Head of teacher union turns fire on Catholic schools

The leader of Scotland’s biggest teachers’ union has spoken out against the system that allows the Catholic Church to approve the appointment of teachers based on their religion. Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland trade union, said: “We are not in favour of the current operation of approval by the […]

Holyrood handed petition to scrap blasphemy laws

A new Holyrood bid to scrap Scotland’s centuries old laws on blasphemy has been launched amid fears the country is being left behind the rest of the UK and other European nations. A petition lodged with MSPs says the laws are “archaic and unfathomable” at a time when non-religious minorities face persecution around the world. […]

Most people in Scotland 'not religious'

Most people in Scotland ‘not religious’

More than half of people in Scotland now have no religion, according to research. Findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey show 52% of people say they are not religious, compared with 40% in 1999 when the survey began. The proportion who say they belong to the Church of Scotland has fallen from 35% in […]

Ruth Gledhill

Marks & Spencer backs down on ban of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’

Marks & Spencer have dropped their ban on words such as “Christ” and “Jesus” when customers order flowers online, writes Ruth Gledhill. The retailer provoked criticism when it emerged that people making online orders could use words such as “jihad”, Buddha and Allah in accompanying messages, but “Christ” and “Jesus” were blocked. Marks & Spencer […]

Sarah Mbuyi

Council of Europe: Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across continent

Discrimination against Christians is being “ignored” by governments and courts, MPs from across Europe have warned in the wake of a string of cases involving the rights of British workers to wear crosses or discuss their beliefs. The parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe has issued a formal declaration urging states to recognise the […]

Gary Otton

What’s the real danger to Scotland’s children – ‘radical evangelists’ or militant secularists?

To the Editor of the Sunday Herald, from 
David Robertson, Solas Centre for Public Christianity, Dundee. Dear Editor, It seems that hardly a week goes by without yet another attack on the Christian church in the Sunday Herald instigated by the Scottish Secular Society. But last Sunday’s was a new low. I assume you are […]

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) expects to overtake the Church of Scotland this year with the number of marriages it conducts. Formally established in Scotland in 1979, in 2005 they were granted authorisation by the Registrar General for Scotland to conduct legal marriages. “What started initially as a handful of volunteers has, a decade later, […]

Lord Carey of Clifton

M&S bans using words ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ in messages when ordering flowers – but jihad is okay

The words ‘Christ’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ have been placed on a list of banned words by Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages. Customers buying a bunch of flowers who try to add a free message containing them are prevented from completing their order. An on-screen notification, which pops up if any […]

Gary Otton

Secularists’ concern over ‘extreme’ Christian access to schools

Secular campaigners have raised concerns over the range of religious groups seeking access to state schools. A list obtained by the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) shows 16 groups, some of which are radical evangelists, have registered an interest in working with both primary and secondary schools in the Peterhead area, by taking part in activities […]

School bans Christian book after humanist complaint

School bans Christian book after humanist complaint

A Scripture Union book designed to help with the move to secondary school has been banned at a Scottish school after humanists complained it could “distress” pupils. Robert Douglas Memorial School in Scone, Perthshire, decided to stop handing out the book to primary school leavers after a complaint from one humanist parent. The move was […]

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