A voice for the non-religious in Swindon

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” ― Christopher Hitchens

SACRE and RE in Swindon Schools Update

Hello All!

Nikki and I (Fred) met up with Cllr Dave Wood last week to have a chat about how to start campaigning and making changes to various institutions in our town. One of the topics that came up was the issue of not having a non-believer on the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education in Swindon.

We devised a plan of action- Cllr Dave Wood is going to make a request to consider taking a non-believer into the council. He will also let the Swindon Advertiser know that it will be discussed.

What he would like from us however is a short dossier explaining why we want what we want, who we are, and what it is exactly that we want! This is so that the SACRE members can have a little information from us readily available when discussing the topic. To that end it would be great if everyone with a strong opinion on this matter could chip in either on the comment section here, via the facebook page or twitter so that when compiling this document I’m not just putting my views down!

Looking forward to some fun ideas!

Be well.


One comment on “SACRE and RE in Swindon Schools Update

  1. Toby Robson
    April 11, 2013

    1. Being a non believer doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t want to learn about religion (in fact, it often makes us more interested!) – so the way in which it is taught is of as much relevance to us as anyone else
    2. Non believers now make up a statistically significant and unrepresented section of society which deserves to have their choices regarding faith considered and respected (14.1 million people, around a quarter of the population in England and Wales, reported they have no religion in 2011, according to The National Office of Statistics)
    3. The law states that religious education must be taught to under 16s. To chose not to believe is a legal right – allowing non believers to join with SACRE will help reassure all that religion is taught as theory, culture and history and not as unmitigated ‘fact’ or as a form of biased indoctrination

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