We ask two questions in relation to religious schools:
- How do you promote social cohesion by segregating children according to their parents' religion?
- How do young people make a free and informed choice about what to believe if they spend their entire education in schools which promote a single narrow word-view?
Putting it as simply as possible:
- How does segregation promote harmony?
- How does ignorance provide freedom of choice?
We support good Religious Education which provides young people with information about a wide variety of different beliefs,including non-belief, so they can make a free and informed choice about their own beliefs.
We oppose the forcing of any single world-view onto children.
We oppose "the god assumption" in the act of worship that all schools must provide each day.
"Worship" is not simply "reflection" or moral stories - it is defined by the Department for Education as "an act of reverence or veneration paid to a divine being or power."