ESS Letter: Unelected clerics in government institutions


One thing I enjoy about holidays in Spain is the beautiful churches: you are reminded that the artists and architects of the day often depended on the church as a patron.

Those religious people who still use the buildings for meditation, visit with quiet grace and unlike in Britain, do not expect to have unelected clerics in government institutions, the right to preach to state school children or to be the automatic stewards of civic ceremonies.

No, if I wanted that on my holiday the nearest other country would be Iran.

 Neil Barber – Communications Officer Edinburgh Secular Society.

Published in Edinburgh Evening News 29th Jan 2016

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