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The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

The sen­si­ble de­ci­sion taken by the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal In­fir­mary not to place Gideon Bi­bles at ev­ery bed­side has been met by howls of in­dig­nant protest from some Chris­tians. They say “But it’s a Chris­tian coun­try” (no longer sta­tis­ti­cally true) and iron­i­cally even the quite Or­wellian: “Don’t al­low a tiny mi­nor­ity to dic­tate for ev­ery­one else.”

Bi­bles or in­deed any mi­nor­ity re­li­gious books if sup­plied by their re­spec­tive faith groups should be avail­able to pa­tients on re­quest, but to as­sume that ev­ery­one wants one is naïve and ar­ro­gant.

NEIL BAR­BER Ed­in­burgh Sec­u­lar So­ci­ety, Saughton­hall Drive

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