SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY RESPOND TO SUNDAY HERALD EXCLUSIVE ON EXTREME RELIGION IN SCHOOLS

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.
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Blasphemy in Scotland

aikenheadThe 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 ››

ESCALATION OF ‘CREATIONISM’ PETITION TO EDUCATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE

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
  The Parliament Petitions Committee (PPC) has today advised the Education and Culture committee to look at the Scottish Secular Society’s petition on the teaching of creationism in schools. The SSS … Continue Reading ››

Statement from Mark Gordon on South Lanarkshire changes

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 ››

South Lanarkshire Education Resources Committee implements the SSS’s recommendations in full

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 ››

SSS RELEASE FINAL SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT ON CREATIONIST PRESENTATIONS IN SCOTTISH SCHOOLS

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
  Scottish Secular Society (SSS) board member … Continue Reading ››

SPENCER FILDES, CHAIR OF SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY STATEMENT ON CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS

  10885058_10205559607291118_5575664338960745470_n 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’S WIFE ACCEPTS AIKENHEAD AWARD AS HUSBAND AWAITS PUNISHMENT

raifskids  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’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, has accepted the Scottish Secular Society’s annual Aikenhead award on his behalf. Haidar, an activist and human rights … Continue Reading ››

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY PRESENTS RAIF BADAWI WITH ANNUAL AIKENHEAD AWARD

 raif2Raif Badawi SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY DELIVERS RAIF BADAWI WITH ANNUAL AIKENHEAD AWARD  
  • Raif Badawi is convicted of ‘liberal thoughts’ and blasphemy in Saudi Arabia
Raif Badawi, who celebrated his 30th birthday on 13 January 2015, was arrested in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in June 2012. On July 29, 2013 after he was … Continue Reading ››

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY CALL FOR IMAMS TO HOLD RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOLS

SCOTTISH SECULAR SOCIETY CALL FOR IMAMS TO HOLD RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOLS  
  • Logical conclusion of Kirk Moderator’s calls for inclusion
  Spencer Fildes, Chair of Scottish Secular Society (SSS), says: “Mr Chalmers displays an astonishing hypocrisy to say on the one hand he doesn’t want to impose his Christian views whilst imposing forced praying to God on children … Continue Reading ››