I find it interesting that Neil Barber of the Edinburgh Secular Society insists that medical professionals should “leave their religions in the changing room” and Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society wants to ensure that “public services in Scotland will not be organised around the religious dogma of one or two individuals” (Letters, 19 December).
Apart from the fact that “religion” is not something we put on or off like clothing, and the fact that there are far more than “one or two” Catholics in Scotland, both these secularists are missing the real elephant in the room.
Why should their religious or philosophical view be the only one allowed in public life in Scotland?
The secularists are a tiny group in comparison with the Catholic Church and yet they insist that the whole of society must be governed according to their views. In this area at least there are many of us in the Protestant churches who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Catholic sisters and brothers in supporting their right to religious freedom and not to participate in what we see as state-sanctioned killing of human life.
The arrogance and intolerance of the secularists is becoming more and more evident in Scottish society. It’s time for those of use who value freedom, diversity and human life to stand up for what remains of our Christian value system.
St Peters Free Church
St Peter Street
There has been much comment on the Supreme Court ruling about the participation of Catholic midwives in activities surrounding abortion.
I sympathise with the midwives and feel that the Court of Session got it right in upholding their case. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this case, I have seen no comment about a court in Scotland being overruled by a court in London.
The 1707 Treaty of Union specified that the judgments of the Scottish courts could not be reviewed by any court “in Westminster Hall”. I do not know whether the Supreme Court sits in Westminster Hall, but the clear intention of this provision was to maintain the independence and integrity of Scottish law and it seems to me that the interference of a Supreme Court in London in Scottish legal cases is a breach, certainly of the spirit, and probably of the letter, of that treaty.