England: Department of Education Says Britain is a Christian Country
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Dec 28
British schools will not be required to teach atheist worldviews on par with Christianity, according to an order from the Department of Education.
Christian Today reports the order declares Christianity to be the primary religion in England and asserts that it should be prioritized over atheist views such as humanism in the classroom. Other major religions represented in Great Britain were to be prioritized above atheist views as well.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said, "This government is determined to protect schools' freedom to set their own religious studies curriculum, in line with the wishes of parents and the local community.
"The guidance I have issued today makes absolutely clear that the recent judicial review will have no impact on what is currently being taught in religious education.
"I am clear that both faith and non-faith schools are completely entitled to prioritise the teaching of religion and faith over non-religious worldviews if they wish."
Religious groups across England welcomed the decision from the Department of Education.
Publication date: December 28, 2015