Media Officer Neil Barber’s letter in response to the Church of Scotland’s recent report on post-independence settlement is published in the Scotsman


Church wish-list

Published on 26/04/2013 00:00


The Church of Scotland and its associated committees have released their wish-list in the event of an independent Scotland.


It emphasises the Church’s “historic” role and its “service” to Scottish society, all sweepingly summed up with: “(Any new constitution) should recognise that human realms are under the authority of God, and should also recognise the role of religion in general and the Church of Scotland in particular.”

Again we see the Church assuming to speak for all of us.

To its credit, it does acknowledge, for example in the question of unelected church representatives on education committees, that this might be “perceived as a privilege” and questions “whether it would wish to argue for these roles to be maintained”.

I am glad to hear that.

While religion is important to some people, many others do not feel represented by its discriminatory moral attitudes, and would strongly oppose any notion of establishment in an independent Scotland.

Yes, teach children about religion in schools but if parents wish their child to be exposed to Christian “witness”, they can take them to church on Sunday.

The right of churches proportionately to represent their followers’ views from the same platform as everyone else must be enshrined, but so also must be the freedom from having religion constitutionally imposed on us.

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Saughtonhall Drive


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