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Cestriana's Avatar Jump to comment 29 by Cestriana

While I abhor the very idea of faith schools and the CoE running schools, I'm not entirely convinced that this initiative is going to have the desired effect of getting more young backsides in pews. We've had centuries of Anglicanism in the UK, but these days the churches are half empty and a lot of kids just aren't interested because they've got better things to do - at least, that's how it is in my neck of the woods. What does bother me, though, is the potential for increased political power emanating from this kind of crafty manoeuvre. The last thing I want is for the bishops in the House of Lords to be calling more shots.

Last year I wrote to my (Tory) MP to register my concern about faith promotion in new academies and free schools, citing Northern Ireland as a prime example of how religious sectarian can cause such terrible division. His stock reply was predictable: 'The government believes that parents should have a choice.'

Nobody asks the kids if they would like a choice, though, do they?

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:25:51 UTC | #905557