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Newsline 7 October 2016

It's a familiar story – a new poll has (again) shown a steep rise in the non-religious in recent years, and a decline in those who identify as Christian.

Why then, do successive governments persist in behaving as though the UK is a 'Christian country'?

At the Conservative Party Conference this week Theresa May repeated her promise for "more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them". What about those who don't want them, but find their choice of schools limited because of the prevalence of 'faith' schools in their local area? What about those, like us, who think the taxpayer shouldn't be funding religion but that every citizen, including young people, should have the freedom to choose their beliefs for themselves?

Society has changed. The NSS is working tirelessly to make the Government see that. More faith schools will be needlessly divisive – at a time when we should strain every sinew to build a more integrated society.

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NSS quoted on why there should be no more Muslim faith schools

NSS quoted on why there should be no more Muslim faith schools

We're quoted by the BBC on why opening up more Muslim faith schools will be divisive - risking further harm to integration by fuelling religious and ethnic segregation. Our campaigns director Stephen Evans told the BBC, "Schools paid for out of public money should be inclusive schools where all children are educated together, irrespective of their faith backgrounds."

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