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Veronica Wikman (Letters, 16 April) again unfairly criticises the Church of Scotland in relation to non-denominational state schools.

This lady repeats constantly the refrain that the Church of Scotland thinks children are “theirs to play with” and to “indoctrinate”. To me, however, the Church of Scotland has been singularly slow to replying to Ms Wikman’s petition and is characterised in my view, as one of its adherents, as very moderate in the face of various campaigns by secular activists.

Does any Scot who has been through the non-denominational state school system recognise this picture of “indoctrination” in religious observance at school in Edinburgh or Scotland now or in the past 40 years? I do not. In fact, the forthcoming Scottish census results will probably show that the main churches in Scotland still have several hundred thousand members, as well as tens of thousands of people more loosely professing belief. How many members, by contrast, do the voluble secular societies have in Scotland?

They seem very coy about releasing their membership numbers. If ever there was an example of a tiny but committed minority driving along an agenda of its own, then it is in the current secular assault on Scotland’s Christian culture and traditions, in my opinion.

Eventually, if the secular activists have their way, Scotland will finally be no longer part of Christendom and will part with its long tradition as part of that ethos.

Hopefully, Edinburgh councillors will not accede to the demands in the secularists’ petition which seeks to cut off Edinburgh schoolchildren in non-denominational state schools from even the barest acquaintance with the worship forms of 
Scotland’s national church of centuries standing.


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