Alastair Lichten

Thursday, August 20 2020 at 7:30PM

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Alastair Lichten

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This event was originally scheduled for July, but for obvious reasons couldn't go ahead. Registration details are at the bottom, and can be found in our regular newsletter The Bedfordshire Sceptic.

We are delighted that The National Secular Society's Alastair Lichten has agreed to talk to us on this very important subject. In view of the Black Lives Matter campaign and further shocking examples  of discrimination in our society, we need to take a close look at whether our education system is preventing proper integration and inclusiveness.

With all sorts of organisations free to run Academy Schools or Free Schools, why shouldn't the various churches and faiths be running schools? Isn't it right that parents have real choice, and shouldn't their faith be part of that? Surely that is all fair, and they do better than ordinary schools, don't they? And they've worked really well in Northern Ireland.

From faith schools to coercive worship, and from confessional RE to faith based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination. But it doesn't need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system.

The National Secular Society's head of education, Alastair Lichten, will talk about the Society's No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focussed campaigns.

Alastair Lichten is the Society's head of education, joined the NSS in 2014 to work on a variety of their campaigns, before focusing on education. He currently coordinates the No More Faith Schools campaign.

Numbers will be limited to 100 and the event will require pre-registration by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (note that the link you receive is unique to you and can't be shared).