Western Isles Secular Society (WISS) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Secularist of the Year award.
The National Secular Society (NSS) recently announced its six-candidate shortlist for the annual award, now in its 13th year.
The Award recognises a campaigner or group for an outstanding contribution to the secularist movement, and comes with a £5,000 prize.
WISS, which organised to oppose Sabbatarian control of life in the Western Isles, has been shortlisted for ‘standing up to the intrusion of religious control in the lives of their community, for combining secularist principles with social action, and for their commitment to including people of all faiths and none’.
Speaking of the nomination, a WISS spokesperson said: “It is both a surprise and a huge honour to learn that the Western Isles Secular Society was even shortlisted.
“We acknowledge the important role faith plays in island society, whilst recognising the increasing diversity of local culture. We continue to resist imposed religious observance, while reaching out to those of faith willing to help us build bridges and strengthen community bonds.”
The spokesperson added: “We are immensely grateful to the National Secular Society for their support and for recognising our work.”
Commenting that the NSS was ‘delighted to present such a strong field’ of candidate, NSS President Keith Porteous Wood added: “These nominees campaign on a wide variety of important issues, all upholding vital secularist principles.
“Between then they are making a vital contribution to the promotion of equality, freedom and the rule of the law.”
The winner of the 2018 Secularist of the Year Award will be announced on Saturday, March 24th, at the Secularist of the Year luncheon.
For further information, please visit: www.secularism.org.uk