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The H Factor

Humanist Society of Scotland has released nine short films that show what humanists believe on a wide range of important moral issues, including same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide and sectarianism.

The films were shot all across Scotland, and feature contributions from more than 50 people, ranging from 10-year-old Mirren Buchanan in Thurso to 81-year-old Margaret Ferguson from Inverness. The films can be seen at the H Factor campaign site and on Vimeo, where they can also be downloaded and shared on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

In the film on humanism, Alex from Edinburgh says: "As far as I am aware, no humanist has ever killed anyone because of their beliefs." Meanwhile, in the one about physician-assisted suicide, Catriona from Aberdeen speaks movingly of watching her grandmother die: "We had to watch my granny die over a period of months, in pain, and wasting away in front of us when she'd told me years ago she'd had a great life and she was ready to go. Why can't we afford people the same compassion that we show to our animals?"

HSS Convenor Les Mitchell said: "We're delighted with the H Factor films, which show that humanists are deeply committed to making the world a better place. Although Humanism is becoming more familiar in Scotland through the growth of our ceremonies, very few people actually know what humanists believe.

"Now they can see for themselves and we hope that many of them realise they've been 'Secret Humanists' all their lives."

You can find out more on our H Factor campaign site.

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