Who we're Involved With

Please see below who we are involved with:

Common Weal
Common Weal

As the Common Weal and CommonSpace team head out for our Christmas lunch, I want to send a big festive thank you to you. We’re going to spend 2019 doing lots - housing is a giant priority, independence budgeting as well, plus lots of energy policy work, Council Tax replacement, a public banking network… And we start January with a big economic vision for Scotland after independence.

Renewables Scotland 2030  See Here

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Latest newletter here

Ahmadiyya Community Against Extremism - see  HERE

Read about their recent Annual Convention, also known as Jalsa Salana UK 2015. You can also follow them on  @AhmadiyyaUK for upcoming events and updates.

See . . http://www.loveforallhatredfornone.org/

Muslim Community in Glasgow condemns the Paris terror attacks

As we all are saddened by the horrific events that took place in France last week, we pray for peace, and for the families of those who have been affected by these abhorrent acts of violence. It may interest you to know that following these attacks, Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community - His Holiness, the true Caliph of Islam - Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad , issued a Press release condemning these attacks and offering his prayers.

On Saturday November 14th, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community Scotland organized a peace conference in Bearsden, Glasgow, with women playing a noble part with 200 guests from the local community, faith leaders and politicians joined in to condemn these attacks and to promote mutual understanding, irrespective of faith or belief, so we can promote peace and harmony within our society and world as whole.

Please find a few photos of the Conference in this link :

We engaged some time ago with the Ahmadiyya Community UK, being an Islamic sect which endorses gender equality and individual autonomy to choose a life stance with no compulsion that it be Islamic.

They have a vibrant community in Dundee, Glasgow and across the UK and are openly critical of extremism and its murderous ways.






Defence Humanists
Defence Humanists

Humanist representation at armed forces establishments in the east of Scotland - Leuchars et al . . Remembrance Sunday at either Dundee or Newburgh  Humanist wreath with secular reading on occasion


NEW  Association for Real Change

Bioedge - S

We have just published an interview with assisted suicide activist Philip Nitschke. He has just moved to the Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia, and says that he feels more comfortable there than in his native Australia. See HERE

Australian bioethicist Rob Sparrow has written extensively on topics ranging from political philosophy and minority rights to the ethics of war. Yet he is best known for his work in bioethics.

 As Richard R. Sharp has noted, “Sparrow’s scholarship exemplifies the value of the intellectual gadfly – even when that work ruffles a few feathers among the bioethical elite.”

 In this exclusive interview Professor Sparrow and BioEdge’s Xavier Symons discuss genetic diversity, the elimination of disability, and the so-called new eugenics.


Care 2
Care 2

Have you heard? The Care2 community just reached a major milestone — we are now 50 million members strong! THANK YOU for being a part of a wonderful community that cares.


Recent updates

Remove pro-hunting Mike Bax from his position as Chairman of Kent Wildli



Keep Botswana a Safe Haven for wildlife. So no to European demands for Trophy Hunting!

Thank you so much for pledging your support to join Children 1st in our goal of eradicating child poverty. See HERE

Want to keep making a difference in the world?   Sign the hottest petitions

548 million signatures and counting.....  See HERE


Community Learning & Development One of our Celebrants is directly involved in this worthwhile initiative which empowers the pursuit of the common good

DisabilityEqualityScotland S M

Scotland’s Inclusive Communication Hub

During 2015 the Scottish Accessible Information Forum (SAIF) and the  Disability Equality Scoland formed a Consortium to develop an Inclusive Communication Hub for Scotland.  The Consortium contributed with their wealth of knowledge and expertise in the development of this Hub. The Scottish Government are now supporting SDEF, SAIF and Sense Scotland to take forward the development of this Hub during 2016.

The Inclusive Communication Hub will be the first of its kind for Scotland.  This will be an easy to use online tool, for all who wish to be more inclusive with the information they deliver.

