Neil Barber, ESS Media Officer, has this letter printed in the Courier

Challenge will set precedent

Sir, – Today, in an unprecedented challenge to religious privilege in Scotland, Ms Veronica Wikman is due to stand in Edinburgh City Council chambers and present her petition to remove religious observance from the city’s non-denominational schools.

She will be supported by members of both Edinburgh Secular Society and The National Secular Society.

The polarised debate over this issue demands that ECC organise a voters poll.

Religious education in schools is important and rightly teaches children about religious belief. Religious observance simply bludgeons them to believe.

Religious freedom is paramount but cannot extend to recruitment from our state school children.

Neil Barber.
Edinburgh Secular Society.

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