The Isle of Man Freethinkers believe it essential that government understands that major churches, far from representing the ‘moral majority’ of the island, may in fact be a totally untypical minority. It is also essential that the government practice of ‘automatically’ consulting on ‘ethical’ issues with church bodies who do not even consult their congregations before offering an opinion quickly ends, and is replaced by an open, transparent consultation process.
In 2006 we abandoned a previous position whereby individual Freethinkers made personal responses to publicly advertised government consultations for a structured response written by the secretary after calling for personal opinion, anecdotal evidence or other contributions from the general membership.
The table above provides links to some of our responses to government consultations. Some cannot be included because the information included was private and confidential. Some details have also been removed from one response included here because it included information given to us by the Scottish Registrar General solely to assist the Manx Registry. Others will be added as they are submitted.