“Faith leaders in Scotland have met in Holyrood to voice their opposition to proposals which would allow assisted dying in Scotland. The Church of Scotland, the Catholic Church and the Scottish Association of Mosques all took part in the event in the Scottish Parliament.” (bbc.co.uk)
The Humanist Society Scotland said, “The question arising from this event for MSPs and wider society is why the views of three senior clerics should take precedence and block the rights of others to a choice that meets their beliefs on life and death in their final hours.”
What weight should their opposition be given, when it currently represents three decidedly minority groupings?
A spokesman for the Scottish Catholic Church told The Times that the Catholic Church in Scotland faces what he called a “perfect storm” of challenges, including declining attendance. Figures are hard to come by!
As it stages its annual General Assembly, the Church of Scotland trustees have warned that it will have to close hundreds of churches in the coming years. About 60,000 currently attend on a Sunday.
According to the 2001 census, there are around 42,000 Muslims in Scotland, which has a population of 5,200,000. (0.8%)
A 2023 YouGov poll shows that in Scotland 37% totally support assisted dying whereas 5% totally oppose. 36% tend to support, whereas 10% tend to oppose. The total ‘support’ level is therefore 73%, and the ‘oppose’ level is 15%. The time has come for the prevailing view to be recognised, accepted and appropriately acted on.
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