The Intolerance of Secular Scotland and Christianity in Schools- Letters in The Courier

Why advantage for religions?  Sir, – David Robertson (December 12) accuses secular societies of seeking to remove religion from the public square but the group to which I belong, Secular Scotland, has no such aim. If he wishes to preach his religion in a street, we will not oppose any legal right he has to do so, as long as other users are not inconvenienced, … Continue reading The Intolerance of Secular Scotland and Christianity in Schools- Letters in The Courier

Investigate Extremist Christians!

 I suppose it was to be expected. After the crushing defeat for the Scottish government at the United Kingdom Supreme Court over their Named Person scheme, we not only had the spin which sought to turn it into victory, but then, sadly, the intimidation and mockery which has become so much part of the current Scottish political scene. Whilst there are Christians who support the … Continue reading Investigate Extremist Christians!

Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

 by The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this weeks, Sunday Herald.   It is a generally accurate  and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today.   One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed.  They think that the churches are failing to keep up with the spirit of the times and … Continue reading Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

The Reincarnation of John Knox!

The National Secular Society in Scotland is struggling. Its numbers are low and it is being outdone in stridency (and thus publicity) by the Scottish Secular Society. It has an affable spokesperson, Alistair McBay, whom I have debated a couple of times, and who I actually like and enjoy banter with. But I suspect they are getting a wee bit desperate because Alistair’s latest article … Continue reading The Reincarnation of John Knox!

Free Church Submission to Scottish Parliament Committee on Creationism

This is the submission (click on link below) we made to the petitions committee in response to Secular Scotland’s attempt to bring creationism wars to Scotland and to use this to attack Christianity. It was good that this was read out at the committee. The petition has now been referred to the education committee – where we will continue to make representations. Prayer appreciated…. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_PublicPetitionsCommittee/General%20Documents/PE1530_TT_Free_Church_of_Scotland_23.01.15.pdfContinue reading Free Church Submission to Scottish Parliament Committee on Creationism

Creationism, Freedom, Education and the SSS – A Free Church Response

The Free Church is thankful that the Scottish Secular Society have in their latest press release and submission to the Scottish Parliament committee, admitted their real reasons for their ‘creationism petition”. It is an enlightening if somewhat bizarre and disturbing submission. They begin by congratulating themselves on the amount of press coverage they have received, as though this were some kind of indicator of success … Continue reading Creationism, Freedom, Education and the SSS – A Free Church Response

Scottish Secular Society calls for Imams to lead religious observance in Scottish schools!

Its been a bad year for our friends in the Scottish Secular Society – they have stumbled from one ridiculous extreme to another and one defeat to another. As their anti-religious rantings have become better known to the wider Scottish public it has become interesting to see the direction they have been trying to take. In their attempts to play politics and be clever they … Continue reading Scottish Secular Society calls for Imams to lead religious observance in Scottish schools!

No Room for Jesus – A Christmas Message meets with a Bitter Response that Proves its Point!

I wrote the following ‘Christmas message’ as a reflection which the Free Church put on its website. I had not anticipated the take up by the press (so far as I aware the Scotsman, Herald, Evening Telegraph and Courier have run with it as a story), nor did I expect such a bitter response (of which more later). Anyway here is the full text of … Continue reading No Room for Jesus – A Christmas Message meets with a Bitter Response that Proves its Point!

Secularism, Abortion and the Catholic Midwives – Letter in the Scotsman – 23rd Dec 2014

Dear Editor, I would like to thank the three secularists for their letters against me (22 December). Leslie Thomson inadvertently makes my case for me when he states that the Catholic midwives should not expect their jobs to be changed to suit their philosophy. That is precisely the point. They had been midwives for 20 years when the job was changed by the health board … Continue reading Secularism, Abortion and the Catholic Midwives – Letter in the Scotsman – 23rd Dec 2014

Abortion and the Catholic Midwives – Letter in Scotsman

The following letter was printed in todays Scotsman (20th December 2014) I find it interesting that Neil Barber of the Edinburgh Secular Society insists that medical professionals should “leave their religions in the changing room” and Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society wants to ensure that “public services in Scotland will not be organised around the religious dogma of one or two individuals” (Letters, … Continue reading Abortion and the Catholic Midwives – Letter in Scotsman