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
I am a political secularist - I believe the State should adopt a level playing field when it comes to religious belief. Even many religious people now recognise that the State funding of religious schools involves giving special privileges to religious communities that are not afforded to the rest of us. This is unjust, anti-democratic, and should stop.
Stephen Law, Philosopher and author.
I am happy to join the No More Faith Schools campaign. Education must be secular.
Lord Desai, Economist and Labour politician
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 found this campaign because I came looking for it. Last year when looking for a school for my son I was extremely unhappy to find my only options were faith schools. I am not anti-religion, but it has no place at all in schools. My 5-year-old came home last week and told me he had learned about how the earth was made. I was excited to hear how the big bang etc had been presented to such young children. Instead, he informed me it was made by God. His precious educational time has been used to teach him this. This upsets and angers me. By all means teach children about religion and culture, but don't indoctrinate them with any particular faith and keep education fact based.
Jonathan, from BLACKBURN
The continued existence of 'faith' schools is, paradoxically, not a force for good. It leaves the population ignorant of cultural features of different denominations which are salient to everyday life and mutual understanding, it results in increased travel (with a negative environmental and health impact) and discriminatory employment practices and compromises education itself. There are better ways for religious communities and organisations to contribute to the education of their adherents and the general community than through an overall involvement the admissions and curriculum of state-funded schools.
Jennifer, from DERBY
It is confusing and befuddling to the children’s education to have religious teachings in schools. It is hugely out of date and not representative of reality. No more faith schools misinforming children!
Bow, from PORTSMOUTH
I was educated in a faith school in Belfast, and we all know about the religious differences there. Religious groups of any kind should not have any control over any parts of our education system it simply gives them easy access to children and allows them to influence the children’s minds and decisions for their own motives. It acts against the multi-cultural, inclusive, and tolerant society that we should be striving to build.
Michael, from EDINBURGH
Apart from studying religion as an aspect of its influence in an historical sense it has no other place in education. Education must be free of the influences of religion as it must be of politics. Education must be run and organised by educationalists.
Laurie, from SOUTH LONDON
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