Thge UK government has a petitions sheme where official petitions which garner enough signatures must be debated in Parliament. A couple of recent ones have caught my attention, and I would like for as many people to sign them as possible. The first concerns Bishops in the House of Lords:
With the publication of the Church of England’s intention to sanction the US Episcopal Church over the latter’s sympathetic stance towards equal marriage, the C of E is quite out of step with UK Law and indeed common humanity. Thus we feel strongly these bishops have no place in our government.
The detail of the C of E’s new action is set out in the Guardian here:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/14/anglican-church-sanctions-against-liberal-us-church-same-sex-marriage?CMP=share_btn_fb
The rights of the C of E’s bishops to sit in the House of Lords is set out here: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/the-church-in-parliament/bishops-in-the-house-of-lords.aspx
UK Law on discrimination is set out here:https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights/types-of-discrimination
The second one concerns faith schools. Almost 40% of UK schools are faith schools. This is utterly different to the US where there is a strict separation of church and state. In the UK, those lines (as you can see from the petition regarding our decision-making democratic process) are blurred.
End the scandal of the state-sponsored indoctrination of children into religions. No child should be taught ‘faith’ as fact. All schools should be secular, meaning that they should be free from religious influence. Children should be educated to think for themselves on matters of belief and religion.
At 10,000 signatures…
At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition
At 100,000 signatures…
At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament