In the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ allegations of Islamic brainwashing in some Birmingham and Bradford schools, it is being suggested that ‘religious education’ (an oxymoronic concept in my opinion !) should be segregated. This is dangerous nonsense ! Northern Ireland is just one example of the harm this can do –superstition, sectarianism and bigotry passed from generation to generation. Britain should follow the enlightened French model, where education is, as it should be, entirely secular.
What next ? Separate assemblies for teenagers who still believe in Santa Claus ? Scientology for toddlers ? Give me a break….