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Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of Canterbury

The often-forgotten fact that church schools are the main educational presence in some of our most deprived communities means that it simply can't be said that these schools somehow have a policy of sanitising or segregating.
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Kenneth Stevenson Former Bishop of Portsmouth

The Church of England supports Muslim and Jewish and other faith schools. Their existence will itself be a powerful sign of the secure place of their adherents in Britain. They should promote self-respect and self-confidence in their pupils, the best antidote to discord and violence.
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Tariq Ahmad British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations

We must educate our children to understand other religions, in the hope that the next generation will be wiser than those that have come before it. And schools can play this role, including faith schools.

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Jonathan Romain Rabbi, writer

There is a real danger that the growth in faith schools today will be blamed in 30 years’ time for the social disharmony then. It is not too late to reverse that trend, if we want a society that has diversity within unity, not at the expense of it.
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Steve Sinnott Former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, UK

There is a view that the promotion of greater influence of faith groups in running our schools could be detrimental to community cohesion and social cohesion and could promote ethnic segregation.
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Margaret Knight Psychologist, humanist

...in a climate of thought that is increasingly unfavourable to these beliefs, it is a mistake to try to impose them on children, and to make them the basis of moral training. The moral education of children is much too important a matter to be built on such foundations.

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