Edinburgh, Scotland, May 31, 2019 / 10:44 am America/Denver (CNA).
A priest in Edinburgh has written to oppose a suggestion in Edinburgh council to strip voting rights from religious representatives on the education committee.
The Scottish government has decided that while religious representatives must be appointed to council areas' education committees, they do not have to be afforded voting rights on those committees. The Humanist Society Scotland is urging the country's 32 council areas to deny religious representatives a vote on education committees.
Perth and Kinross Council withdrew religious representatives' voting rights earlier this month.
The Edinburgh Evening News reported May 30 that City of Edinburgh council members from the Scottish Green Party, supported by the Scottish Liberal Democrats, proposed that religious representatives on the education, children and families committee lose their voting rights. They also proposed that parents and youths be given more representation, though also without voting rights.
Msgr. Anthony Duffy, a priest of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, wrote the council to call the proposal “deeply disappointing and a very sad development”.