Commenting on the proposal in a recent More4 television documentary that Religious Education should be a National Curriculum subject, Simon Barrow, co-director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, said:
"Good teaching about the variety of beliefs that shape our world, religious and non-religious, is vital in our schools, and all pupils should have access to a wide and informative curriculum in this area, not one limited to the horizons of the school's sponsors, whoever they may be.
"Whatever you think of the presenter of the programme, Richard Dawkins -- and we are critical of many of his more extreme and superficial views abut religion -- the points raised in this week's More4 television documentary on faith schools remain important. All schools funded by the taxpayer should be building bridges not erecting barriers.
"In the area of science teaching, more evidence of the application of anti-evolutionary creationist ideology, which is theologically as well as scientifically untenable, is a matter of serious concern, and something educationists will want to act on."