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Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:38

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:14

Tommy Sheppard MP has called for Scotland to move towards a secular education system and expressed his hope that secularist campaigners can "chip away" at religion's role in state schools.

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45

Local campaigners have accused Lewis council of "blinding inconsistencies and contradictions" after it declined £11,400 to fund the opening of a sports centre on the Sabbath.

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:09

A clergyman has used his privileged position on Highland Council education committee to attack "overt" LGBT people.

Council declines £11,000 donation, to avoid opening a sports centre on the Sabbath

Council declines £11,000 donation, to avoid opening a sports centre on the Sabbath

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:03

Campaigners have criticised Lewis Council after councillors declined a donation of over £11,000 intended to fund the opening of a popular swimming pool on Sundays.

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:21

The National Secular Society has highlighted failures in the governance of Scottish schools, identifying a string of incidents where pupils have been exposed in schools to extreme religious views.

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:22

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on religious observance, following a court case last year and a poll from The Times which found a majority in favour of change.

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:26

An academic at the University of Edinburgh has called for the Scottish Government to open an Islamic faith school in response to the country's "multifaith and multicultural landscape".

Sabbath swimming campaign succeeds, thanks to islanders and secularists

Sabbath swimming campaign succeeds, thanks to islanders and secularists

Posted: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:45

Local campaigners have succeeded in their effort to secure funding to open a popular swimming pool on Sundays – denying the local council of their last pretext not to open it on the Sabbath.

Help stop sabbatarians spoiling Sunday swimming

Help stop sabbatarians spoiling Sunday swimming

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:02

The National Secular Society is appealing to the Great British public to help a fundraising effort to open a swimming pool on the Isle of Lewis on Sundays, which councillors are currently refusing to open on the Sabbath.

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:26

Campaigners in Scotland have agreed to "pause" their legal action on religious observance in Scottish schools, pending a consultation by the Scottish Government.

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:18

The Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition challenging the lack of democratic accountability in Local Authority Education Committees automatically including Church nominees.

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

New survey reveals Scots’ attitudes to religious symbols at work

Posted: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:34

The 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found Scots to be increasingly accepting of ethnic and religious diversity, though many still have particular concerns about Islam.

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Scottish Anglicans move towards religious same-sex marriage

Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:05

The Scottish Episcopal Church has paved the way towards allowing gay marriage, raising the prospect of a clash with the Church of England.

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:47

A report into the influence of religion in Scottish law has said that Scotland's education system is out-of-step with society, despite progress in other areas in establishing rights for the non-religious.

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

SNP to host Muslim group whose staff member calls for prosecution of anyone who criticises Islam

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:04

A Muslim activist has boasted of plans to ban criticism of Islam, days before his organisation is due to appear at the SNP conference.

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Holyrood ‘religious freedom’ group backed by organisation which 'heals the wounds of atheism’

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:05

Plans to set up a "religious pressure group" featuring creationist MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have come under fire from non-believers and minority faith groups.

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

University refuses to strip honorary degree from disgraced Cardinal O’Brien

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:55

St Andrew's University has rejected attempts to strip Cardinal Keith O'Brien of an honorary degree, despite his role in blocking an inquiry into sex abuse and his admission of sexual misconduct.