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Secular prayer

This week will see the Church of Norway become officially disestablished.

Coat of arms of the Church of Norway

Coat of arms of the Church of Norway

Norwegians are now free to choose any religion or none but will no longer have their philosophic views assumed for them by the state. Scotland and England continue to be in a tiny minority of European countries where one branch of one minority religion is named the “national church.”

Let us hope that in 2017 religious leaders will continue to guide their own followers but take a lead in graciously and voluntarily surrendering these unrepresentative privileges.

The mixing of religion and politics causes some of the worst problems in the world. Combating that begins at home.

 

Neil Barber – Communications Officer – Edinburgh Secular Society

Published The Scotsman The Herald and Edinburgh News – 30 January 2017