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The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The following piece appears as a chapter in Alan Bissett’s and Alasdair McKillop’s excellent collection of essays, ‘Born Under a Union Flag’, published by Luath. The book explores cultural and religious identity in Scotland, how these identities relate to football and their impact on the current constitutional […]

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The teaching of creationism

The teaching of creationism

Scottish educationalists have always looked to England and English education. We look for whatever is best in the English system and seek to avoid its occasional errors. Recently, we have watched much that emanates from the English Department for Education with trepidation, especially if it directly articulates […]

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A matter of faith

A matter of faith

The crisis at Kirktenholme Primary in East Kilbride is one aspect of the increasing disputes over religion in schools. cash loans by western union In Kirktenholme the job-sharing headteachers have been suspended from duty following parental complaints over religious literature distributed in the school.  The books advocate […]

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Schools, sex and religion

Schools, sex and religion

A Freedom of Information request from Paul Braterman, a leading Scottish secularist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, to the Headteacher at St Andrew’s Academy in Paisley raises serious issues on sex education in Scotland.   Pamela Stenzel, an American evangelical Christian and sex campaigner, visited […]

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Reasons for keeping God and truth at arm’s length

Reasons for keeping God and truth at arm’s length

The recent film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’, has generated violent reactions, including the killing of the US ambassador in Libya, from various groups in the Islamic world. Cultural critic Stanley Fish has written a piece in the New York Times, ‘Libya, Violence and Free Speech’ which lambasts both […]

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Hers not reason why

Hers not reason why

Nationally and internationally, the Catholic church has been having a rough time. Its failure to root out paedophile priests and hand them over to the criminal justice system just about seemed to have blown over when, in Scotland, it became embroiled in the same-sex marriage issue. Keen […]

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Civil rights valued over religious prejudice

The issue of same-sex marriage is an equalities issue. Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s intemperate interventions have also made it a civil liberties issue. There is no threat to the rights or liberties of churches. Same-sex marriages are legal in eight European countries. In not one is the Roman […]

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Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

With Testament of a Witch, Linlithgow-based author, Douglas Watt, has completed the second of his 17th century crime novels.  Investigating Advocate John MacKenzie and his young assistant, Davie Scougall, are caught, in 1687, in one of the 17th century’s frenzied witch hunts. The opening chapter is an […]

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Keeping the faith

Parity of esteem was the theme of a recent Humanist Society-sponsored conference on Religious Observance and Religious Education. Clare Marsh, Education Officer of the Humanist Society Scotland, outlined the findings of a recent YouGov survey of a 1000 Scottish parents. • Parents are not fully aware of […]

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Time to call for a separation of Church and state in schools

The fact that Peter Robinson can call for an end to segregated schools in Northern Ireland should be a wake-up call to Scotland. He does, of course, have his own political motives. There will be a backlash from the Catholic Church but, unusually, Robinson and the Democratic […]

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