The debate over the Government's proposal to raise a cap on faith-based admissions in faith schools was one of the most divisive of the year. Stephen Evans
said the plans should be abandoned - and religious groups' role in education rolled back.
UNESCO says gender equality is one of its top priorities. But in October Megan Manson said it was protecting misogynistic attitudes by awarding World
Heritage Status to religious sites that practise sexual discrimination.
In November a new civil service appointment was announced. Chris Sloggett said insistently bringing religion into the workplace would only serve to promote
it and encourage an assertive form of selfishness at public expense.
As the year drew towards an end we gave our backing to feminist campaigners from Muslim backgrounds who were concerned about veiling in schools. In this
sobering read, Yasmin Rehman explained how religious fanatics were making sinister efforts to silence her.
In December violent threats from Hindu fundamentalists indefinitely delayed the release of a film in the UK. Chris Sloggett said the response should be to
insist consistently that religion is a private affair.
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