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In Scotland, Humanist Weddings Are Now More Popular Than Christian Ones

Jun 26, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Humanist weddings — officiated by non-pastors yet carrying all the appropriate legal weight — have been legal in Scotland since 2005. And now, according to new data from the National Records of Scotland, Humanist weddings are more popular than Christian ones.

In 2019, there were 5,879 Humanist weddings, constituting 23% of all marriages. There were 5,812 Christian weddings (including the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church), making up 22% of the overall number.

By way of comparison, in 2018, there were 6,117 Humanist weddings, but 6,258 Christian ones.

Keep in mind that a 2017 survey found that an astonishing 72.4% of Scottish people said they were not religious. People are discovering ways to celebrate life, find inspiration, and enjoy community outside the confines of faith, and they’re far better off without religious dogma infesting their minds.

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One comment on “In Scotland, Humanist Weddings Are Now More Popular Than Christian Ones”

  • It’s a great trend because the humanist ceremonies are so much more personal and meaningful. Also, it sends the message that the clergy is not as important as they want us to believe they are. Here’s hoping that funerals, naming ceremonies and every other ritual that the clergy holds sway with will be taken over by family leaders who will encourage the younger set to get right in there and contribute their parts as a form of on the job training.


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