UK Faith Schools Petition
A few days ago, I received this email from the Brights Movement.
A previous UK BrightenOp (November 22) drew attention to a faith schools petition at the official Downing Street website. However there is a second very similar petition at the site, and for whatever reason this second petition has accrued a higher number of signatures.
This petition also has its own website: http://www.banfaithschools.org.uk
The current volume of signatories stands at 12,809, making it the fifteenth most popular petition at the site. For those who do endorse the petition, this would be great news… if a pro-faith schools petition (with 16,715 signatories) wasn’t the eleventh most popular petition at the site!
You may also wish to inform others (brights or supers) likely to endorse the sentiment.
Co-director Paul Geisert
Richard Dawkins drew attention to UK Faith Schools in The God Delusion. It is part of an initiative by our Christian Prime Minister Tony Blair to channel millions of pounds of tax payers money into schools that teach creationism (as an officially Christian state, this is not illegal in Britain). This is unacceptable, and as a British tax payer I am outraged. I don’t mind paying my taxes. What I do mind is what they are spent on, and I am sickened at the thought of my hard earned money funding the teaching of pseudo-scientific myth as fact, to indoctrinate innocent children.
I am astounded, at a time when Britain’s religious beliefs are supposed to be waning, that a pro-faith schools petition is gaining more support. I have signed the anti-faith schools petition, and I strongly urge all my British readers to do the same. (Unfortunately only British citizens are allowed to sign, wrongly in my opinion. I don’t see why anyone should be deprived the right to register their objection on a point of principle. Having said that, I dread to think of the number of American intelligent design advocates who would love to sign the pro-faith schools petition if given the chance.) I also appeal to all atheist bloggers to make their British readers aware of this petition, and to echo the importance of its cause.
This is not a referendum, but the result of what is effectively an opinion poll on the faith schools is hugely significant. Please spread the word.