The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) has hit back at claims by the Sydney Anglican diocese that ethics classes are undermining religious education. The diocese claims that enrolment in religious classes has dropped 47 per cent since the introduction of an ethics trial.

AFA President, David Nicholls, said ethics classes were “a matter of choice for parents”.

“Secular ethics classes are not undermining religious classes: rather, parents are just voting with their feet,” Nicholls said.

“If religious classes are not being presented in a way that feels relevant to today’s families, it’s important that they have another option.”

“Allowing ethics classes is about maximising choice for families. It is a shame that the Sydney Anglicans would strip families of this choice,” Nicholls added.

Nicholls said secular ethics classes offered children an excellent opportunity to think about ethical issues.

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