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IF WE were to follow Professor Bonney’s recommendations (Letters, 28 January), it would mean the exclusion from the education system of those children from families with a faith perspective.

People who believe in the transcendent and not just the “here and now” could not agree to their children being unable to express that attitude or have it accepted during school hours at such a formative period in their lives.

Even if those with a faith perspective became a minority in this country, they would expect their way of life to be celebrated and not hidden away.

Faith is not simply a matter of having information; it orientates the whole person. If the person is forced to compartmentalise their lives to such an extent, frustration and anger will follow.

If the Edinburgh Secular Society is in favour of a level playing field, what is wrong with the proposals of the Church of Scotland and Humanist Society?

(REV) Dr Thomas J Shields PhB STL PhD

Melville Street

Perth

Has the Church of Scotland finally lost touch with the reality of parish life?

While parish ministers are constantly struggling to stem the rising tide of secularism in our society, we find the Church of Scotland in an “unholy” alliance with the Humanists to change religious observance in schools to “a time of reflection” (your report, 28 January).

What next, I wonder? An amendment to the Lord’s Prayer to read: “Thy will be done in heaven but not on earth, Lord, lest the Church offend someone”?

(Rev) Roderick J Grahame

Brechin Cathedral