Future Ireland: Secular Education V Schools Controlled by Religion
Teach Don’t Preach is a positive campaign for a secular Irish education system based on human rights law. As an interim measure, we will help you to opt your child out of religious education classes in your current school.
But our ultimate aim is a secular Irish education system. Religious states promote religion. Atheist states promote atheism. We want a secular state, that promotes neither. Please join us and help to make this happen.
Education is a human right. According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Irish State absolves itself of the responsibility to educate its children, and delegates that responsibility to private bodies and institutions.
The Irish State does this in a way that denies Irish parents their human rights. Catholic schools and indeed any school that operates a religious integrated curriculum breach the basic human rights of parents seeking a secular education for their child. A religious ethos is not in accordance with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The education policy of Atheist Ireland is “secular education based on human rights law”. It is unacceptable in a democracy that, in order to access an education, our children leave their human rights at the school gate. We will not accept anything less than equality before the law and equal protection of the law without discrimination of any kind as this is our basic human right.