Sunday, September 23, 2007

Whitehall vetoes first ‘secular school’

A headteacher who tried to eliminate religion altogether from state education by creating the UK’s first ‘secular school’ has been told by Whitehall mandarins that it would be a 'political impossibility'. It is easy to forget, amidst the arguments for and against faith schools of every hue, that the Christian faith is embedded by law in all state schools. There is not only a requirement to teach Religious Education, but pupils must also take part in a daily act of worship of a ‘broadly Christian’ nature.

Since the 1944 Education Act, there has been a statutory obligation upon all maintained schools to provide a daily act of collective worship for all registered pupils, unless they have been withdrawn by their parents. This was reinforced by the Conservative Party – during those years when the Church of England was deemed to be the Conservative Party at prayer - in the Education Act 1988, which followed concerns that this worship in many schools was becoming a secular ceremony, mainly concerned with immanent humanitarian concerns rather than the transcendent and spiritual, and that Religious Education had become a confusing multi-faith amalgam.

Despite the substantial and evident changes which have occurred in the religious make-up of the UK since 1944, the 1988 Act reiterated that schools are required to hold a daily act of collective worship, and specified that this has to be of a ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ which should ‘reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief’. According to government guidelines, worship is deemed to be of a broadly Christian character ‘if it reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief without being distinctive of any particular Christian denomination’. However, if this is inappropriate for some or all pupils, the head teacher can apply to the Local Education Authority for a determination to have this requirement lifted, as Dr Paul Kelley has sought to do. But he was told that ‘bishops in the House of Lords and ministers would block the plans’ because religion was 'technically embedded' in the education system.

Dr Kelley wishes to reduce religion to ‘moral discussions about religion and world views’, and bemoans the ‘19th-century architecture of education in a 21st-century environment’. In this he is not without reason. Aside from the Established Church, the United Kingdom is Christian nowhere moreso than in its education system. It is a child of the Enlightenment, based on reason and scientific rationalism, whose metanarrative is empiricism which seeks knowledge via the senses and human experience. This is constructed upon a bedrock of the Christian religion, and has served the country well. But Dr Kelley has essentially identified that the era is now postmodern, and that the epistemological relativism of postmodernity challenges all notions of ‘truth’. The notion of even a ‘broadly Christian’ act of collective worship is therefore deemed to be an unacceptable imposition; an offensive attempt to inculcate children with a particular worldview. They should simply be permitted ‘to choose freely’.

His ignorance, of course, is evidence in the undeniable fact that he is simply exchanging one spiritually inductive process for another. If it is wrong, as he asserts, to 'directly or indirectly influence children into a belief that a particular faith is preferable’, then a fortiori must it be wrong to inculcate a lack of faith and spawn generations of irreligious children whose only notion of right and wrong resides in their ‘free choice'.

The country has seen a wide disintegration brought about by the loss of the ‘sacred canopy’ - the overarching framework of shared meanings that once shaped individuals and society. In its place has come pluralism: the idea that society is a neutral arena of private choices where every vision of the good carries its own credentials of authenticity.

In response to Dr Kelley, an unnamed Church of England spokesman says: ‘Either overtly or by default, this country is still a Christian one.' Indeed it is, but it is hanging on by the skin of its teeth. There is a fundamental dichotomy between worship and education. The former assumes belief and involves commitment; the latter scrutinises belief and implies a critical attitude. There is a real and serious question as to whether the two can coexist, and this is a valid debate. But if politicians permit the ‘sacred canopy’ to be eliminated altogether, there will no longer be any right or wrong, good or bad, or fact and opinion – ‘what you believe is true’, and consequences for society will be dire.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Lega Nord said...

Multiculturalism, pluralism, all of these resounding names are nothing but a cover for the appalling and astonishing moral void we, the Europeans, are experiencing.
I'd like to ask Your Eminence how we can bring Jesus Christ back to the hearts of those (many) who either ignore or despise Him. If we don't hurry up, the Great Blasphemy (aka Islam) will fill this void.
Greetings,
BEHEAD THOSE WHO OFFEND CHRISTIANITY

23 September 2007 at 15:40  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

The country has seen a wide disintegration brought about by the loss of the ‘sacred canopy’ - the overarching framework of shared meanings that once shaped individuals and society. In its place has come pluralism: the idea that society is a neutral arena of private choices where every vision of the good carries its own credentials of authenticity.

The alternative would have been telling ethnic incomers to shape up or ship out -- and that, abomination of abominations, would have been... RACISM! And racism led (all kneel) to the HOLOCAUST, the worstest thing in the world EVER. We have been lied to for nearly 60 years about the blessings of mass immigration and 'diversity', with a certain paranoid ethnic minority leading the propaganda chorus and overseeing the anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-male legislation. We have those hostile aliens and their bought traitors in every branch of government, law and media and until they're gone there is no hope of recovery.

