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Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said:
This flies in the face of every social trend that is being recorded in this country. To appoint religious people because they supposedly have superior ‘values’ is a gross insult to that half of the population that has no religion and doesn’t want to have a religion and is appalled by some of the activities of religious bodies. What kind of democracy do we have here when unrepresentative people are wheeled in to help make policy? And why is it considered that this panel has any qualifications to advise on economic policy? It is quite clear that few people in this country live their lives by reference to traditional religious teachings, so social policy based on religion would be keenly resisted.