Top Spokesman for Scotland’s Catholic Church Pushes Humanist Schools

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by Christine Niles  •  •  January 1, 2016   

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GLASGOW ( - The official spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland is pushing for the creation of schools with more "diverse" belief systems.

In a column published Monday in the Herald Scotland, Peter Kearney criticized the notion of doctrinal conformity, urging a more diverse educational system that goes beyond solely Catholic schools.

Quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone "has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion," Kearney asks, "[W]ith such a rousing universal standard in mind, isn't it time we expanded faith schools, so our education system truly reflects our plural society?"

"Why, for example, should tax-paying parents who follow a secular humanist belief system be denied the opportunity to have their children educated in accordance with their beliefs?" he asks.

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The column spends most of its time criticizing the secular atheist agenda in Scotland's education system — an agenda he claims is far more dogmatic than any religious system. As a counterbalance to atheistic dogmatism, Kearney promotes a religious pluralism that explicitly rejects any dogma or creed, denying the notion that one belief system fits all.

"[F]rom humanists to Hindus, there is no mythical default setting," Kearney insists, "no neutral standard of belief that can or should be imposed on all."

"In reality, we are far more likely to engender tolerance and respect for diversity by promoting variety rather than imposing conformity whether in education or across society."

Kearney's remarks come in light of parents' petition to create the country's first Muslim school — an initiative supported by the Catholic Church in Scotland. The great majority of schools in Scotland are not religiously affiliated, but among those that are, the vast majority of them are Catholic. There are only three Episcopalian schools and one Jewish school, while there are currently 366 Catholic schools in Scotland. All schools, including religious schools, are state-funded.

To learn more about the Catholic Church's dogmatic rejection of religious pluralism, watch our show "Mic'd Up: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus."


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