Monday, 29 November 2010

Thistle oath change doesn't impress

Duncan McAra, former honorary editor of The Heraldry Society of Scotland, has a letter in today's Scotsman newspaper, protesting at changes made in 2006 to the oath undertaken by new members joining the Order of the Thistle. The changes lose the words "I shall fortify and defend the Christian religion, and Christ's most holy Evangel, to the utmost of my power", which he is unhappy with.

Personally I am not religious, and have no problem with the further secularisation of the state - however, as an institution with a religious heritage, he does make some interesting points about the need to maintain the order's traditions - such as why the need for a Dean of the Thistle if the order is to be secularised?

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