And this is why all schools should be non-religious

The BBC has the article on its web site – see link above

The fact that in this day and age the state encourages citizens to educate children in the religious atmosphere of the parents choosing is utterly bizarre to me. Religion is a personal thing not something to be passed down from one generation to the next.

That we end up with children being indoctrinated is bad enough but in a free society surely we don’t want up and coming generations to have closed minds do we? Surely it is wrong to try to force young minds to follow the same religious beliefs of parents/families.

4 thoughts on “And this is why all schools should be non-religious

  1. nvelope2003 says:

    It would be a strange sort of Christian who did not want their children to learn about Christianity. They then have the opportunity to accept it or reject it. Most people have little or no knowledge of the issue because no one has taught them but that does not stop them denouncing or ridiculing Christianity because of some misinformation or prejudice they have acquired.

    • Thanks for this. As you may have guessed I’m an atheist these days although I was brought up as a Christian (Mother a Methodist, Dad CofE), indeed I was choir boy at both St. Andrews Maghull and St. Helens Sefton Village. I’m not opposed to religion at all just that I think youngsters should make their own decisions about whether to follow a religion or none at all. As a Liberal I will always defend the rights of others to hold their beliefs but I want schools to be secular.

  2. From -You want religious schools? Go and look what they have achieved in Northern Ireland it’s division total division. We also have a problem with unregulated Islamic and Jewish run schools. Why do religious schools also expect and receive privileges fro the state?

    This comment was mistakenly posted under the Southport Round House article so I have moved it here ED.

  3. Phil Holden says:

    As there would still be Sunday schools, madrasahs etc providing just religious education, there is an argument that establishments providing religions education are best inside the system and regulated – perhaps better to have them as fully fledged schools so that they can be regulated. But on balance I think you are right, Tony. If all pupils had to attend a non-denominational, regulated school then they would at least receive appropriate quality mainstream education, whatever else their heads are being filled with.

    But scrapping establishments like Catholic schools would be a controversial change for any government to implement and I can’t see it happening!

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