Dear ………….. (Head of ‘School Pastoral Department’)
Religious Education contravenes children’s human rights
by David Masters
May 16, 2008
A committee of MPs has released a report contending that forcing school children to engage in religious acts of worship and religious education classes could constitute a breach of their human rights.
The report from the cross-party joint committee on human rights states that any child of ’sufficient maturity, intelligence and understanding’ should have the right to opt out of religious activity whilst at school.
This includes religious acts of worship in assemblies, and religious education classes.
If measures to allow opt-outs aren’t put into place, the committee warns that this could constitute a breach of children’s human rights under Article 9 of the European convention of human rights.
Currently only 6th form students are allowed to choose whether or not to attend religious acts of worship.
The National Secular Society welcomed the report, and have said that they will take legal action against the government if the report’s findings are not acted upon.
The British Humanist Association also support the report’s findings, and have written to the government endorsing the report.
However, the Church of England has defended the continuation of compulsory worship in publicly funded schools. Religious worship was made compulsory in schools in 1944.
Of course, in particular – Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and all the other religions who are involved with the education of (our) children (sponsored by the UK State): portraying themselves as upholding charity, morality, and virtuousness; should, therefore, be: severely admonished by the public and all the media (especially the BBC, who is so lackadaisical towards religious abuses) for using as little ‘pawns’ our own – very young vulnerable children and young adults in their self-centred power struggle, which is so very obviously against any spirit of the Law that can be found in the current Human Rights Legislation (on this subject, already passed into Law). There should be no need – at all – to take them to a Court of Law over this matter. They should relinquish their hold on a barbaric and medieval position – forthwith. I am afraid that any humility on ‘their behalf’ is the last thing on their selfish minds. This can be seen by their appalling behaviour towards all the other Human Rights and Equality Legislation, recently that has been very bravely passed through the UK’s Parliament. It shows: bigotry and hatred of ‘fundamentalism in religion’ that is hiding very near the surface, sometimes, darkly cloaked by many disguises and that is ‘routed deeply’ in the normal (secretive) everyday activities in our Schools. UK. Especially, as some of the worst extremes can be found in the Private Educational Sector that consists of Faith Schools and Church Schools. I can’t say that this is on a par (using ‘discernment’: a favourite term of the Churches and misused) with the sexual abuses of children, but I would of thought, it does come a fairly close second; as it does effect the stability and nucleus of the multicultural and multiracial family in today’s globally advanced family structure of ‘interfaith’ and in the unity of the relationships – particularly, when this is ‘banded about’ (Canon Law or Ecumenical Law) so strongly by the Roman Catholic Church!
For all their comfort and good works, they set the most extraordinarily bad example to our children who are attempting to live in a fully globalised, hopefully: ‘free world’ of (complete) toleration and with some sort of equanimity (happy and kindness) of natural nature! Maybe our social ills and illnesses (especially – in the young, as far as any trust is concerned and beyond) that can be ‘put down’ (in writing) by the many people who would agree: to the Churches appalling involvement in Education (or other ‘forms of social life’) UK.
‘Sneaky’ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/alice_miles/article1826519.ece "If you stop to think about it even for a minute, it is extraordinary that we allow publicly funded schools to exclude children simply on the basis of an accident of birth. How many four-year-olds even know if they are Christian? The reason for the lack of public outrage is because the system so strongly favours the aspirational and manipulative middle and professional classes who are the ones who would normally be making the most noise".
Religious Education is an abuse of human rights http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1749195.ece
The British Humanist Association, in its press release on the matter, said “The best situation would be the replacement of the law requiring religious worship with a law requiring inclusive assemblies that would be suitable for all children.” But Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said: “All-inclusive’ assemblies will mean even more religion in schools as each faith seeks to have its share of school time. The only equitable answer is to seek the phasing out religious involvement in schools, not invite even more.”
What A Costly Mess!
A traditionalist Anglican has said he will continue with a campaign for the Church of England to work explicitly to convert Muslims to Christianity. (You can only be redeemed or have salvation and go to Heaven, if you believe – and more – in Jesus)
A new £12.5m fund is to be launched by the government in an attempt ‘to tackle radicalisation in the Muslim community’. How about the Christian Community and the Church Schools, Faith Schools, and Private Schools – who are mostly all ‘totally radicalised’ – NOW! This is where it starts!!!