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!

The Ultimate April Fool – An Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon

    Dear First Minister, I am writing to you as the moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and want to assure you of our prayers for you and your government. I also write in a personal capacity as a supporter of both you and the SNP. It’s no secret that you have long been the recipient of my vote. So please take this … Continue reading The Ultimate April Fool – An Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon

Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

Visit to the Scottish Parliament- 10th Feb 2016 I was asked to speak to the Scottish Parliament sub-committee on religious freedom. Although I never stick to a text the following is the substance of what I said and a few reflections on the whole experience – which tells us a great deal about the state of Church and Society in Scotland today. “It is my … Continue reading Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

The Scottish Secular Society’s Fears Answered – Letters in the Dundee Courier – Sept 2015

The following is a very revealing letter printed in the Courier (10th September 2015) , by Garry Otton of the SSS. My response, printed on the 12th follows after: Sir,  Alex Salmond asks in your newspaper: “what exactly is it that the secular society fear about religious faith which makes them so sensitive?”   Here’s what we fear.  Up to four unelected religious affiliates on every … Continue reading The Scottish Secular Society’s Fears Answered – Letters in the Dundee Courier – Sept 2015

Equality and Christian Secularism – Talk Given at Solas Day – 22nd November 2014

This is my talk from the Out of the Silent Church Conference – Solas Day 22nd November 2014 given at St Peters Church in Dundee. There are some additions and changes. The full talk will soon be available online or on DVD. It was a great day…..I believe this is a really important subject and would value your input and responses. If you think it … Continue reading Equality and Christian Secularism – Talk Given at Solas Day – 22nd November 2014

Live and Let Die – Lessons from the Scottish Parliaments Debate on SSM

Live and Let Die – Lessons from the Scottish Parliaments Debate on SSM A great day for Scotland.  A great day for democracy.  A great day for equality.  A great debate showing the brilliance of our politicians.  Its time to party, party, party.  Celebrate good times, come on!   But what did we really learn from the historic last week that the Scottish Parliament finalised Same … Continue reading Live and Let Die – Lessons from the Scottish Parliaments Debate on SSM