A mother writes to me, torn with guilt about a decision she made about the education of her daughter, who
began kindergarten this year. The family doesn’t believe in ”structured religion”, preferring instead to raise their children as ”tolerant of all religions but followers of none”.For this reason, she refused her child’s participation in scripture instruction offered by the school.But the five-year-old was the only child in her year to be excused from the lesson and so was forced to sit alone outside the classroom while it proceeded. The little girl was so distressed that her mother – let’s call her Karen – reluctantly gave permission for her to attend Anglican scripture. But the decision doesn’t feel right and she’s still not sure that it is. What should she do?
Could you imagine how this poor little 5 year old felt. Essentially, from her point of view, she’d been put in the naughty corner for having parents who didn’t believe in the god on offer. This illustrates the importance of having an alternative to school scripture class.
Please read, comment and circulate among your own networks. We need to let the government and the media that this is an issue of great concern to many voters.