Obituary: Norman Bonney


TRIBUTES have been paid to an academic described as the “father of the Scottish secular movement”.

Norman Bonney, founder of the Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS), died peacefully at the Western General on February 13 at the age of 69 after a long fight with cancer.

Dr Bonney, who was born in Great Yarmouth, was a Member of the Council of Management of the National Secular Society which campaigns for “secular democracy” with a separation of religion and state.

An Emeritus professor of Edinburgh Napier University, he had been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management.

A spokesman for the ESS said it was sad to report the death of its founding member and Honorary President. He added: “A respected public intellectual, constitutional expert and published author, Professor Norman Bonney was passionate in his opposition to religious privilege, yet always counselled fellow ESS members to campaign with grace and decency.

“He was the father of the Scottish secular movement and will be greatly missed by all colleagues and friends in the society to whom he was a source of wisdom, honesty and inspiration.”……..

The full article in The Edinburgh Evening News can be read here

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