Sunday, 24 April 2011

And the first shall be last?

So the Church of England has taken a good, hard, look at its schools, and decided that the problem with them is that too many of the children attending them go to church on Sunday.

You couldn't make it up.

Assuming that this policy is successful, and that it encourages more poor children into the local school, and ten of those families are inspired to start attending the Eucharist as a result, would that mean one of those children has to lose its school place?

If so, how will they decide?  Will the child of the most enthusiastic family be thrown out?  Or will they just turn on the most traditionalist until they decide to go elsewhere?


  1. The Church of England seems to be quite keen on suicide. It's own, that is...

  2. The suggestion is terribly confused. It presumes that the Church has some kind of right/obligation to educate English children.

    The logic of faith schools is different (in Catholicism at any rate). For us, the primary educators of children are not the state or the Church, but the children's parents. As it is a basic human right of parents to bring up their children within their own religion or philosophy, religious parents naturally feel a responsibility to bring up their children in their own religion.

    The consequence of this is that children have the human right to be brought up within their parents' faith or philosophy. Faith schools exist to protect this basic human right. Sacrificing this basic human right in this way is exactly the kind of confused thinking you get from the poor old CofE.

    The result is that children of faith and non-faith backgrounds lose their right to be brought up in their parents' philosophy/religion. It's so confused!

    A better question to ask would be why it is that secular schools aren't as good/popular. Don't punish religious people for the failures of non-religious people.