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  •  There's a way to get rid of this, easy. (2+ / 0-)
    (2)It shall not be lawful for an education authority [F40or board of management] to discontinue religious observance or the provision of instruction in religion in terms of subsection (1) above, unless and until a resolution in favour of such discntinuance duly passed by the authority has been submitted to a poll of the local government electors for the education area taken for the purpose, and has been approved by a majority of electors voting thereat.

    (3)A poll under subsection (2) above shall be by ballot and shall be taken in accordance with rules to be made by the Secretary of State, which rules may apply with any necessary modifications any enactments relating to parliamentary or local government elections.

    You can get rid of this on the local authority level. Considering the fights between Holyrood and the councils going on right now, for the time being success on this issue is more likely to happen there. The Scottish Government doesn't have any intention of letting someone rock the national boat as they head towards independence.

    It is important to note that, technically, the United Kingdom is a theocracy, with its head being the queen. The Crown is owned by God, and the Queen acts with the power of god, and has allowed her people to have parliaments which rule in her name with the authority of the Crown.

    Such are the peculiarities of a thousand year old legal system.

    Knowing Scottish politics as I do, I'm sure that eventually this effort can be successful, especially if they start the discussion by ending Religious Observance in the cities.

    It's important to note, as well, that the Education (Scotland) Act of 1980 that codified religious instruction was Margaret Thatcher's government. It was designed to be a bulwark against "godless socialism."

    This is the same government that passed Section 28, a law making "the promotion of homosexuality" illegal.

    That is, it was illegal under Thatcher's government to fight for gay rights.

    There are lots of horrible laws left over from that woman's time in office that need getting rid of. If you want it to happen in the Scottish Parliament, it'll happen at the same ponderous speed anything happens there. It'll be more successful, though, if the majority of Local councils repeal it first.

    It's also important to note that there's nothing, legally, to stop a local council from reinstating religious observances for their schools if parliamentary repeal goes forward.

    Scotland does have an official religion and established kirk, the Church of Scotland. Scottish people have a... unique way of looking at religion.

    I'm not making this up: I was in a Scottish Pub here in New York talking about the new pope, and debating on whether he was really a reformer, and talking about my friend's hope that the hierarchy would change. The Bartender, who lived most of his life in Dundee, came in on my side, and made some statements in support of the Church of Scotland.

    "Mike," I said, dumbfounded "You're an Atheist."

    "Aye," he said, "But I'm a Protestant Atheist."

    Scots have a unique and complicated religious history. Hopefully they'll be able to see that having schoolteachers teach religion is unwise.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 07:59:42 AM PDT

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