23 September 2007 at 17:42  
Blogger Dean McConnell said...

As is usually the case your grace is quite right. I hope and pray that Christianity remains part of education and daily worshop for all students in the UK.

One additional concern would be making that exposure to Christianity effective. I heard a speaker say once that exposure to a weak or dead version of Christianity sometimes acted as an innoculation that seemed to keep the exposed person from catching the real thing. But overall, I think that students need as much exposure to truth as possible. Perhapse God, in his soveriegnty will fan into flame what little spark remains.

23 September 2007 at 18:15  
Anonymous Fred said...

His Grace wrote:
... there will no longer be any right or wrong, good or bad, or fact and opinion – ‘what you believe is true’, and consequences for society will be dire.

But surely we are already seeing the dire consequences of the elimination of right, wrong, truth, and falsehood. In many areas of society today, these are unfamiliar concepts.

23 September 2007 at 18:44  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
Are you saying that without religion one cannot have the sacred canopy? Lack of an overarching religion need not invoke pluralism. One can have an objective morality without God.

Granted, this isn't what Dr Kelley is thinking. But if he were, his thoughts might not be so offensive.

28 September 2007 at 23:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christianity is to be phased out by the EU and replaced by the more controlling Islam.

Frankfurt Subversion is a Marxist technique of Subverting a country, in order that it may be made to collapse and then be taken over. Karl Marx was of Russian Jewish Descent.
Frankfurt Subversion It is a strategy largely based on the tactics of divide and conquer.
One of the original aims of Communism was to unify Europe with the USSR, when the Soviet Union was 'brought down, they simply carried on a Multifaceted attack against the West.
Frankfurt subversion attacks a country's Major strengths, Its Major Industries, its industries, its menfolk, its police, its armed services, its religion, creating a spiritual vaccuum, and its family unity, actively promoting unmarried parenting.
The promotion of Feminism, Homosexuality in society ( even in our schools ), the demonisation of the church,repeated accusations of Paedophilia against Clergy, Divisive issues like Women clergy, Homosexual clergy. all to cause divisions within the church ( and Only the Christian Church you will note ) and its followers.
Destroying our Christian Heritage, to be replaced by islam, the smoking ban for example was designed to empty the Pubs, they will now begin to slowly prohibit alcohol altogether.
The nuclear family is attacked by promoting radical feminism, single parents, demonisation of fathers, seperating children from their fathers.
Diluting of National Identity by flooding the country with Mass Immigration enticed by generous housing and welfare Whilst at the same time, Govt Medical advisors suggest Women in Britain should continue taking the Pill because it may ward off Cancer, it doesn't and totally ignoring increased risks of heart related problems.
In addition 1 in 5 Pregnancies in this country end up being aborted.
This is Social Engineering. Encourage the Supression of British birth rates, and flooding the country with Imported Europeans
Who have little or no interest in Britians history, culture, In short, in order to Create the EU Soviet empire, the British ( and European ) Peoples are being replaced, exterminated.
Ask yourself, If we ever needed more People, why not give that generous welfare to British couples to have more children.
Another way in which the Govt undermines our Society is by Prohibiting parents and teachers from disciplining children then later on, promoting 24 hr drinking, relaxing drug laws.
Then deliberately withddrawing the Police off the streets through unecessesary paperwork, and or replacing them with innefectual PCSO's.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/18/npolice18.xml

Later accusing society of ithese failings. lack of law and order no religion then sugesting we should adopt Islamic Principles.
This is called Social Engineering and is already happening in the UK.
FrankFurt Subversion on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Marxism
UNLIMITED MUSLIM PASSAGE TO THE UK and the Europeans FORCED to respect the Religion.
http://balder.org/avisartikler/Open-Letter-To-Danish-Prime-Minister-Anders-Fogh-Rasmussen.php

Europe Sold out for oil
http://www.westernresistance.com/blog/archives/003027.html

Sharia law spreading in the UK.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/29/nsharia29.xml

Dutch and Swedish Ministers admitting Islam is to be the Dominant Culture.
http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1016000

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/07/exit-sweden.html

Pope says 'ATTEMPTS TO ISLAMIFY EUROPE.....CANNOT BE DENIED'.........
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/27/wislam127.xml

http://bp2.blogger.com/_yMdo_4ivrJc/RpC8vF-g23I/AAAAAAAAABs/SjHzzdYirTc/s1600-h/ttonpoboxhhy.jpg

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/1053

three litle pigs
http://hotair.com/archives/2007/03/15/british-school-renames-three-little-pigs-to-avoid-offending-muslims/

