ESS Letter: Petition rejected by government

We were disappointed to learn that a petition to remove the 26 unelected Church of England Bishops from the House of Lords has been flatly rejected by the government.

The government’s response claims that they bring “an important independent voice and spiritual insight.” Independent? Sure, unless they’re discussing keeping children’s education segregated by the religions of their parents or voting to maintain the second class citizen status of British LGBTI people.

Let those who wish their lives to be guided by religious belief be free to have it that way but when we disagree with our government we must be free to vote them out.

Neil Barber – Communications Officer – Edinburgh Secular Society

Published Scotsman newspaper 10th Feb 2016

 

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