"Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas—no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.
New Bill calls for UN Convention on Rights of the Child to be made part of UK law.
"The BHA has welcomed the introduction of Baroness Walmsley’s ‘Children’s Rights Bill’ into the House of Lords. If passed, the Bill would make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child part of UK law. Twenty years ago the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UK ratified the Convention in 1991 making it legally binding on the UK Government. Bringing the Convention into UK national law would mean that the Government would have to act in the best interests of the child in all policy and practice and new laws would be ‘children’s rights’ proofed."
Andrew Copson, BHA Director of Education and Public Affairs, said, ‘The support we have received so far for these new posters has been overwhelming. Since we launched the billboards on Wednesday, not only have the public donated thousands to help our campaign to phase out state funded “faith schools”, there has been huge support in other ways such as through social networking sites and from well-known people advocating the core message that children should not be labelled with any ideology or religion but should be free to grow up and choose what they believe for themselves.’ Find out how you can support and promote the “Don’t Label Me” billboard campaign.
For every Religious Education Class ‘Aggressive Atheism’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjO4duhMRZk&feature=player_embedded
In a report this week the London School of Economics will say that faith schools create a "more socially fragmented system". http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/fivelivebreakfast/2009/04/do_you_believe_in_faith_school.html
Jacob Bronowski The Complete Series. ‘The Long Childhood’.