Fundamentalism (far right wing) Religion – Racism – neophobia (fear of the new) is stronger in most humans http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8258011.stm
‘Additional to the animal urges of survival and copulation, there is curiosity and fear of the new, both inherited from our primate ancestors. In humans they are called neophilia (love of the new) and neophobia (fear of the new). The evidence is that neophobia is the stronger urge in humans and their cousins the apes.’ Fear http://www.berkeleydaily.org/issue/2009-11-19/article/34116?headline=What-Shall-We-Tell-the-Children– http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
Not a pretty picture and getting worse? http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jan/04/11-plus-ireland-abolition ‘Give me the child and I will show you the (medievalist) adult’. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8262667.stm
Top officials quit equality quango http://www.christian.org.uk/news/top-officials-quit-equality-quango/
British Humanist Association e-bulletin
21st September 2009
The not so dodgy dossier
The BHA has been campaigning against faith schools for a long time, and yet those in favour of dividing children by religion continue to trot out the same ropey arguments for the status quo. What’s worse, all too often they are they are successful in persuading politicians that the whole question of religion in schools is too hot to handle.
That’s why we’ve been thrilled this week to see a digest of independent evidence that shows the consequences of faith schools for society. The document has been produced by Accord — the coalition for inclusive schools co-founded by the BHA — and brings together research by academics, think-tanks and the government.
So, when someone next suggests to you that the current system is popular with parents, you can tell them that 57% of people think that religious admissions undermine community cohesion, and even more want balanced RE which includes non-religious perspectives. And when they ask how a faith school could possibly get a wealthier intake than a neighbouring community schools, you will have the statistics showing that church school intakes definitely are disproportionately middle class. With some schools requiring regular attendance for several years to get a place, it’s little wonder that that some schools are off limits to all but the most religious or determined parents.
Ref, DENOMINATIONAL/RELIGIOUS/FAITH REASONS
Are you involved with the life and worship of a church?
YES/NO (please circle)
YES, please provide details of your vicar/priest/minister/leader:
Name of Church attended ______________________________________________________________________________
Has your child been baptised/ christened?
YES/NO (please circle)
You must attach a letter from your vicar/priest/minister/leader confirming how often you and your child attend church and
for how long you have been members of the church.
You must check the relevant Admissions Policy for information on the requirements of each school. If this information is not received
or endorsed, or is insufficient, your application will not be considered under this criteria, but will be considered under the next
appropriate criteria. Ref, http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media/pdf/f/o/Transfer_Junior_or_Middle_School_-_September_2010.pdf
(Setting a bad example to children and the vulnerable, by the ‘generous benefactors’, whose aims, may be, somewhat – far removed, from any type of unconditional and loving cause) Ref, ‘Power of the Guardians’ “Never has so much power been in the hands of so few” Prof Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize)
Barmy Britain through the Looking Glass
‘how an obsessive adherence to certain laws ‘flies in the face of common sense”. Ref, Creationism, or ‘fundamental religiosity’ in our Schools – “An impertinent insolence that flies in the face of the Divine”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/philipjohnston/6238090/Barmy-Britain-through-the-looking-glass.html Ref, ‘The Infantile Situation’ GB, UK, Geza Roheim.
What defines your religion?
|“Is being a Jew a matter of bloodline or religious practice? The UK’s new Supreme Court is debating the subject this week, in a case that could have a wider impact on faith schools, says Tim Whewell.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8325901.stm
“One child’s battle to get a place at a state Jewish school has led to a landmark court ruling with major implications for other faith schools, the role of the state and the very definition of religion. As the case goes to the new UK Supreme Court, Tim Whewell examines why it has aroused such strong feelings both inside and outside the Jewish community.” BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nf01w