If we accept the concept of “faith schools”, whatever the religion, we must also accept (by the same logic) Muslim schools that force young women to wear face veils or teach violent jihad. Consequently any extreme religion has permission to indoctrinate our children with any twisted ideology they can justify from their ancient religious texts.
When the British Government got behind the concept of “faith schools” they doubtless imagined a quaint Church of England primary school, with a form of Christianity bordering on the agnostic and staffed by benign well meaning vicars and Miss Jean Brodies in their prime.
In fact any religious indoctrination is a form of child abuse.
We do not have ”Conservative children” or “Labour children” or “Socialist Workers children”. We accept that a child does not have the maturity and knowledge to give their consent to a political ideology. We do not allow political activity in our schools, do not allow children to join a political party and we do not allow them to vote in a general election.
We believe the same is true of sexual activity. We do not have “gay children” or “heterosexual children”. Children cannot give consent to sexual activity until 16.
Restrictions on political and sexual activity is intended to protect naïve impressionable minds from the sinister manipulation of predatory adults.
We should have similar policies towards religion.
How can we have a “Jewish child”, a “Muslim child” or a “Christian child”? Have they made an informed choice? Given their consent? The sinister power of indoctrination over young and impressionable minds has been known to Catholics for centuries. Their priests claiming, “if you give me a child, I will give you the man”.
No child should be forced to adopt any form of religious activity in schools until they are old enough to give their informed consent. This would eliminate faith schools and the form of religious apartheid that exists in Northern Ireland and Glasgow. It would starve extreme religions of their future brainwashed, indoctrinated disciples. All Jewish and Muslim schools would be banned and all forms of religious clothing and adornment could not be worn in schools until the child is old enough to give informed consent.
Britain would still have complete religious freedom of expression, exactly the same as we have political freedom of expression and sexual freedom of expression. But only when the person is old enough to give informed consent.