ESS Letter: Remove Christian symbols

Crematorium

With Mortonhall Crematorium being closed for five months to allow for repairs following fire damage, this might be a good time to remove the Christian symbols from the chapels and the Garden of Remembrance to reflect what should be the religiously neutral nature of a publicly funded building.

Those who wish a religious funeral must of course be free to employ a chaplain and the religious accessories of their choice but we know that Christianity is now a minority belief, does not represent everyone’s sense of spirituality and should not be the default design of crematoria.

At a difficult and poignant time no mourner should have to screen out, or quite literally dodge around the symbols and icons of someone else’s religion.

 Neil Barber – Communications Officer – Edinburgh Secular Society

Published Scotsman newspaper 31st May 2016

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