Search

Spiritual life: Dangers of religious segregation

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2018

Archant

Bigotry should be nipped in the bud wherever it raises its ugly head.

Headlines have been dominated by Labour’s alleged failure to do enough to tackle anti-Semitism.

But we should also be debating the dangers posed by Theresa May’s plan to increase religious segregation in schools, first announced in 2016.

The plan will allow schools funded by tax payers to refuse to teach any child if their parent is not of the right religion. Imagine if a GP refused to treat a patient on this basis!

It will remove the current requirement that at least half of a faith school’s intake is chosen without reference to religious belief.

There is overwhelming evidence that religious selection in schools promotes racial division and segregation in our communities.

The troubles in Northern Ireland show where this can lead.

To her credit Justine Greening, the then Secretary of State, was persuaded by argument from Humanists UK and others to abandon the plan. However, she was forced to quit the government in January.

Her replacement Damian Hinds, like Mrs May, makes no secret of his strong religious convictions. Following intense lobbying by Catholic leaders he has reinstated the plan.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has also welcomed the move.

A 2017 Populus survey showed 80 per cent opposed religious selection, including 67pc of Catholic and almost half of Jewish respondents.

Anyone wanting to build a tolerant cohesive community should oppose this divisive plan, whatever their religion, belief or political allegiance.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

A piece from our Kick-Off pullout last week, which looks ahead to Woodford’s Town season

Yesterday, 16:00

A round-up of matches involving teams from Ilford Catholic CC

Yesterday, 17:00

The results from the NHS GP Patient Survey have revealed what the best and worst surgeries in Redbridge are.

Yesterday, 15:43

Dagenham & Redbridge have announced the signing of forward Noel Leighton after his release from Championship side Millwall.

Yesterday, 14:00

A piece from our recent Kick-Off pullout, where 19-year-old Josh Koroma discusses the influence of the Orient manager

Yesterday, 13:00

A round-up of the latest matches involving Oakfield Parkonians CC teams

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now