This EIS paper aims to set people thinking, and to inform, influence and support debate.

The practice of inviting academics and practitioners to provide evidence for the paper allows the EIS to add perspective and pose questions which enhance or support Institute policy. 

For the purposes of this paper, the committee decided that it would refer to Catholic/Protestant sectarianism. This is not to ignore the existence of sectarianism within other religions but to recognise that this particular sectarian divide is a long-term and much publicised aspect of Scottish society. 

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