburgh Secular Society has published full details of all 91 unelected religious representatives sitting on the education committees of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

Government has a “duty” to provide Catholic Education, says Archbishop

Government has a “duty” to provide Catholic Education, says Archbishop

Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:01

One of the Vatican's most senior clerics has used a visit to Scotland to reinforce the message that the provision of faith schools by the state is a fundamental right of Catholic families.

Petition to remove religious observance from schools presented to City of Edinburgh Council

Petition to remove religious observance from schools presented to City of Edinburgh Council

Posted: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:36

The National Secular Society has supported one of its members, Veronica Wikman, in presenting a petition to City of Edinburgh Council to remove Religious Observance from the city's non-denominational schools.

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Impartiality of Scottish judiciary undermined by religious ceremonies, say NSS

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2013 10:33

The National Secular Society has written to Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice to draw his attention to a possible undermining of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the Scottish judiciary.

Scots are abandoning their religion

Scots are abandoning their religion

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:48

Scotland, once one of the more pious parts of the British Isles, is rapidly becoming secularised according to a poll commissioned for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland.

Scottish Catholic adoption agency ordered to comply with equality law

Scottish Catholic adoption agency ordered to comply with equality law

Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:48

A Catholic adoption agency has been told by the Charity Regulator in Scotland that if it doesn't lift its ban on applications from gay couples it will lose its charitable status.

RC Bishop of Motherwell’s intemperate rant at the Prime Minister

RC Bishop of Motherwell’s intemperate rant at the Prime Minister

Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:52

The National Secular Society has criticised the intemperate rant at the Prime Minister, widely reported in the media, by the RC Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine.

Prayers removed from Edinburgh council meetings

Prayers removed from Edinburgh council meetings

Posted: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 15:59

The National Secular Society has welcomed an announcement from Edinburgh City Council that new ten minute "Pause for Reflection" sessions will be held before council meetings in place of prayers during them.

‘Multicultural college’ sacked principal for "being a white Christian"

‘Multicultural college’ sacked principal for "being a white Christian"

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:38

A Dundee college that claims to promote multiculturalism has been accused by its former principal of sacking him because he is not an Arab Muslim.

Scottish regional council spreads the Gospel in schools

Scottish regional council spreads the Gospel in schools

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:39

The Highland Council in Scotland has joined forces with a evangelical Christian group to spread their message to primary school children.