I wholeheartedly support the No More Faith Schools campaign. Education should level the playing field despite background and give access to the latest advances in science and human progress and encourage freethought and inquiry whilst religion contradicts and/or discourages all of the above. Children are not extensions of their parents but individuals with human rights. Why must they be divided and segregated based on their parents’ beliefs when no such divisions are acceptable when it comes to parents’ race, sexuality or political opinions. An end to faith schools would mean that we finally see our children as citizens and not as the property of their parents and that we as a society value them more than any faith or belief.
Maryam Namazie, Human rights campaigner
Faith schools contribute to the fragmentation of our education system and the religious segregation of pupils. This is not conducive to social integration, cohesion and equal opportunities for all. That's why I'm supporting the 'No more faith schools' campaign. I want to see an education system that is free from religious control and that brings together pupils from all backgrounds and beliefs.
Peter Tatchell, Human rights campaigner
State-sponsored superstition should have no place in the education of children, who should be left to make up their own minds on the basis of the evidence they see around them. Education should inspire rational thought and display the pleasures of deep understanding; it should not propagate the social poison of divisive dogma.
Peter Atkins, Writer and former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford
Collectively we have an obligation to provide children with equal access to education, for that to be as inclusive as possible it needs to be secular. In a world marked by so many divisions it is important we protect our education system as something free from religious prejudice.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP
In today’s society, it is more important than ever that our children can enjoy a diverse and fair education, and have the chance to learn from each other’s differences. The National Secular Society’s No More Faith Schools campaign is an important step in this direction and provides a platform for those who want an inclusive education to show their support for that.
Dan Snow, Historian, broadcaster and television presenter
I believe all schools should aim to encourage diversity and an understanding of others. This cannot be done through segregation. No school should be allowed to discriminate access on grounds of religion and we should aim for all schools to be religiously diverse.
Schools should be inclusive places where children learn new things and mix with kids from other backgrounds. They shouldn't be used as religious recruitment opportunities. Religious indoctrination has no place in schools.
Cathy, from SUTTON
I attended a state school so fortunately did not have to go through the violence meted out to my friends who attended the neighbouring Catholic school, not to mention the continual brainwashing. However even at the state school I attended we had to attend a compulsory religious service each day as well as so called 'religious instruction' lessons. When I suggested there was no god, I was disciplined. My children went to a state school which is heavily influenced by the local church, to the extent that religious messages are put on the water fountains! The church pays nothing to the school. I am pleased to say both my children (now adults) are atheists with no prompting from me. Education and religion should be kept apart wherever possible. The new Archbishop of York says he wants to indoctrinate children. This must be stopped.
Richard, from BOURNEMOUTH
Superstitious beliefs are inevitable. But for the State to allow, and fund, institutions that indoctrinate young innocent minds is incredulous. Schools are for teaching literature, science, art, and music; not for spreading supernatural beliefs and fear.
Robinson, from BIRMINGHAM
Religious indoctrination has no place in state schools. It is a matter for the home and only the home. If the situation was reversed and children were encouraged in school not to believe in a god there would be an outcry from the churches. Well then the same consideration should be given to those of no faith.
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