Tag Archives: Letters

Lack of faith in the Kirk

Edinburgh Secular Society Treasurer Steuart Campbell writes an excellent letter in The Scotsman regarding the lack of religious faith of some members of the Kirk.

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Prof. Norman Bonney writes in the Scotsman

Prof. Bonney points out the glaring undemocratic privilege of compulsory unelected religious representatives to the Church of Scotland’s Sandy Fraser.


Letters from the Scotsman

An interesting set of letters in the Scotsman discussing Edinburgh Secular Society’s decision to publish a list of unelected religious reps in Scotland.


Media Officer supports change to Girl Guides’ promise in Scotsman


Guiding light

Published on 21/06/2013 00:00

I was delighted to hear that the Guides Association has changed its spoken promise so as to emerge from the dusty and exclusive Christian organisation it has been for generations.

With the Guides really being the only group of their sort I’m pleased we seem to have overcome the preposterous “They can join their own atheist Guides if they don’t like it !” argument.

I very much hope the Scouts will catch up soon.

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular 

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Media Officer dismisses attack on ESS membership in today’s Evening News


Published on 19/06/2013 12:00

Growth springs from modest beginnings

Gus Logan continues to obsess about Edinburgh Secular Society’s membership numbers (letters, June 18). Would he be satisfied to learn that our membership is of course less than that of the major Christian churches? Unlike religion we have not built numbers through 2000 years of compulsory belief enforced with the threat of death, torture or imprisonment.

I can tell him that our membership has tripled since we began in August of last year.

We hope Mr Logan might engage with our ideas directly and abandon this churlish numbers game. He should be reminded that many campaigns started with small groups or individuals with no diminution of the lasting virtue of their ideas.

Does he recall Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst? Or civil rights activist Rosa Parks? Didn’t Jesus start with 12 men sitting around a table?

Neil Barber, Edinburgh Secular Society, Saughtonhall Drive

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