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Secular case overstated

Peter Wilby is clearly overstating his case for secularism to tighten its grip on state schools (TES, September 9 ) when he presumes to know that the innermost thoughts even of communicants are usually far from God.

Although secular opinion has led social change, many looking at the current state of society compared with 50 years ago would question whether that change has been for the better, and many Muslims reject what they see as our decadent society.

There is an urgent need for a calmer and more measured debate on the place of religion in state schools.

Revd John Brown 3 Manor Way Middleton-on-Sea West Sussex

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