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Why we must keep the faith

With support for scrapping publicly funded religious schools on the rise, Kevin Rooney – an atheist – champions the virtues of a faith-based education and argues that such a move would be at odds with the idea of a tolerant society

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Here’s a question for you. Are faith schools in Britain a sign of a tolerant or intolerant society? I ask because, recently, I seem to be having more and more arguments with my students and fellow teachers who believe the latter.

These debates have been prompted by growing opposition to religious schools in the UK. A campaign by the Humanist Society has attracted significant political support, including the national teaching unions and celebrities such as historian Dan Snow and soap star turned Labour politician Michael Cashman. Campaigners have also been buoyed by opinion polls showing ...

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