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Tired rhetoric

From Mr Simon Barrow, co-director of Ekklesia SIR— The headline on your report (September 5) about responses to the inclusive schooling group Accord ("New coalition aims to abolish religious schools") is plain wrong. Accord. of which I am a steering committee member, seeks to move away from the tired proand antirhetoric, to recognise that religious foundation schools can be encouraged to set a positive example, and to seek reform to ensure that all Britain's publicly funded schools are open to all.

Non-discrimination is not a threat to Christian values, but an essential part of them. Incidentally, F.kklesia is not a "liberal" think tank, but one which draws energy and input from across the Christian spectrum. Let's have a lively debate, by all means. But can we please remember that our Scriptures and Catechism encourage us not to bear false witness against each other when doing so?

Yours faithfully, SIMON BARROW London EC1

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