Prof. Norman Bonny has a letter printed in the Edinburgh Evening News

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Let parents make call on religion

On Thursday, the Evening News reported that the proposer of a petition to the city council to retain religious observance in city ‘non-denominational’ primary and secondary schools states that he wishes to prevent Christianity being marginalised in schools.

Yet the report also says that the Church of Scotland is in favour of “time for reflection” rather than religious observance “to highlight the inclusive nature of these events”.

The Church thus wishes to reduce its official Christian role to provide space for religious observance, like the Scottish Parliament’s Time for Reflection, for diverse denominations such as evangelicals, Pentecostalists, Mormons, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Buddhists.

Yes, pupils should learn about these various faiths but they should not be required to participate in their religious services.

Would it not be fairer for there to be a ballot of electors to decide if they wish the council to continue to authorise these arrangements and for parents to take the children to the church of their choice outside of school hours?

Norman Bonney, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

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