Letters extra: religious education

16th March 2001 at 00:00

Let me be one of many, I hope, to support Richard Dawkins in his opposition to the government's proposed extension of religious schools.

Tony Blair and David Blunkett are not responding to any popular demand, but to pressure from religious bodies, representing only a small proportion of the population.

These minority groups ought to cater for their adherents' needs out of school hours and at their own expense. State education should not favour any particular creed and should be non-religious.

As an atheist, I object to state support for sectarianism.

Colin McCall
Croxley Green
Hertfordshire

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