Posts Tagged ‘Bible in Schools’

Bible in schools on the line as High Court hearing confirmed Comments 0

Monday, November 11th, 2019

The Auckland High Court has confirmed this week that it will hear the case against school-based religious instruction in October next year. The Secular Education Network is appealing to the High Court for a ruling that these classes are discriminatory and contrary to the Bill of Rights Act, and that school time should be reserved Read more

Signed consent needed to allow religious instruction in schools Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Primary and intermediate schools will have to ask families for their consent to teach religious instruction – and provides alternatives for those who refuse – if new guidelines are adopted. They would also have to be explicit about what will be taught and whether it endorses a particular faith, draft guidelines released by the Ministry of Read more

Bible in Schools case fast-tracked to High Court Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

A Human Rights Commission spokesperson confirmed it supported the Secular Education Network’s application to have its case to stop religious education in state schools heard at the High Court. “The proceedings were originally filed with the Human Rights Review Tribunal in October 2016 and little substantive progress has been made since then,” the spokesperson said. Read Read more

Church Education Commission outraged by accusations of bullying, secrets and grooming Comments 1

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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The Churches Education Commission (CEC) is outraged by claims made by secular education campaigners who want to stop religion being taught in state primary and intermediate schools. Tanya Jacob, the South Island representative of the of the Secular Education Network (SEN), said there are “really quite serious concerns, even concerns about potential for grooming, keeping secrets Read more

38% of state primary and intermediate schools offer religious instruction Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017

According to a Secular Education Network (SEN) survey of state primary and intermediate schools, 37.7 per cent offer religious instruction. The survey received 1663 responses from a total of 1833 state primary and intermediate schools. The SEN website has a resource that shows which schools received the survey and which of them responded to it. Read more

Korean Christians want classes in schools to continue Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Auckland Korean Churches Association has issued a public statement Christian eduction is schools. In May, the Secular Education Network filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal claiming that preferential treatment of Christianity in schools was prohibited under the Bill of Rights. Continue reading Related Posts:Christian-Atheist lay preacher leads charge against…North Korea most Read more

Bible in Schools – appeal upheld, case continues Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Bible in schools debate goes on. Jeff McClintock, a secular school campaigner will still have his day in court. The High Court had earlier this year struck the so called Bible in Schools case out but Court of Appeal Judges Rhys Harrison, Forrest Miller and Helen Winkelmann have reinstated the case. The Court of Appeal judgment Read more

Karakia could be banned in state schools Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Maori prayers could be banned from the classroom if campaigners are successful in their bid to remove religious instruction from state schools, an academic says. AUT history professor Dr Paul Moon’s comments come after a High Court judge last month threw out a test case because the parent challenging the legality of the Bible in Read more

Bible in Schools campaigner to appeal strike off of case Comments 0

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Bible in Schools campaigner Jeff McClintock has gone to the  Court of Appeal about the decision to strike out of his case. He took the board of Red Beach School on the Hibiscus Coast to court because he alleged the school’s Bible in Schools classes showed disrespect for his daughter’s rights to freedom of religion. The Read more

Human Rights Commission looks to court on Bible in Schools Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Human Rights Commission and members of the Secular Education Network have applied to join court action against religion in state schools. A case is being taken by Jeff McClintock against Red Beach School. He laid a complaint with the commission several years ago after his daughter was put in a corner when she opted Read more