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
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
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
The societal division of state education can hardly be said to be in the wider public interest.
Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP
I am pagan and have pagan friends that live in the affected areas. Please do not scrap the cap. I can only imagine how many families it may negatively affect. Getting rid of this cap will only divide the people of your country in terrible ways.
I think it's a disgrace that my child's school is being closed down and that he is being forced into a religious school. I do not want organised religion rammed down my sons throat.
Natasha, Great Yarmouth
Faith schools indoctrinate children into a particular religious belief system. I have no problem with religions trying to recruit members, but this should not be done with an easily-swayed captive audience of children at the taxpayer?s expense.
Like alot of our friends of our generation alot of us are of atheist or more spiritual than religious, yet when my daughter came of school age there was no local schools within a reasonable distance to send my daughter that are not religious. all 3 of the schools locally are CofE, so we opted to send her to our most local which is the main school for our town, but after attending a few school assemblys felt even more sick about sending here there but we have no choice as we are not a well off family, but the way they brainwash children about 'god' i even had my daughter call me a liar for not believing that Jesus is the son of god. i don't mind children being taught about faith, and the more different cultures and religions the better so they are more understanding and embracing, but also the way they are taught about other faiths as a us and them way deeply troubles me.
Lana, Newton Abbot
Our society is increasingly non-religious but those who practice a religion are becoming more and more polarised. Educating children separately, based on their parents' beliefs, only encourages this. And the majority in our society, the non-believers, are offered a restricted choice of schools, thus discriminating against them.
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Parent’s perspective: Playing the faith school admissions game would teach my children the wrong lessons
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