By Gary McLelland, 26-Apr-2013 10:32:00
He will join a conference of religious representatives and leading scholars from across Europe and North America who will be debating the relationship between religion and government. The conference is organised by the Luxembourg International Institute for European and International Studies
Professor Bonney, an emeritus professor at Edinburgh Napier University and member of the Council of the National Secular Society, will be arguing that religious and political freedom is best guaranteed by a strict separation of religion from the state. People should be free to follow their own religious preferences but the state should not be involved in supporting or propagating any specific religious beliefs.
Commenting on the event Norman Bonney stated that one outcome of the event should be to assist the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to develop a consistent policy towards religious matters.
By Gary McLelland, 18-Apr-2013 18:27:00
I am pleased to announce that Edinburgh Secular Society, in partnership with University of Edinburgh Humanist Society, will be hosting a Scotland Campaign meeting on Saturday 22nd June at 2pm in Teviot Row Dining Room.
The day will consist of a series of talks and presentations from prominent Scottish secularists, humanists, skeptics and others, at the meeting various organizations from across Scotland will be asked to sign a motion calling for the Scottish Government to take action to remove the requirement for Religious Observance in Scottish Schools.
The day will culminate in an event at 7.30pm.
Gary McLelland, ESS Chair
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