A question of tolerance

22nd November 2013 at 00:00

Norman Bonney's letter on behalf of secularists ("Leave religious observance at home", 15 November) is a long one, but a short sentence from it surely betokens the real secular view of religious practice.

Professor Bonney writes: "Religion outside school is diverse and divisive." It seems to me that not only do he and his coterie of Scotland-based secularists not want religious practice within schools but they do not like religion as an entity outside schools. Indeed, that seems increasingly to many born and bred Scots to be the real agenda of what some call "militant secularism" - to deal with religious belief in wider Scottish society and not just in education. So much for tolerance of diversity, which the secularists claim to seek.

Gus Logan, North Berwick.

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