The scrapping of plans to require new faith schools in England to raise intakes from other religions is a sign of an emerging, but undesirable and problematic 'New Deal' between faith groups and government, the think tank Ekklesia has today warned.
The UK Christian think tank Ekklesia and the British Humanist Association have today written to Education Minister Alan Johnson asking him to ensure that their guidelines are explicit in requiring teachers to maintain a wholly scientific perspective on the matter of the origin of species by evolution.
The UK Christian-think tank Ekklesia has said that the latest call from the Church of England and other denominations for more emphasis on legally- enforced ‚Äòcollective worship' in English schools is misplaced.
You cannot make Christian or any other kind of worship mandatory in public institutions, and confusing worship with a collective assembly or with broad spiritual and moral development of school children is a mistake - that has been the response of both religious and non-religious groups to a statement this week from five denominations calling on the government to strengthen daily 'collective worship' in England's publicly-funded schools.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has added its voice to teachers' unions and some Christians warning against the possibility of segregation and sectarianism resulting from the UK government's new Schools White Paper.