An island girl aged 10 has applied for legal aid to take Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to court over its policy to keep the sports centres in Stornoway and Tarbert closed on the Sabbath. Similar centres in Benbecula and Barra are open for a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon. Pending the court case, a solicitor has already called on the council to review its 'irrational' policy. The girl and her mother are planning to invoke equality laws to fight the Comhairle on this issue. Caledonian Macbrayne used the same legislation to start a ferry service on Sundays, which has proved highly successful. The single Sunday afternoon crossing is one of the busiest in the week.
I have the deepest respect for people's religious beliefs, and hold the genuine faithful in high regard. I have no time for those who see fit to impose a way of life on a whole community, many of whom do not adhere to the same tenets of faith. It is an unholy way to exercise power over others, and in my opinion wholly contradictory to the spirit and the letter of Christian teachings.