22nd April, 06

Congratulations to the Queensland Education Department in making changes to regulations regarding religious instruction in state schools. Parents and guardians are now required to sign a form if they require the child in their care to be further religiously indoctrinated via the school system. It is also of note that other ‘faiths’ and no faith instruction is now available.

With only 9% of the population regularly attending a church, this anachronistic system of ‘forced’ religious instruction by all state governments and territories, must end. Queensland has taken a first small step towards a reasonable and rational approach.

David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia said, “Specific religious indoctrination of children by government must be immediately replaced by teaching comparative religion combined with training in the use of universally accepted ethics. Schools exist to educate, not indoctrinate.”