The purpose of the Inclusive Communication Hub will be to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for information on Inclusive Communication in Scotland.  A lot of good work has been done already by many organisations throughout Scotland but finding this information can be difficult.  The aim of the Hub would be to have a central place for all this information to be kept or signposted to.  See HERE

I am pleased to attach our latest issue of Scottish Disability Equality Forum’s members’ quarterly magazine ‘Open Door’. See here

See latest on Disabled Go in Dundee  . .here

As a newly approved associate member of SDEF, we have need to engage with a discussion and debate, centred around  . . . .Are we putting too much emphasis on ‘rights’ when we discuss or legislate on ‘human rights’?  Prof Martha Fineman believes we are; and argues that we should look more closely at the ‘human’ aspects of ‘human rights’.

Human rights legislation, she asserts, divides communities, by labelling some as ‘protected’ under the law and the rest as ‘unprotected’.  This division results in tensions, not just between the ‘protected’ and ‘unprotected, but among the ‘protected’ themselves, for ever decreasing resources. 

Her concept of ‘universal vulnerability’ is attracting interest in both America and Europe. This states that we should conceive ‘vulnerability’ as a natural state within the human being. 

While our vulnerability is more apparent at different times and ages over the life-course, it is a constant and defining characteristic of the human condition.  As such, human vulnerability and the need it generates to build resilience within social institutions and relationships should constitute the basis of a more responsive and equitable state.

Edinburgh Secular Society - M
Edinburgh Secular Society - M

ESS letter in Scotsman this day 3rd January 2017

"This week will see the Church of Norway become officially disestablished.

Norwegians are now free to choose any religion or none but will no longer have their philosophic views assumed for them by the state. Scotland and England continue to be in a tiny minority of European countries where one branch of one minority religion is named the “national church.”

Let us hope that in 2017 religious leaders will continue to guide their own followers but take a lead in graciously and voluntarily surrendering these unrepresentative privileges.

The mixing of religion and politics causes some of the worst problems in the world.

Combating that begins at home."


Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Saughtonhall Drive

Ekklesia - S
Ekklesia - S

PCS union invites its members to join Stop Trident demo

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has backed a major anti-Trident demonstration which is due to take place in central London on 27 February.

This daily bulletin > Transforming politics and belief > Brings shared 'secular' issues and concerns into focus, from a religious faith perspective

Free subscribe - get more  Here

In June 2015, Ekklesia published Bishop David Atkinson's paper, 'Climate change and the Christian gospel', which partly prefigured Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical on environment and poverty. Here Bishop Atkinson responds as both a theologian and a scientist to a recent Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) paper which accuses the encyclical of being "well-meaning but somewhat naïve”.

GWPF is a body whose stated aims are to challenge policies envisaged by governments to mitigate anthropogenic global warming. The Independent newspaper has described the foundation as "the UK's most prominent source of climate-change denial". Ekklesia rejects this scepticism and wishes to argue a well-grounded case for concerted climate action. We are grateful to Bishop Atkinson for his paper critiquing the GWPF approach.

Read the full paper (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document) here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/sites/ekklesia.co.uk/files/atkinson-response-t...

Equality Network S
Equality Network S

Nature is squarely behind trans rights. Not science ! See HERE

“Humanism is the ultimate, long-standing and unfaltering ally of LGBTI people everywhere.”See Here

The national organisation in Scotland that champions 'Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Intersex & Realignment' (LGBTI) and 'Gay; Lesbian; or Whatever' (GLOW)

Humanism in Scotland stands tall with . .

Humanists mourn victims of religious-inspired mass murder in Orlando, Florida


Festival of Remembrance
Festival of Remembrance

A festival 11th November which has religious privilege 


armed forces humanists

Friends of the Earth S
Friends of the Earth S

I’ll leave you with this new video, celebrating some of our biggest successes of the year. Thank You and your supporters - You’ve been brilliant.Watch our video and smile HERE

Our consultation response will send a strong message to Scottish Gov't that you want the SNIB to back the transition to a zero-carbon economy See HERE

People Power - Along with 70,000 others – we also petitioned Barclays Bank to pull out of fracking. We’ve just heard that the chairman of Barclays has told shareholders that they're planning to pull their money out of Third Energy – the company that’s set its sights on fracking Yorkshire.

