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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.

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Alex Salmond: “I prefer people of faith to people of no faith or people who have lost their faith”

Posted: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:37

The National Secular Society has criticised the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond for his "divisive rhetoric" after he stated that he prefers religious people to atheists or apostates.

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:55

In just three days over 300 students at a Scottish High School signed a petition against compulsory Christian assemblies.

Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

Posted: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:53

The Scottish education minister has stated that creationism should not be taught in science classes in publicly-funded Scottish schools.

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23

Two MSPs have offered formal support for a motion which calls for Scottish children to be made "aware of" creationist teaching.

Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Car park charges “threaten” Christians, according to church leaders

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:20

Christian groups have responded angrily to plans by Edinburgh Council to abolish free parking on Sunday mornings.

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Glasgow University investigates impact and extent of religious privilege

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:23

Researchers in the history and law departments of Glasgow University are beginning a research project to map the historical and current religious privileges in Scotland's laws.

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Complaint lodged after Scottish Parliament used to launch evangelical Christian manifesto

Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:52

Secular campaigners in Scotland have lodged a formal complaint after the Scottish Parliament was used by an evangelical Christian group to launch a manifesto ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51

Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Scottish Parliament challenged over 'Time for Reflection'

Posted: Tue, 06 May 2014 16:02

Campaigners in Scotland have called for the Scottish Parliament's weekly 'Time for Reflection' to be more representative of the diversity of religion and belief in Scotland.

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.

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