THE CLASS DIVIDE; `Catholic Schools Breed Tolerance and Discipline and Teach to High Standards'
Both my sons attend Catholic schools. They love it and are taught in a loving, family atmosphere.
Religious knowledge is only a small part of their lessons.
The discipline and moral standards are far better in these schools. To talk about closing them down is ridiculous.
If you must have all children attending the same schools, why not make them all Catholic schools?
Nina Boyle, Auchterarder.
SECTARIANISM existed in Scotland long before Catholic schools.
As someone who had a Catholic education I can assure Lord MacKay bigotry and sectarianism were not part of the curriculum.
Mrs J Greenhorn, Cambuslang.
I HAVE taught in Catholic and non-denominational schools. My experience suggests they do not foster bigotry.
In all the Catholic schools where I have taught the main aim of religious education is to encourage children to live as Christians.
This means exhorting them to love their neighbour, who may be Jewish, Orange, Muslim, Presbyterian or atheist.
Can anyone seriously suggest there is something wrong with putting across a message of love?
William Pickett, Bonhill.
WHATEVER happened to freedom and parental choice? Is the Catholic community in Scotland to become victims of the tyranny of the majority?
If there is a problem of social cohesion because of Catholic schools, why is there no similar problem in England where Catholic schools are widespread?
Catholic schools already have many non-Catholic pupils attending.
Walter Valentine (no address supplied).
AS A Protestant married to a Catholic, I think it is important religion is taught in schools.
It is a way of instilling moral and ethical principles at an early age.
James Simpson, Lochgilphead.
IF MORE theology and philosophy from all major religions was taught in schools, it would hopefully help some hate-fuelled youngsters understand the stupidity of their actions.
If Lord MacKay really wishes to address bigotry, he could start by campaigning to end bigoted marches like Orange Walks.
Mr and Mrs J Kelly, Kelty, Fife.
IN A world where drugs, sex, greed and violence seem to be dominant, why persecute Catholics?
We who send our children to Catholic schools do so not because we want them to become bigots, but because we want them to learn about the love and values Our Lord has for us.
If we are amalgamated with non-demoninational schools where little or no Christian teachings are offered, how is Christianity going to flourish?
W. Murphy, Glasgow
LIFE for children is getting harder every day. To put all children in the same schools would lead to more fighting or even killing.
I hope Lord MacKay is happy with what he has done. The trouble in Ireland is enough without it happening on the streets of Scotland.
Jane Sweeney, Dumbarton.
CATHOLICS pay taxes and are entitled to a say in their children's education.
It might be a good idea to teach four Rs instead of three, with maybe a little tolerance thrown in.
The idea separate schools breed bigotry is a fallacy. Bigotry is fed and nurtured in the home.
I AM sure Lord MacKay would back a wider attack on the causes of religious intolerance.
For instance, in a multi-cultural society, why do we have a white Protestant Royal family and a Protestant established church?
As a member of the House of Lords, he will know Catholic Cardinals and Bishops are barred. He seems to be showing his own intolerance.
Jas E Tolan, Renfrew.
We want human rights
CARDINAL Thomas Winning, Scotland's senior Catholic, was outraged by Lord MacKay's attack on separate schools.
He said: "Lord Mackay says Catholic schools foster bigotry and division. …