Guidance and Guidelines on Creationism: An Exercise in Semantics. After an American religious sect had infiltrated Kirktonholme Primary School for eight years without parents ever knowing, the Scottish Secular Society petitioned the Scottish Government asking for guidance on the teaching of creationism in Scottish schools. Taken by … Continue Reading ››
SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY RESPOND TO SUNDAY HERALD EXCLUSIVE ON EXTREME RELIGION IN SCHOOLS Education & Culture Committee to examine SSS plea for guidelines on creationism in schools on March 10th
- Spencer Fildes calls for the implementation of South Lanarkshire’s guidelines following Kirktonholme Primary school scandal.
- Religious groups accessing under-resourced schools.
- Children are being indoctrinated.
- Superheroes, hi-tech equipment, free books and … Continue Reading ››
The Scottish Secular Society's inaugural 2015 Aikenhead Award won by Raif Badawi Blasphemy in Scotland From John Fraser and Tom Aikenhead to Raif Badawi Garry Otton John Fraser was a merchant’s apprentice, a bookkeeper who fell foul of the blasphemy statutes of 1661 and 1695 that punished profanity and wickedness … Continue Reading ››
SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY SATISFIED ‘CREATIONISM’ PETITION TO GO BEFORE EDUCATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE
- SSS seek guidance on how creationism is presented in schools
- PPC refer matter to E&CC
Inverclyde parent, Mark Gordon, who initiated the Scottish Secular Society's 2013 petition at the Scottish Parliament asking for Religious Observance to be made an Opt In rather than an Opt Out activity, had this to say. “South Lanarkshire Council's recent review of matters completely vindicates our position, highlighted in both the petition to change religious observance and the … Continue Reading ››
In 2013, the Scottish Secular Society were alerted by a member that a chaplaincy team at a school in East Kilbride had seemingly sent very young children home with Young Earth Creationism books, refuting evolution and disputing the age of the Earth. As complaints flooded in, it soon became clear that there was a serious … Continue Reading ››
National Center for Science Education poster SSS RELEASE FINAL SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT ON CREATIONIST PRESENTATIONS IN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS
- More evidence of creationism in Scottish school revealed
- SSS boast international support to its petition
- Concern over inadequate safeguards and ‘damage’ to education
- Conflict of interest and administrative failure highlighted
- Embedded privilege of religion a hurdle to reform
On news of the killings at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Spencer Fildes has issued the following statement:- Of course our immediate thoughts go out to the families of those killed today by terrorists. But… We need to talk about Islam. The “Allah Akbar, … Continue Reading ››
Raif Badawi and his children
- Raif Badawi is convicted of ‘liberal thoughts’ and insulting authorities
- Badawi is expected to be lashed on Friday in Saudi Arabia
Raif Badawi SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY DELIVERS RAIF BADAWI WITH ANNUAL AIKENHEAD AWARD
- Raif Badawi is convicted of ‘liberal thoughts’ and blasphemy in Saudi Arabia