ESS Letter: Challenge to claim that “Christianity deserves credit for democracy”

Ian L Forrester’s idea that man himself, not religion, is the “root of all evil” has virtue, but how then can he give Christianity credit for democracy? (letters Nov 12th)

Religion has often been an anti-democratic force: until comparatively recently non-belief in Christianity was punishable by death or imprisonment; patriarchal Christian attitudes denied women the vote for generations; gay equality has been religiously opposed at every turn and Christians have no democratic conscience when they take up unelected seats in our government institutions.

Religion is maybe not the root of ALL evil but like all other monolithic ideologies it is far from being the guardian of “our heritage and history” and “the freedoms and privileges we now enjoy.”

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Published Scotsman newspaper 13th Nov 2015.

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