Over a quarter of a million have signed a petition or made a donation to stop fracking in Sherwood. And now fracking company INEOS has backed off carrying out seismic surveys in both the Sherwood Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the National Nature Reserve. This is incredible news for the heart of Sherwood Forest and shows how powerful we can be when we take action together. Thank you, Humanism in Scotland and your supporters!

Do you know where your money is? Many of us are in the dark about how banks use our savings and investments.That’s why we’re proud to be working with Triodos Bank – a pioneer in ethical and transparent banking. 

Get the regular news letter  . HERE 

Global Citizen
Global Citizen

Scotland is doing 6 amazing things for equality ! HERE

Watch the most recent festival against poverty HERE

Signing up to be a Global Citizen joins you with the 8 million strong movement of peoples, standing up for what we all believe in: equality, for all people, everywhere.

Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that aims to solve the world’s biggest challenges.See Coldplay HERE

PEOPLE POWER It’s great news!
Thanks to us and others, an extra €730 million has been allocated to address the global refugee crisis. These funds are added on top of previous funds for long-term development programs.

Girls & Women

Girls and women are essential to building healthier, better-educated and sustainable communities. Women and girls are too often afflicted with some of the harshest aspects of poverty. Instead of victims, women and girls can be powerful community leaders.



The world has cut in half, the number of children without an education. This progress must extend to the over 50 million still left out. Educated and healthy children will lead their communities out of poverty and build the thriving nations of tomorrow.



A healthy planet takes care of its people. Healthy people take care of the planet. Protecting the earth promotes the people who live on it. Improving the environment gives people the opportunity to survive and thrive in a world free of extreme poverty.


Greenpeace - S

Take two minutes to look back at all we’ve achieved together this year HERE

Now might be the time to speak to your Barclay's branch manager if you feel comfortable doing so, to stop funding toxic tar sands pipelines !  Once again, thank you for everything you’ve done.

Around the world, over 2 million people have added their name to protect the Antarctic. Watch Gillian Anderson re petition HERE

And just like in the UK, these signatures will be delivered to governments, calling on them to do the right thing. Create the Antartica Ocean Sanctuary See HERE

The Unique Amazon reef is under threat from BP's drilling plans . . help to stop this destruction . . See HERE to explain why

GET up to date with our shared action > this one on pollution of plastic waste which kills our wild life WATCH this VIDEO HERE

The next breath you take could be toxic, legally unsafe and even deadly.
Air pollution in the UK is now responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives every year

That's 20 times more deaths than people who die directly from road accidents.
But the Prime Minister could take some simple steps to start cleaning up our air.

Sign the petition calling on David Cameron to come up with a bold and steadfast action plan to clean our air now:

The government has now committed to shutting down the UK's fleet of old, highly-polluting coal plants -- with coal power set to be off the UK’s electricity system by 2025.

Watch and share the video from the protest starring Emma Thompson:  https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/EmmaAndAurora

Also see the Rainbow warrior story . .

Click here to watch the Rainbow Warrior story - the story you’ve made possible:



Our call for older volunteers made the national media - Please have a read and share with everyone you know who may be interested.  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/pilot-project-aiming-link-up-11356013

As members of Generations Working Together, we acquire insight as to how effective this can be in enhancing the well being of those who may be in involuntary isolation  . . .

Intergenerational Training Course for Trainers and Practitioners (Edinburgh)

23rd Mar 2017 at The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust, 21 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BB (£35)

Guardian Environment
Guardian Environment

Good news . . The value of investment funds committed to selling off fossil fuel assets has jumped to $5.2tn, doubling in just over a year

We thought you'd like to know that the Keep it in the Ground campaign has now attracted royal support. Prince Charles gave a speech on Thursday night in London on climate change in which he spoke of a need to "re-wire" the global economy and curb fossil fuel subsidies.

