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Endorse John Finnie’s Bill to end anti-democratic religious privilege

Its time to make your voice heard in one of the most important debates in Scottish Politics at the moment.

John Finnie MSP (pictured right) has launched a consultation on a Bill to remove religious privilege.  The Bill will do four things:

  • to remove the obligation on local authorities to appoint religious representatives to Education Committees;
  • to remove the right of unelected members of local authority committees to vote;
  • to require the full results of local authority voting to be published;
  • to require remote access to the public proceedings of local authorities.

It is imperative that all of us put forward our views, and any thoughts we have on the Bill to John.  This is the first time since 1999 that the Scottish Parliament has been in a place to end the centuries old religious privilege in Scotland, we would urge everyone to support this Bill.

These are three easy ways that you can do this:

1) ESS has created a handy online form which we will use to collate responses and send off to John Finnie.  To do this, click here.

2) You can email John directly at john.finnie.msp@scottish.parliament.uk.

3) If you want to keep it retro, you can write to John Finnie at:
John Finnie MSP
Room M3.19
Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Also, please use this widget below to write you your local representatives and urge them, and their Parties to support the Bill.  Just type in your postcode, and follow the instructions.


Schools Chaplaincy exposed by Edinburgh Secular Society

Times Educational Supplement for Scotland have, after been given exclusive access to a detailed report from Edinburgh Secular Society, run the following article.


The full report represents around one year of research by the Edinburgh Secular Society team.

The full report ‘Evidence of Evangelical Christian Organisations Targeting & Accessing Scotland’s Non-denominational Schools’  will become available in the Documents & Resources section at 4pm.

See the full article below:

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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.