ESS Chair Gary McLelland has a letter published in the Herald

Most religious organisations are guilty of exaggerating their memberships

DAVID Robertson (Letters, April 18) in my opinion deliberately misrepresents AC Grayling’s statement that only 3% of the UK population attend church regularly.

Since most religious organisations seek to recruit members straight from the cradle, the accusation of innumeracy should be lodged with the churches.

I have been non-religious for many years now, and despite this, I will still be counted in the one billion Catholics that the Vatican boasts about.

The members that Mr Robertson refers to are not an accurate picture of faith in the 21st century.

He also wheels out the canard about the Sausage Appreciation Society. Does he not know that membership of the National Secular Society is increasing at a higher rate than the decrease of the number of Christians in the UK, as measured by the census?

Most people are non-religious, and secularism seeks to protect the philosophical integrity of all.

Gary McLelland,

Edinburgh Secular Society, Saughtonhall Drive, Edinburgh.

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