The prince also made special mention of Keep it in the Ground:

"I can only welcome and commend the Guardian's campaign, which has proved so clear, compelling and powerfully resonant with many millions of people around the world. The 'Keep it in the Ground' campaign is the first action of its kind from such a newspaper, and has – like the broader fossil fuel divestment movement – focused the mind very considerably as to the scale of the transition before us."

The Prince went on to say:

"the "Divest / Invest" movement has recently seen significant and increasingly broad-based support, and has sharpened investors' focus, not just on the risks of holding hydrocarbon stocks within their portfolios, but also to the ever more pressing need to divert vastly more capital into clean energy, low-carbon investments and infrastructure projects."

Handicap International
Handicap International

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Health & Social Care Integration
Health & Social Care Integration

The new initiative which seeks to remove the 'silo' mentality amongst health and social work professions etc

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New from Wales ! From 2022, improvements in school RE lessons will equirehumanism to be taught about in all schools along with faiths.
A guide for non-religious parents and young people in England & Wales See HERE

A Political humanist renewal for these uncertain times See HERE

Hear Bertrand Russell's words of wisdom in his 'message to future generations'  HERE

Tackling illegal schools see HERE

+ Regular updates from the British Humanist Association (Our Sister Org) . .

New research shows that 100% religiously selective schools will promote racial segregation

                                                        See HERE

Also for the updates on Climate Coalition's activity in addressing global warming . .



After the latest attack - Nazimuddin's death, we spoke with our contacts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, prompting them to issue a statement from the FCO Minister condemning it and defending the right of atheists in Bangladesh to express themselves without fear of violence  HERE


Life is precious.

For we humanists, this is by no means a statement of faith. It's a reflection of reality, a pronouncement of fact. It is stating the obvious. It is the only response that makes sense, faced with the fact that our lives are so finite and so fragile. We are all going to die one day. We know this. So we try to make our lives count.  Sometimes that's hard to do.

Senseless brutality, like the violence which rocked Lahore and Brussels this week, not to mention in cities all over the world these past weeks and months, reminds us of that mortality. And this scares us. Of course it does. That's the point of it.

Terror of this sort has a purpose and that purpose is to divide us. To turn neighbour against neighbour. To undermine the social fabric of our societies and diminish our capacity for empathy. We must never let it succeed in these aims. We are one human family, living together in communities, caring for each other, united only by the bonds of our common humanity. We mustn't allow those bonds to weaken or break. We must remember to look out for each other; to celebrate our differences; and to stand strong in the face of hate and violence.

'To stand strong' is not an empty phase. But it is a difficult one. It describes a tough set of obligations: to challenge and oppose those ideologies and actions which harm our species, and to do so without being twisted by anger, or warped by hate, or driven by a petty instinct for vengeance. 

There are no easy solutions to global terrorism, so we won't try to offer any.

But we can say this. We are lucky. We are lucky because we know the value of this one life we have. We know how precious it is. We know to make our own lives count and to cherish the people around us. We may forget this, sometimes. But it's true and it always has been true. This is your life to live, and it always has been. Do not live in fear. Do not live in hate. Live the life you want to live, and try to find happiness wherever you can.Few topics are fought over or hotly debated in England as education, not least in a week that saw the UK's pupils score badly in literacy and numeracy compared with their international peers.

About a third of schools in Britain have a religious character - but, of the population, according to the 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey:

  • 49% (and more than 70% of 15- to 24-year-olds) have no religion at all
  • 17% are Anglican
  • 8% Catholic
  • 17% other types of Christian
  • 5% Muslim
  • 3% other minority religions

Recently, in support of the BHA - We emailed as follows . .

Dear Mrs Morgan  . .  why does religious selectivity at state schools in England trump the essentials of the single equality act, which is part of your portfolio ?

Several English domiciled couples who come to Scotland to have legal humanist marriage are concerned as to the inequality of that.



Shappi grew up in a non-religious home and has been a humanist practically her entire life. You may remember that she was one of several contributors to Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young's new children's book What is Humanism?, which we will be sending to primary schools across the UK next year if we can raise enough funds.

Shappi was born in Iran, but her family was forced to leave the country for good when her father, the poet Hadi Khorsandi, was targeted for assassination by Iran's revolutionary government after writing a satirical poem about Ayatollah Khomeini's regime.

