I support this campaign. There is too much segregation in life. As we live together so we grow through sharing and understanding not by reinforcing a faith or belief or one set of values. Children from all faith and belief backgrounds should be educated together and allowed to develop their own beliefs independently and within the rich communities in which we all have to live.

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Lord Cashman CBE

I am happy to join the No More Faith Schools campaign. Education must be secular.

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Lord Desai, Economist and Labour politician

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.

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Maryam Namazie, Human rights campaigner

If we are aiming for an inclusive society, the fewer divisions we can impose on our growing children the better.

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Virginia Ironside, Journalist, agony aunt and author

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.

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Peter Tatchell, Human rights campaigner

Cohesive society needs secular education. Tolerant and understanding citizens need an all-round education inc. learning about different types of beliefs/philosophies.

Cathy, Derby

While the main reasons for opposing faith schools have to be associated with their effects on the lives of young people and on their divisive effects on social cohesion, there is another reason: the damage done to teachers. As a former teacher of mathematics, on two occasions I was foolish enough to apply for positions in faith schools. On both occasions the interview process seemed to be progressing well- until the interview with the Chair of Governors, on both occasions an ordained minister. I was naive enough to b, believing that my (non) religious beliefs were irrelevant to maths teaching. The subsequent frostiness.

Ken

I believe it is fundamentally wrong to force a child into one or another religion at school. Schooling should be about education only, not segregating children into tribes. This has been proven by many studies to lead to more divided societies and the conflict which arises from such - Northern Ireland for a recent example. Religion can be studied outside school; make schools secular and give all children the same start in life.

Kersten, Newton-le-Willows

Let us stop segregating children in 2021 on the basis of religious beliefs. Let children be integrated and learn to understand one another better. Look at the sectarianism that has been a major problem in Northern Ireland. Integrate, not separate, should be the way forward.

Paul, from LIVERPOOL

As the parent of a two-year-old, in Wigan, one of the worst regions in the country for choices, I am appalled by the lack of options for nonreligious parents, both locally and nationally. Worse still, one the few remaining non-faith schools in my town is in danger of being closed, despite a plethora of local faith schools for those few who do wish for a religious education for their children.

Geoff, from WIGAN

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