Press Release #10
PRESS RELEASE 16th November 2015
SHSG MEETING WITH PICARDO ‘POSITIVE AND PROFESSIONAL’
The Secular Humanist Society of Gibraltar (SHSG) has welcomed ‘a very positive and constructive meeting held recently at No. 6 Convent Place with the interim Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo.
‘As a group, the SHSG openly questions the role and position of the established religions in society but, nonetheless, fervently upholds citizens’ free democratic right to religious and non-religious, secular freedoms. It is in this spirit of questioning and openness to social dialogue that we aim to move forward as we enter into discussions on the issues with social partners.
‘The meeting, headed by group Committee members Bryan Ritchie and Anthony Hodgetts, was held in a helpful and pleasant atmosphere in which both sides presented their concerns and interests. Mr. Picardo answered our questions and was willing to listen to our proposals for possible legislative reform to accommodate what, in our estimation, would be a more open and equitable means for distributing support and funding across the community, in particular to take into account both religious and secular concerns.
‘Consequently, and upon Mr Picardo’s request, we shall be working to present further studies in the form of a Report for continued consideration. The group is grateful for the establishment of a serious, professional and earnest relationship of mutual interest to both the interim Government and the SHSG.
‘Meanwhile, we look forward to a similar meeting with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Daniel Feetham, in the coming week, in which we also aim to present our concerns and proposals for the consideration of the GSD,’ a group spokesperson said.
SHSG Media Team