See the BHA regular bulletin at Link

H4BW (Humanists for a Better World) wants us to challenge the widely held misconceptions that we are fixated only on religion and our own rights - by getting involved in lobbying our MPs/MSPs and by generally talking up environmental and human rights issues, encouraging humanists to volunteer to speak to all and any groups and clubs and other potential audiences in our areas about the climate crisis.

The success of the mass June lobby fronted by The Climate Coalition is highlighted in the update. On June 17th, 9000 people spoke to 300 MPs urging action now to prevent climate change.  Among others, Friends of the Earth and Oxfam  charities are engaged in training volunteers in lobbying skills.

Under the umbrella of the BHA, the energetic H4BW is proving to be a trailblazer on these important issues, which is why Humanism in Scotland intends to, from this start up, champion and publicise action against climate change as a central secular humanist matter.

see Ppt >  Humanism - Beliefs; Values; Actions;  LINK


UPDATE: - Universal Declaration of Human Rights is age 70 years !  See HERE

We have welcomed into our international family 25 new Member Organisations and 55 new Individual supporters. We now have 168 Member Organizations in more than 75 countries

This is the new Supporter Newsletter for IHEU. In the past few years we've been building up our social media, recruiting to our staff team (see below for the latest addition) and reaching out to ever more humanists around the world. Now it is time that we have a more permanent, open and regular conversation with you our friends and supporters.

Latest discussions HERE 


IHEU - The International Humanist

& Ethical Union


Time for autonomy to be properly explored ?  See HERE

If anyone was in two minds about Fidel Castro’s revolution in Cuba, the video below  should settle the matter for them. It’s the story of Armando Valladares a poet (now painter) who spent 22 years in Castro’s prisons, enduring torture and deprivation that brought on paralysis, and all because he would not become a lackey of the communist regime.

How he kept his soul while in a sense, losing his life is one of the most awe-inspiring stories of captivity and persecution ever encountered. Just click above to watch it.

Invest in the future of 65 million refugees who want to begin again -  . .  read HERE

A few days ago I attended a conference in Sydney on pornography. Unlike most activities, it is easier to write an article about pornography than to chit-chat about it. "Hey, guess what, I went to this really cool pornography talk today" is not a conversational gambit which will secure a repeat invitation to dinner. 

Anyhow, I found out lots of things that I really didn't want to know and are better left undescribed. The theme was very positive -- that pornography is a "public health crisis", rather like smoking. And like smoking, it can be turned around. So I went away convinced that pornography is one of the key social issues of our time; like lead in the water, it can destroy whole cultures, not just individuals. 

This is difficult to prove, of course. But I would open my argument by quoting the Analects of Confucius:

“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.”

How can a country with 1.35 billion people have too few of them? The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party are scratching their heads over this puzzle as the country's working-age population shrinks for the second year in a row.

As Marcus Roberts points out below, years of draconian enforcement of a one-child policy are bearing fruit. The proportion of young people is contracting while the proportion of their elderly parents and grandparents is growing. That's not a unique problem, but in a country which is still poor on a per-capita basis, it could be a disaster. The Chinese may find that they are growing old before they grow rich. 


* Several feature articles each week about human dignity and regular email updates with links to the articles and all of our great blogs Now. It's just one click.

And while you're at it, please visit our new Facebook page here for Reading Matters, our blog for reading for young people, edited by Jennifer Minicus from New Jersey. We hope that it will be a great place for carrying on conversations about the best books for kids. 



The biggest cause of death of 20-34-year-olds. See HERE At MQ, we’re focused on making sure research helps to find solutions to this crisis – so that we can get young people the help they desperately need.

“It’s really important to get the message out there that suicide can be prevented and mental health problems can be treated.”

Find out more about how Rory is taking on mental illness for us.


