Christian humility is lacking when voting membership on Scottish education committees is available to religious nominees

Humility is meant to be a Christian virtue, but I see no trace of it when representatives from selected Scottish churches sit in seats legally reserved for them on council education committees (Churches win fight to rule on schools, News, November 16).

There, they enjoy the same voting rights as councillors but without any need to seek election, and hence without any accountability to the taxpayers who fund state education. This is arrogant, elitist behaviour, which laughs in the face of democracy and equality, and I am disappointed that John Finnie MSP has abandoned his attempt to press the issue at Holyrood.

If Rev Sally Foster-Fulton of the Church of Scotland is correct that church representatives add value to the committees, could she please explain what kind of value they add, what valuable abilities they possess that others don’t, and why they cannot use those abilities to get themselves fairly elected?

Christianity is often described as a great force for social good. If so, it should be able to earn its influence on merit instead of relying on legally enshrined privilege.

This fight is not over.

Robert Canning, letter in the Sunday Herald, 23 November 2014

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