FrankFurt Subversion on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Marxism

Psychological suppression using Political Correctness,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_Correctness


Into the fragmented vacuum of our Nations subverted spirituality Sharia Law Is Spreading.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/29/nsharia29.xml

British School Children converted to Islam, making Islamic Affirmations to Allah in school.
http://forum.mpacuk.org/showthread.php?p=398633

Conversion to Islam? Are Muslim children forced to pray to God ( Would Muslims be forced to pray to God )
http://forum.mpacuk.org/showthread.php?p=398633

British Children told in school they Must avert their eyes, ( already telling them they are second class citizens ).
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/education/article1654995.ece

Criminalising British children as young as three yrs of age.
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=44733

Polygamy
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=449221&in_page_id=1770

Genital Mutilation, up to 60,000 a year in the UK
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/medical_notes/241221.stm

Goodbye Sweden
http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2065

GoodBye France, Frances unreported race riots lasted a WHOLE YEAR, on average 112 Cars torched PER DAY.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2004/01/26/do2601.xml

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/989

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/1183

Dutch and Swedish Ministers admitting Islam is to be the Dominant Culture.
http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1016000

http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/07/exit-sweden.html

1 October 2007 at 13:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Big Picture, a Grand Unified Borderless European Superstate.
http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/865

6 October 2007 at 10:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to anonymouse [1]

comments in bold

Christianity is to be phased out by the EU and replaced by the more controlling Islam.

Frankfurt Subversion is a Marxist technique of Subverting a country, in order that it may be made to collapse and then be taken over. Karl Marx was of Russian Jewish Descent. he was German

Frankfurt Subversion It is a strategy largely based on the tactics of divide and conquer.
One of the original aims of Communism was to unify Europe with the USSR, when the Soviet Union was 'brought down, they simply carried on a Multifaceted attack against the West.

Frankfurt subversion attacks a country's Major strengths, Its Major Industries, its industries, its menfolk, its police, its armed services, its religion, creating a spiritual vaccuum, and its family unity, actively promoting unmarried parenting.
The promotion of Feminism, Homosexuality in society ( even in our schools )all anaethema to Islam, why would they promote them? , the demonisation of the church when and by whom?, repeated accusations of Paedophilia against Clergy, by Christians! Divisive issues like Women clergy, Homosexual clergy. all to cause divisions within the church ( and Only the Christian Church you will note ) and its followers. Yes because only christians are bothered about it lolol

Destroying our Christian Heritage, to be replaced by islam, the smoking ban for example was designed to empty the Pubs, they will now begin to slowly prohibit alcohol altogether. who will? Who were the muslims that decided on this?

right, so to promote Islam they are emptying the pubs, (only of smokers who now go in the garden,still drinking, or drinking happily at home) but, promoting children born out of wedlock, homosexuality and feminism, all of which Islam abhors, and how does feminism or homosexuality bring down the christian church or divide the country?

The nuclear family is attacked by promoting radical feminism, single parents, demonisation of fathers, seperating children from their fathers. Who forces a father to leave his kids and how? The nuclear family is the epitome of Islam fgs, Islam promotes marriage and the father is king - der!!

Diluting of National Identity by flooding the country with Mass Immigration enticed by generous housing and welfare Whilst at the same time, Govt Medical advisors suggest Women in Britain should continue taking the Pill because it may ward off Cancer, it doesn't and totally ignoring increased risks of heart related problems. And are the people making these decisions all Muslim??

In addition 1 in 5 Pregnancies in this country end up being aborted. But not usually by Muslim girls

This is Social Engineering. Encourage the Supression of British birth rates, and flooding the country with Imported Europeans
Who have little or no interest in Britians history, culture, In short, in order to Create the EU Soviet empire, the British ( and European ) Peoples are being replaced, exterminated.

Right so its all an atheist communist plot to Islamify Britain?

Ask yourself, If we ever needed more People, why not give that generous welfare to British couples to have more children. Ask the Tory, or labour parties of the last 50 years Another way in which the Govt undermines our Society is by Prohibiting parents and teachers from disciplining children then later on, promoting 24 hr drinking, relaxing drug laws.

Then deliberately withddrawing the Police off the streets through unecessesary paperwork, and or replacing them with innefectual PCSO's.

Right so our govt is being run buy Islamic atheist communists russian germans who want to turn britain into an Islamic country and will do it by forcing us to be alcoholics with 24 hour drinking whilst at the same time emptying the pubs by banning smoking, those who are not alcoholics will be turned into druggies by the relaxing of drug laws, the drug laws that just reclassified cannabis back up to a class b drug.

28 October 2008 at 15:44  

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