Challenging Religious Faith
Wonderful site. I finally registered. An ex muslim atheist here.
Some advice please:
My daughter (9 yrs old) attends a C of E “controlled” school (sadly, best in the area, by some distance). There have been various issues in the past that I have complained about (tickets for school plays ALWAYS donated to church, without any consultation), but have learnt to live with it. Today, they moved to a new level.
1) A local ‘pastor’ came to deliver the school assembly, and gave a demonstration in which he had two paper cups, one of which he soaked in holy water, one dry, then proceeded to set fire to the dry one, stating that this is what happenes to those that don’t believe in God (stated they will burn in hell). I called the school immediately upon hearing, and the administrator informed me that “you had to see the assembly in context..” and that “many of the children found it to be very funny (!?)”.
2) Child (not mine) was punished for not praying in assembly.
3) Priests from a local evangelical church attended to perform mock ‘baptisms’ for the children during an assembly
Please could you advise as to what steps I can take to try to deal with this? Are there options for reporting this? I have read up, and I understand that while schools are free to discuss and pray in assemblies, they are not free to prosthelytise, or be evangelical (irrespective of their status).
Thanks very much!
Yes, but you need to make a path of evidence. First of all i would write to the school expressing displeasure that this methodology is practiced, regardless of the schools faith denomination, such things are dismissive of any other or no faith.
Even the pope has spoken against such things, recall the Mohammed cartoons that caused murderous Islamic radicals to attack people?
The Pope rather than denounce radical Islam spoke against offending faith.
Perhaps research that a bit, there were numerous religious leaders who did this, and other examples than this.
Second and simultaneously, contact school governors. And request details of fund raising by the school and where it goes and request a detail of any state funds and spending. Point out the displeasure that there is no choice of where funding goes.
If you have no suitable response, contact ofsted and your local MP. I am not an expert but will happily dedicate time to looking into the issue for you if you require extra help if they maintain or worsen this approach.
You’re email link appears not to work. Setting up a DD led to a page “That can’t be found”!!?? Tried again – same outcome. Now I have discovered that TWO Direct Debits have been set up! Please sort this mess out.
Graham, Our treasurer advised you yesterday by email:
I have cancelled the 2 GoCardless Direct Debits. see attached screenshot of the cancelled Direct Debits.
Money has not been taken and will not be taken from your account
In case you want to try to buy 1 tickets again the link is here:
Otherwise you should be able to buy the ticket on the door
Thanks for your understanding and sorry for the inconvenience
AUK Treasurer and Membership Secretary
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