A nice example of the lunacy of so-called faith schools:
The parents of a Teesside Sikh girl say they will convert her to Catholicism in order to get her into the best school in the area…
The Roman Catholic diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, which oversees admissions policy at the school, said it was following correct procedures.
But Mr Singh said: "At the moment she has not got a religion. She follows Sikhism because we are Sikhs."
Mr Singh's daughter is four years old. How in the name of God, Buddha, Allah, Waheguru or Tinkerbell is she supposed to know which ridiculous belief system she might one day adopt? Or not, as I hope the case turns out to be.
What hope is there that kids from different cultural backgrounds will ever get on together if their parents are allowed to keep sending them to sectarian schools?
People's religious belief, like which soccer team they support, is a highly heritable cultural trait: they tend to inherit it from their parents. To endorse religious sectarian schools makes as much sense as saying that we should have schools for the children of Manchester United fans.
Or special needs schools, as we call them in Liverpool.