In 2001 an ultra religious cabinet headed by a Prime Minister who was exceptionally religious, decided to take action to reverse the tide of growing secularism in the UK and tackle the fear that: without action, and following the current trend, in twenty or so years, the Islamic religion would become the majority religion in the UK ahead of C of E and Catholicism.
The resulting initiative of deliberate miss-information and the supporting policies to accompany the miss-information has the potential to railroad Britain toward religious segregation and sectarianism. The aim of these policies was to create and promote more faith schools. The miss-information was telling the public that faith schools achieve better results than ‘bog standard comprehensive schools’; (a Labour Party press office terminology) #1.
By 2008, the Labour Party had created many more faith schools in the UK with many more on the way. These schools have become popular in a country where over 60% of the population profess no religious belief and 82% believe religion does more harm than good. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/dec/23/religion.topstories3
How did the Labour party achieve this?
Here is how:
In 2001 Labour launched this initiative with the statement that religious faith schools achieve better results and claimed it was because of their religious ethics. This statement was however unfounded: also in 2001 Ian Schagen and Sandie Schagen compiled analysis on ‘faith school pupil performance’ #2. Their analysis was on performance data supplied by DfES. Their conclusions were: The findings offered no clear evidence, and that any difference in performance between faith and non faith schools was too small to be of any use in arriving at a solid conclusion.
Despite this report, the government supplied the media and the public with the claim that faith schools do achieve better results than state run community schools. As intended by the government’s ulterior motive, this lit the blue touch paper; the government then just sat bank and let the public unwittingly do the rest.
The public have a right to indicate a first, second and third choice of school; of course all parents want their child to go to the best school, and the government had just sown the unfounded seed that faith schools are the best performers; therefore, most parents with a faith school in their area put the local faith school down as the first choice and the local community school down as second.
The faith schools were then over subscribed and able to offer their places to gifted children and children from high income families. They had the ability to reject poor performing children and children from low income families. The competing local community school would then be undersubscribed and offering places to students rejected by the local faith school. This is of course a large generalisation and there are always exceptions; but results are based on averages not single specific performances.
So what happens next? In 2006, after five years of indoctrinating the public that faith schools achieve better results and the practice of faith school pupil selection, the GCSE results show faith schools actually do achieve better results than non faith schools. Then, for 2007 and 2008 they can further enhance their status by being even more selective with the new intakes; the mindset in the public has been successfully propagated, “faith schools are better”. Because this miss-information programme has been snowballing now for more than seven years, faith schools are now actually out performing non faith schools.
The public needs to understand that they have been completely conned by the government; the results faith schools enjoy are purely down to the selection and rejection of pupils, not the religious ethos of the school. Their ability to conduct pupil selection was a consequence of the public’s reaction to the government's miss-information back in 2001.
If, back in 2001, the government had stated that community schools achieved better results than faith schools, the end result in 2008 would have been the complete reverse.
Why be concerned?
We should be concerned because this con was perpetrated by the ultra religious Labour party to aid them in their crusade to fill every child’s mind with religious bunkum. The current coalition government, are happy to continue this process.
This can only create one future outcome. Britain will be, twenty years from now, suffering from chronic religious segregation. Britain will run the risk of becoming another Middle East, with each segregated religious group making sure that they receive the same, if not more, privileges that its counter religious groups.
In such a society every person will feel bound by peer pressure and insecurity to attach themselves to one or other of the groups regardless of whether or not they agree with the group’s ethos. This is a natural survival technique; it is called ‘safety in numbers’. When Britain reaches this stage, and it will if we allow our government to sleepwalk us into it, we will return to a time when denouncing belief in God would be dangerous to your well being and the country is once again ruled by the Church. This is not a situation we should consider, and we must act now to do everything possible to resist the slow claw back to omnipotent power of organised religion.
Be fully aware of what life was like in this country as little as 200 years ago when religion ruled supreme.
Take a good hard look at all the countries today where religion still rules, and consider their quality of life to ours.
Do not be fooled into thinking that such a situation could never return to the UK. If we do not wake up to the effects of religious indoctrination we will return to a situation of rule by organised religion. Only a realisation of what is happening, and the implementation of counter action could stop the end result, and the Church already have a good head start.
Act now; reject the temptation to send your child to a faith school because you believe they achieve better results. If this mindset had been abandoned in 2009, the 2013 GCSE results would show the same data set as the 2001 results; that is, there is no difference between faith and non faith education as far as secular subjects are concerned.
Also, reject the pomposity of the pathetic tenets of religion by enacting your right to withdraw your child from all religious content in schools. If a country that is vastly secular in make up did this in unison, the religious issues we experience today would disappear in little more than one generation. Imagine for a moment that in 2050 there were no faith schools and no religious education in state schools because society was no longer interested in religion. what would it matter, and why should this concern the deeply religious people of today; so long as they are allowed to live their life today free to follow their beliefs, it should be of no concern to them whether a child in 2050 is told about what religious people in the 1960’s believed. They will be dead in 2050, nothing that happens will be of concern to them.
I can already here the religious community counter this with why should atheist want a future free of religion and apply the above argument in reverse. My response would be: Christian Inquisition, Malleus Maleficarum (Witch Hunts), The Crusades, The eradication of Gnostic faiths (by the Catholic Church), The English Civil War and Cromwell’s campaign in Ireland, The Slave Trade (yes the Church provided the rationale for the slave trade, ‘allowing the African to be introduced to Jesus’ and the Muslims were capturing and selling the Africans to the Christian states), Northern Ireland, the Middle East, 9/11 and 7/7.
It should be our duty to realise from global history that deep seated religious belief is divisive and dangerous. It should be our duty to future generations to kill off the divisive religious meme (thought virus). However, unlike religions in "Religion V Religion" and "Religion V Atheism", we do not advocate killing it off by force or by coercion; we advocate letting it die a natural death by not indoctrinating children with religious belief.
#1: Faith Schools Consensus or Conflict? Gardner, Cairns & Lawton: 2005
Ch 21: Faith schools: some political issues and an agenda for research; Lawton & Cairnes
#2: Faith Schools Consensus or Conflict? Gardner, Cairns & Lawton: 2005
Ch 18: The impact of faith schools on pupil performance; Schagen & Schagen.