Monday, August 16, 2010

The faith school delusion

I see on the RD.Net site that Richard Dawkins is doing another Ch4 program with a religious theme, this time he's having a look at faith schools. In the pre-amble it says that the film features "robust" exchanges with former Secretary of State for Education Charles Clarke, Head of the Church of England Education Service Reverend Janina Ainsworth, and the Chair of the Association of Muslim Schools, Dr Mohammed Mukadam. The last one should be interesting as Dawkins has had a run-in with Mukadam on TV before (also regarding faith schools) On that occasion Dawkins questioned Mukadam regarding the somewhat medieval assertion that Muslim children are taught if they leave Islam the penalty is death. Embarrassing it was too for the good Doctor, at first he avoided the question but later was forced to admit this is in fact true.

You can see the exchange in the following clip..

Sounds like the program might offer some robust argument, more4 on Wednesday at 9pm!

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