Religion has no place in the education system, says UK gay journalist

Religion has no place in the education system, says UK gay journalist June 2, 2019

THE law in England and Wales requires religious education to focus on Christianity. There must also be a daily act of collective worship.

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But the editor-in-chief of Attitude, a leading UK magazine, Kletus Cliff Joannou, above, insists that studying religion should be consigned to “extra-curricular lessons” and faith schools are an “outdated concept.”

According to the Christian Institute, Joannou went on to complain that new Relationships Education would not compel LGBT teaching on primary schools.

His comments came as a former Stonewall executive claimed the Government was not doing enough to pressure schools into teaching about LGBT issues.

Joannou said:

Let’s be clear about one thing: religion has no place in the education system.

Instead religious studies should be given as “extra-curricular lessons” and not form  the foundation of schools.

He also claimed that expressing the belief that same-sex marriage is wrong “fuels prejudice”.

Commenting separately, Stonewall’s former Head of Education Luke Tryl criticised the Government for its handling of parents’ concerns on LGBT issues.

The government needs to step up and make clear that LGBT equality is non-negotiable.

In May it emerged the Government had revised draft schools guidance which had effectively banned disagreement with same-sex marriage.

The guidance, for independent schools across England, was challenged by The Christian Institute in 2018. It now allows schools to “facilitate debate” and offers a specific protection for faith schools to teach that “marriage is only between a man and a woman.”

Institute Director Colin Hart welcomed the Government’s U-turn.

These are important gains – it means there is room to debate same-sex marriage in schools. It is still possible the guidance could be misused. But we believe this is less likely with the changes that have been made.

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  • Steven Watson

    It would be a lot simpler if we lived in a secular state but we don’t; so you’ll just have to make the best of it. The damned thing is perhaps unravelling too quickly for the good as it is.

  • Sau Peih

    Get rid of all faith schools, and any religious education in the UK school system should include ALL aspects of ALL religions. They learn about flying donkeys, magic underwear, Xenu and volcanoes, Thor and his lighting bolts, Huitzilopochtli and his desire for still-beating hearts, Zeus and his “games”, child-raping priests, the riches of churches, etc.

    Educate the young about the insanity of religion and the world will be better for it.

  • Michael Neville

    These are important gains – it means there is room to debate same-sex marriage in schools.

    It means the Christian Institute can still push their bigotry.

  • Kit Hadley-Day

    teaching all regions as part of history or to help understand current events is fine, but ‘RE’ has always been cover to push an agenda and collective worship is just a waste of time.

  • rubaxter

    Considering the wealth and riches the UK has plundered about the World was pretty much the basis for it’s wealth, I’d think worshiping would be changed to GUNS, GERMS and STEEL, or there would at least some lip service paid to the religions of the indigenous peoples they raped along the way?

    Where is your Gawd NOW, Queenie??

  • rubaxter


    Next you’ll be dissing Armistice Day, when the kingdom stops to honor all the fallen who fought to keep India British!

  • rubaxter

    The mistake is thinking it was Gawd who made the British Empire.

    Neither Wellington’s despicables nor Nelson’s tars were really that religious, especially without compulsion.

    This is merely a way of trying to making the Royal Family look like somming other than the Goofy Disney World Talking Heads they are.

  • Jimmy

    Interesting how militant homosexuals have absolutely no problem expelling religion from education but bark if homosexuals are removed from religious educational institutions.
    They honestly believe they’ve beaten religion, but secularists have thought so many, many times in history only to see religious fervour come back with even stronger zeal.
    Hang tight…we already know how the story ends.