Religious Grace: HSS letter to The Scotsman

The Scotsman should apologise to John Finnie for giving an inflammatory and misleading headline to an otherwise very balanced article by Alistair Munro (6 November), writes Tim Maguire in The Scotsman. John Finnie’s bill seeks to remove unelected religious representatives from local authority education committees: it does not seek to remove religion from education.

The Humanist Society Scotland supports the bill, because as John Finnie says, “in 21st century Scotland, when the single largest group of people identify as having ‘no religion’, obliging councils to appoint unelected religious representatives to education committees is an archaic arrangement”.

This does not mean that religion should have no voice in education: on the contrary, the many voices of our different religions should continue to be heard, but without privilege, and among others, as expressions of the varied cultures and beliefs that make up our democratic nation.

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