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On Monday Edinburgh City Council’s petition committee heard a petition from Veronica Wikman to remove religious observance from non-denominational schools.

The author of the counter petition to retain it did not show up and was represented by a Church of Scotland minister. The meeting was chaired with grace and clarity by Councillor Maggie Chapman and Ms Wikman was supported by representatives of both Edinburgh Secular Society and The National Secular Society. The petition was moved to the next stage which is to be heard by the education committee later in the year

We applaud city council for its relatively young petitions procedure which makes local democracy and accountability ever more accessible to Edinburgh citizens.

Neil Barber

Edinburgh Secular Society

Saughtonhall Drive

Edinburgh