Letters extra: Religious neutrality is really atheism

23rd March 2001 at 00:00

Your correspondent Alan Powell (March 16) complains that his son's non-denominational state school does not tell pupils "that they must believe in a god, but they are not told that there is an alternative".

I strongly suspect the entire curriculum tells them that there is no god and, unless the school is devoid of values, that there are personal and social forms of conduct based on that belief.

I would be happy for this atheistic belief and its behavioural entailment to be made explicit. Let's have explanation instead of the present tacit indoctrination in atheism that passes for religious neutrality.

Many Christians would approve of clear teaching on secularism, with the expectation that it would have the same counterproductive results as are sometimes seen emerging from RE.

Richard Wilkins
General secretary, Association of Christian Teachers

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