Letter to the Evening Standard, 5 July 2015
RE Melanie McDonagh’s article [Comment, June 1], any school that promotes values as uniquely “Christian” is giving their pupils a skewed and very poor understanding of ethics.
For too long we have ring-fenced religious ideas for privileged treatment in schools giving pupils the misleading impression that moral questions always need to be considered through a religious prism. They do not.
Replacing religious education with philosophy and ethics would enable future generations to take a more objective and religiously neutral approach to the consideration of moral and ethical issues.
Young people could still be taught about Christianity and other religious beliefs but not at the expense of all other ways of understanding the world in which they live.
Stephen Evans, National Secular Society