12th March 2011

“I think that no secularist has any particular objection to faith schools per se, but rather to being forced to pay for them out of taxes. If the religious want to set up their own schools and pay for them, I see no reason to object. It is the privileging of religion at the expense of other people's taxes that I find objectionable.”


5 Responses to “12th March 2011”

  1. CaptainZero Says:

    And this is specifically why “school vouchers” are such a dog whistle for both sides. Give me an iron clad guarantee that these vouchers, a.k.a. my tax money, cannot be used to teach defenseless minds that the earth is 6000 years old by a dress wearing pedophile and you’ll find me more receptive to the idea. But you’ll never get that guarantee because what this is really about is the long cherished dream of the religiously deluded to get state sponsorship for their delusions.

  2. GreatEighthSin Says:

    The last statement is very true. Even with churches getting away completely tax free with them donating very little to even their own congregation, it’s still a burden on the community, and even on the whole economic system. Even out here in liberal Washington state, we have very, very few churches that actually pull from their pockets. Otherwise, the pastors all drive nicer cars than their whole congregation (unless they’re driving a beater to church, and a Ferrari behind their backs like the cult here).

    Thankfully, as far as I’m aware of, we don’t have tax funded religious schools in the US. A person can get financial help for college (BYU), but by then, the indoctrination is obvious since they are already in their adulthood and making religious choices. But any country that does have them, I feel sorry for the millions of tax dollars that get pocketed by the parish behind everyone’s backs.

  3. holysmokes Says:

    Actually I do have an objection to religious schools regardless of who is paying for them. Forcing religion down the throats of children should be severely frowned upon. I will change my opinion, should actual evidence for a god ever be presented. Meanwhile, let’s stop the child abuse.

  4. Talnoy Says:

    I disagree with this one.

    Faith schools shouldn’t exist in my opinion. They are around to indoctrinate and not educate. I think that vulnerable children should at LEAST get to age 18 before choosing religious affiliation.

  5. Atheist MC Says:

    Yes, I’m against faith schools on principle however they are funded. Unfortunately the current government in the U.K is planning to increase the number of faith schools via their new “free school”program in which interested parties can get tax funding to found their own schools. I am actively campaigning by email with my M.P to point out the folly of that.
    We have a national census happening at the moment and the British Humanist Association is encouraging people who only carry around a cultural or notional faith to tick the “No Religion” box for the religious affiliation question, as they are sure via other polls that the majority of people in the U.K are not religious as opposed to the 70% suggested by the last census ten years ago.