Change the name and start afresh

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Your opinion column is jumping the gun in suggesting that girl guides have forsaken their faith in God. The national anthem still includes God.

It would be better to suppose that the change was due to needless duplication, therefore. Their continuing vow of allegiance to the Queen implies religious faith as long as we sing for God to save her.

Please don’t insult our intelligence by kowtowing to the “elephant in the room brigade” who think they can get rid or their Creator by pretending that he isn’t there.

There are plenty of other organisations which girls could have joined if it bothered them so much without cheapening this one. Guides who don’t wish to change their vows could instead change the name of their organisation and then start afresh elsewhere with the same activities and beliefs as before.

Andrew Staniforth

Neill Road, S11