NHS Tayside R
NHS Tayside R

NHS Tayside Department of Spiritual Care

Protocol for Visits from Belief and Faith Community Rep's

available on request to  [email protected]


NHS Tayside Department of Spiritual Care is pleased to work in partnership with belief and faith community leaders and representatives such as local ministers, priests, imams etc, in providing spiritual and religious care to those members of their congregations and communities who request this during their stay in hospital.


Action against poverty  See HERE

National S
National S

Scottish daily newspaper

National Geographic
National Geographic

Step into a miniature world of paper wildlife animation . . See HERE

Albert Einstein rarely left home without his beloved violin. GENIUS, a global event series starring Geoffrey Rush, premieres April 25 on National Geographic. See HERE                           

We're proud to be a part of National Geographic.

They offer amazing things one can discover - eg a free copy of a 'Guide to Photography' e-book that their photographers put together just for us. See HERE

Police Scotland A
Police Scotland A

In addition to general engagement with Police Scotland on matters of equality and diversity, in terms of concerns and priorities as apply to community needs, we also provide a 'serious incident advice' as appropriate.

RME Education Network
RME Education Network

It is disingenuous for a Government to disregard appeals to bring fairness into how Religious Assemblies/Observance is enacted in its schools, when one of its social planks as defined in the 'Children & Young People Bill' (C&YP - rights & responsibilities) acknowledges the following . . .

Scotland's  Curriculum  for  Excellence:  promotes 4  'Capacities'

1. Confident individuals;  2. Effective contributors;  3. Responsible citizens;  

4. Successful learners.

The UN Charter on which the Bill is prescribed, sets out the following:

1      Rights.

  to have freedom of thought and religion.

-   to a clean environment at home, school or wherever they are.

-   to be protected from conflict, cruelty, exploitation and neglect.

-   to be loved and respected.

-   to have special care for special needs.

-   to be adequately fed.

-   to make mistakes.

-   to  relax, play and join in a wide range of activities.

-   to be educated.

2     Responsibilities.

-   to respect other peoples thoughts and religions.

-   not to bully or harm each other.

-   to learn as much as they can and to help others to learn.

-   to show love and respect to others.

-   to be the best they can be.

-   not to waste food.

-   to learn from mistakes.

-   to do what they can to look after the environment.

-   to include everybody in their games and activities.

-   to take care of themselves.

Schools - various
Schools - various

Involvement as required in RME or RMPS school curricula, which addresses life stances such as morality, diversity, social cohesion etc. We champion the opt-out principle as applies to Religious Observance which is tantamount to compulsory attendance for all, variously touted as non- confessional ?? in pursuit of ones self awareness/identity ??  

Scottish Secular Society M

Its aims are to promote secularism in Scotland, which means governance and statutory structures with no privilege, other than that derived from open democracy.

Discussions with parents Dr.Murat Uney and Dr.Sukran Cavdar

A few weeks ago Edinburgh Secular Society were asked for advice by Turkish academics and parents Dr Murat Uney and Dr Sukran Cavdar.

They had been sent a letter from their 5 ½ year old son’s school informing them of a visit the local church “as part of Creativity week and our focus on Easter traditions.”

Assuming this to mean egg painting they had not objected to their son taking part.

The trip of course turned out to include the full crucifixion religious story and  “scared him so much that he woke up with a nightmare crying and could not continue sleeping”

Murat and Sukran asked to speak with the head teacher. Turns out that the local minister was on The Parents Council and had suggested that this “trip” took place.

The head teacher had tried to assure the parents that the talk had been given in an “age-appropriate way” and that it was “just a story” clearly disregarding the obvious harm experienced by their child. She explained that this was not a part of Religious Observance but a “school trip” and a means of teaching the children about “heritage.”


Murat and Sukran continue to feel angry about how they have been treated and ESS are advising them about how to proceed as regards The CEC and the press.

Our next meeting will hear their story and focus on supporting them. They are now new members of ESS.

Hopefully also we will also hear their reflections on how Scotland differs from Turkey in terms of the state’s relationship with religion.


Meeting begins at 2pm in The Stevenson Room at The Royal Overseas League 100 Princes St. Sunday 30th April

…followed by more chat and drinks in the bar as usual.

