This from a piece I wrote yesterday for the ourKingdom conversation on the future of the United Kingdom, a project of the excellent OpenDemocracy (with thanks to Anthony Barnett).
Like Polly Toynbee, I would be delighted to see the government re-think its policy on faith schools – and specifically the iniquity of selection on grounds of religion (or the lack of it).
But while I wish Polly well in her search for a secularist and humanist equivalent of “Hallelujah!” it’s worth pointing out that critics of faith schools are not just to be numbered from those who have problems with religion more generally. We will not get rid of selection by faith without support from the faiths, and there is plenty of it. Anglican chaplains, Jewish rabbis, [the] Christian think-tank Ekklesia – we are all part of the huge public concern for fair access to schooling, irrespective of belief. Read the rest of the article, and responses, here.