Can we call our society a fair and just one, when the state has legalised discrimination against children as young as 4? That's despite this being unconstitutional.
Section 7.3(c) of the Equal Status Act of 2000, and as later amended, provides an opt-out for schools. This states that schools may exclude children on the ground of religion. Do you support change to this?
We've won this one! Rule 68 of the 1965 "Rules for National Schools" states that "of all the parts of a school curriculum Religious Instruction is by far the most important". Do you support change to this?
Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act of 1998, and as later amended, permits more favourable treatment of academic and medical staff in the workplace based on their religion. Do you support change to this?
All National Schools committed themselves (in their lease), from their foundation to the present day to be open with equality to children of all religions. The Department of Education has proposed that this commitment to equality be removed by giving the schools a change in the lease, called a Deed of Variation, to allow for the schools to discriminate against children on the ground of religion.
Do you support retaining the commitment to have no religious discrimination in ALL National Schools, and to stop the signing of further Deeds of Variation?
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