Secular Groups Attack Plan to Make Religion Part of Scottish Constitution

Scottish Parliament Credit G. LairdA proposal to acknowledge the role of religion in any future constitution for Scotland has provoked a stringent response from secular groups.

Both the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) and the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) have voiced objection to the suggestion that an independent Scotland should formally recognise the prominence of faith groups in its written constitution.

The proposition emerged during a meeting convened by the Church of Scotland, where representatives of various religious groups discussed the future role of faith in Scottish society.

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  • But religion is not that prominent and is in any case adequately covered by Article 9 of the ECHR which gives recognition but not privilege. Christians must defend, not rail against secularism when it defends freedom of religion.