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
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
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 am happy to join the No More Faith Schools campaign. Education must be secular.
Lord Desai, Economist and Labour politician
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.
Lord Cashman CBE
It is hard to believe that we allow religious groups any involvement at all in our children's education in this, the 21st century. Faith schools are divisive and inward / backward looking - it's time to give children access to an unencumbered education in which free thought is encouraged. I fully support the campaign!
Lance, from IPSWICH
Tax-payer funded schools discriminating against parents and their children for not obeying a set of conditions dictated by the leaders of organised religions is both abhorrent and unfair. All state funding for such schools should be withdrawn.
A Supporter, Warrington
Attending a faith school means that children and their families are likely to interact and socialise with those of the same religion which makes for a segregated society. If our children to grow up compassionate and understanding of others they need to mix with children and teachers of different backgrounds and religions. Dividing our society into faith groups from a young age is setting a time bomb for the future.
Religious segregation causes so much conflict in the world, that it is obvious that children should learn toleration by keeping religion out of schools.
Patr, from CARDIFF
Thank you for all your great work. Please keep going and continue to fight for our rights to be educated free from religious indoctrination. Over the last decade there has been a steady erosion of the culture of challenging, thoughtful, and intelligent debate and in particular around some religious beliefs and cultures....it has even impacted on comedy. This cannot continue. We are a secular majority; a secular culture is fundamental to building a society and country that protects human rights without religious bias or perversion and freedoms to live and love whomever we choose. Without a choice in schooling, we will lose all the fragile gains of equality for all made since the 1960's.
Valerie, from SOUTH LONDON
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