The future of faith schools: a continuing story

Feb 21, 2015 by

By Gill Robins, Patheos: I blogged recently about the future of our faith schools and the likelihood that they will remain as faith schools, but not as we know them. Today comes a new challenge to their existence, this time from the European Commission, after complaints from the British Humanist Association (BHA). The plan has been long in the making – the BHA tried to provoke an investigation last year, which was placed on hold after the Commission ruled that no evidence had been provided of...

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Black majority churches and Islam are Britain’s ‘religious future’, says expert

Feb 14, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: A Professor from the University of Essex has predicted that the strongest areas of religious growth in Britain will be Islam and “black-majority” churches. ‘Black and brown’ David Voas (…), a sociologist of religion, observed that “Muslims already contribute 10 per cent of British births; within several decades people of Muslim heritage will form 10 per cent of the population, even if immigration came to an abrupt halt tomorrow.” “If even half are observant, they...

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‘Faith schools have wider interests of children at heart’

Feb 10, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: The Chief Education Officer for the Church of England (C of E) has defended the principles of faith schools, after schools’ regulator Ofsted hit out at a Sunderland school for its Christian ethos. Nigel Genders stressed that good education involves more than receiving positive feedback from Ofsted. He also highlighted the importance of teaching children about religion in order to prevent extremism. Mr Genders said, “good education is not defined in terms of what...

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We must champion the freedom to change one’s beliefs about religion

Feb 8, 2015 by

By Lady Berridge, Conservative Home: One of the most profound changes I have seen in Britain since I became chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief is the surge in news stories that deal with religiously motivated oppression or violence, both here and across the world. When I took on the role in 2012, people would look at me in a slightly puzzled way when I explained that I would be devoting a considerable chunk of my time in the House of...

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Stephen Fry’s mockery of religion could land him the death penalty in these countries

Feb 5, 2015 by

By Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post: “Suppose it’s all true,” began a question to Stephen Fry on Irish television, “and you walk up to the pearly gates and you are confronted by God. What will Stephen Fry say to Him, Her or It?” Fry, a beloved actor and comedian in Britain, began his reply like this: “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you.” Fry is also a humanist. He continued: “How dare you create a world in which there...

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Nicky Morgan’s Trojan Horse curriculum ‘could lead to collapse of Religious studies’

Feb 1, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: A new school curriculum ordered by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan after the Trojan Horse scandal could lead to a plunge in the numbers of pupils taking Religious Studies, a leading headmistress has warned. Fiona Boulton, head of Guildford High School in Surrey, one of the UK’s most academically successful schools, said there was increasing “distress” among teachers about the new GCSE course which could dramatically reduce the opportunity for pupils to engage...

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