Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech

“At no point, have I ever regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina as a contentious idea.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 21/06/2021 I would never have regarded defining a woman as someone who has a vagina and the capacity to reproduce nor stating men have a geneticContinue reading “Universities and the Stifling of Free Speech”

The Pornification of Scottish Education

“Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall the day I was first confronted with explicit images.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 31/05/2021 Do you remember your curricular experience of sex education? I recall vividly the day I and my primary school peers were offered a book andContinue reading “The Pornification of Scottish Education”

The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day affords us all a vital annual reminder of the historical struggle women, and other groups, have faced.” Ewan Gurr: Remembering my gran on International Women’s Day 2021 (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 08/03/2021 Today is International Women’s Day and it is 110 years since the first oneContinue reading “The Radical Roots of International Women’s Day”

Thank God Churches Are Finally Waking Up

“Even during the Spanish flu epidemic, Christians did not socially-distance, self-isolate and shield themselves from the evident needs of society.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Thank God churches are finally waking up to crisis’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph on 08/02/2021 A group of Scottish church leaders from various denominations have submitted aContinue reading “Thank God Churches Are Finally Waking Up”

The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education

“It comes down to a simple question – who do I want to teach my kids as they grow up?” Ewan Gurr: ‘Home-school was already a success for some families’ (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 25/01/2021 As many parents across Scotland expected, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon extended the period schoolsContinue reading “The Advance of Alternative Routes to Education”

Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays

“Once the global leader, a victim of the pandemic has been Scotland’s education system with its meteoric drop in standards.” Ewan Gurr: Scottish education system a victim of coronavirus failings (eveningtelegraph.co.uk) This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 11/01/2021 When the Scottish Government announced in November its “cautious and limited” five-day amnesty forContinue reading “Education Failings Extend Beyond Longer Holidays”

How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?

“When we lock down our ability to love our neighbours, we invite a more vicious pandemic than the current one.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Society must once again treat people with humanity’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 21/12/2020 History will refer to 2020 as the year of the pandemicContinue reading “How Would Jesus Respond to Lockdown?”

Scotland Must Reckon with Child Abuse

“We need to deal with historic child sex abuse and ensure we do not repeat mistakes perpetrated in the past.” Ewan Gurr: ‘Conversation required to deal with historic abuse’ – Evening Telegraph This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph 21/12/2020 Historic child abuse is not a subject anyone should feel comfortable with. AccordingContinue reading “Scotland Must Reckon with Child Abuse”

Excluded Voices on the Smacking Ban

“I don’t feel scarred by smacking and am not the psychologically damaged person supporters of the ban wish I was.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 26/10/2020 One year ago, the Scottish Parliament voted by 84 votes to 29 to pass The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill making ScotlandContinue reading “Excluded Voices on the Smacking Ban”

The Invisibility of Male Sexual Violence

“Finlay McFarlane is 27-years-old but his world was turned upside down when he was raped after having his drink spiked.” This article appeared in the print edition of the Evening Telegraph: 12/10/2020 Finlay McFarlane is 27-years-old but his world was turned upside down when, shortly after his 18th birthday almost a decade ago, he wasContinue reading “The Invisibility of Male Sexual Violence”