Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Swings & Roundabouts

There is some good and bad news on the religious front today.

In the Netherlands some very brave ex-muslims are coming out demanding that their right to reject or change the religion of their birth be respected. The Times of London has the details 'Young Muslims begin dangerous fight for the right to abandon faith'

The initiative doesn't quiet have the '95 Thesis' feel to it, but its a start.

On the bad side the Labour government in Britain continues to support "faith based" schools. A.C. Grayling of the Guardian gives an excellent assessment of the absurdity of the situation including this brilliant opening line;

So the schools secretary, Ed Balls, and faith group leaders have formed a partnership endorsing faith schools as a force to improve social cohesion in England. This gasp-inducing statement is on a par with "let us build and run more nuclear power stations Chernobyl fashion - oh, and let's put them in city centres".

Go read...