Wednesday 22 February 2017

Are church-run schools ethical?

Published 21/02/2011 | 08:06

The article 'Is there a place for God in the Irish classroom?' (Irish Independent, February 18) overlooks the most fundamental ethical and legal issue at stake in this debate: the current system of church-sponsored schools is inherently discriminatory.

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State monies are supporting schools whose admissions practices openly discriminate against applicants of the wrong faith, or no faith.

This situation is unacceptable. The alternative is simple and urgent; community schools that guarantee admission to all children within their districts and that teach ethical judgment rather than any particular religious faith.

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