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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Liberal ? Really ?

Fr Ray has an interesting post today about the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto commitment to ensuring ‘that all faith schools develop an inclusive admissions policy and end unfair discrimination on grounds of faith . . .’ : and his essential point is that it is a strange sort of ‘liberalism’ which denies people the right to teach their children their own religion.

I quite agree with him : but I’m also bewildered because the Lib Dems were enthusiastic supporters of the Human Rights Act 1998 . . . a fact which they seem to have forgotten; or has the fact that it has been law for over a decade allowed them to get so accustomed to it that they have forgotten what it says ?

Just to remind them, Article 2 of The First Protocol to the European Convention of Human Rights, which the Act enshrines in UK Law, says that :

No person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.
(Emphasis added)

Now . . . precisely how do you equate that with what they plan to do ?

1 comment:

  1. But don't you see? The libs. get to redefine everything. "Is" isnt' even "is" any more. This European Convention is a totally artificial construct. It was only designed to give more bureaucrats more expense money, and be accountable to NO ONE.

    If they REALLY believed parents had the right to have their children educated in conformity with the parents own religious and philosophical convictions German parents wouldn't be seeking asylum in the US for homeschooling their own children.