Tag Archives: Edinburgh

Remove crosses from Mortonhall Crematorium

I hope that the City of Edinburgh Council will take the opportunity 
another two months of repairs offers (Your report 14 January) to remove 
the crosses that loom over both chapels (they need to be covered with a 
curtain for non-religious funerals).
    The Crematorium is a secular building and should not appear to be 
supporting one particular religious faith--Christianity. Only a minority 
are now Christians and most Scots have no religion. That should be 
reflected in the appearance of the chapels.

Steuart Campbell – Secretary – Edinburgh Secular Society
Published Edinburgh Evening News 18 January 2017


Edinburgh ‘a secular city’–councillor

Rejecting a plea by some city churches to abandon plans for car parking charges on Sundays Cllr Adam McVey, Deputy Convenor of Edinburgh City Council’s Transport Committee, stated that Edinburgh was a ‘secular city’. He continued that ‘the concerns of just one faith could not be allowed to influence city policy’.

Abandoning plans for Sunday parking charges on behalf of churches would probably offend equalities legislation since similar privileges might be required for mosques on Fridays and the synagogue on Saturdays.

For more information visit http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/churches-can-t-get-special-treatment-on-parking-1-3660425

Concerns about school prayers raised in Scottish Parliament and with Edinburgh City Councillors

Edinburgh Secular Society’s  second Petition Bulletin concerning the petition to hold a local ballot to end prayers in Edinburgh schools highlights concerns about religious observance in Scottish schools raised by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council as well as by ESS.


This Bulletin has been sent to all elected members in Edinburgh.

Second Petition Bulletin.

Maryam Namazie shares her thoughts with Edinburgh Secular Society

We are very grateful to Maryam Namazie, of British Council of Ex-Muslims.

Support for Edinburgh Secular Society from the Scotsman

An interesting piece from Hugh Reilly at the Scotsman, very supportive of the ESS position on Education Committee Reps.

Edinburgh Secular Society is delighted that this contentious issue is finally being given due consideration.