Page 5, 21st March 1969

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Page 5, 21st March 1969 — Humanists reply

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People: Michael Lines
Locations: London


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Humanists reply

SINCE you quote Cardinal Heenan as saying that "the Humanists are battling with growing success to convince the public that religion should he banished from state schools," will you allow me to correct this statement?

Humanists are not philistines; they want children to know about the Christian religion and other religions and ways of life which are part of our cultural heritage. They therefore want the state schools to work out new ways of teaching about these subjects, and they think that the compulsion to teach "agreed syllabuses" which the 1944 Education Act laid on these schools stands in the way of an honest development desired by many teachers.

Many Christians, as well as Jews and humanists, are concerned about the falsification and pretence that the present compulsion entails, and are working together in the Campaign for Moral Education to provide a better basis for both moral and religious education.

The British Humanist Association has repeatedly made it plain in publications and in the Press that it does not wish to dismiss religion from the schools; is it too much to hope that ?Ms-statements about our intentions should now cease?

Michael Lines, General Secretary British Humanist Association, London, W.8,

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