The Constitution and remit of SSS will be seen HERE

Website:   http://www.secularsociety.scot/?page_id=53

The Scottish Secular Society Responds to "Living with Difference":

a report by The Woolf Commission

The Scottish Secular Society welcome some aspects of this report, which deals with inequality and anachronism in state policy towards religion. We welcome the recognition that Christianity's historically dominant influence on U.K. society and culture has diminished, and that policies should reflect today's wider diversity of belief.

We welcome the recommendations that: -
• a range of religious and non-religious world-views be studied in state schools;
• the requirement for all state schools to hold acts of religious observance be repealed;
• government should recognise the negative consequences of selection by religion in schools;
• the pluralist character of modern society should be reflected in national and civic events;
• the BBC should be mandated to reflect belief pluralism, for example by including non-religious speakers on Radio 4’s "Thought for the Day".

As supporters of a secular state, however, we are concerned that this report seeks to make the state-sanctioned privileging of religious groups more acceptable, and hence more viable in the long term, rather than to abolish it. For example: -
• while recognising the negative consequences of selection by religion in schools, it recommends only that such discrimination be reduced rather than forbidden, which is an oddly partial response to a recognised problem that need not exist at all.
• while recognising the unfairness of reserving parliamentary seats for one faith group only - The Church of England - it recommends that some of those seats be given to representatives of other selected faiths, which is merely to distribute privilege a little more widely rather than scrapping it and treating everyone equally.

For The Scottish Secular Society, the reduction of discrimination and the wider extension of privilege are not enough when there is no good reason to perpetuate either in what is supposed to be an egalitarian democracy.

Secular schools which are neutral on religion offer the same educational opportunities to the religious and non-religious alike, without promoting the beliefs of one set of pupils above the rest, which is also discrimination. It therefore makes more sense for all state schools to be neutral on religion rather than for some belief groups to be awarded specialised schools while others must inevitably go without.

A secular parliamentary system would likewise treat religious and non-religious equally, since a range of beliefs is inevitably represented in parliament by members having different beliefs and being influenced by them when they speak and vote. If seats are specifically reserved for representatives of certain belief groups, there will always be justified resentment from members of belief groups who get no seats. A much fairer solution is therefore not to reserve seats for any group.

Tayside Equality Groups M
Tayside Equality Groups M

Age & disability      Gender & orientation      Race, ethnicity& belief 

are always at the forefront of awareness and action


Knowledge Hub will be available from  9am Monday 6 July following a scheduled upgrade.This will improve our infrastructure and the performance with faster page load times and an improved process for diagnosing and resolving identified bugs and issues.

Social collaboration solutions

We recently introduced professional networks and social hubs on Knowledge Hub. You may have noticed that some of your groups are part of the Scottish Public Services Network or the Socitm Network for example, and we're delighted to have more networks joining in the coming weeks.

Accessing the network filters the Knowledge Hub to give you easier access to your groups and content within that network. There's also a network homepage providing you with news and updates from your network and links to all of your network groups. And of course, you can still easily access all of your wider Knowledge Hub groups too. To find out more about using professional networks and social hubs, please see our help section.

If your organisation could benefit from secure, social collaboration internally and externally, please contact us to book a network or social hub demonstration.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.


Third Sector Interface
Third Sector Interface

See the January E-Bullletin  HERE

University of the Highlands & Islands
University of the Highlands & Islands

Spiritual  Care  Team – UHI - Perth Campus

See Leaflet  HERE   (Shrink to 75% to illustrate A5 format)

Important -         We are not clinicians so don’t prescribe medication and we

mostly find it isn’t needed in any case !





View this video to see the benefit arising from those who care


Wiley Humanities
Wiley Humanities

Most widely read humanities of 2016 click to READ . .




Cultural Studies








Don't Miss This Recap of our Women's Rights Celebration


Philosophy: Most Read Articles in 2015  here

We've also put together a FREE collection of content investigating the many facets of Marriage and Divorce from across the Social Sciences.

Join our discussion on women’s rights and gender equality   Here