There are plenty of opportunities to get the message out. Write letters to the newspaper and phone talkback radio.
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Since it is an election year (and fast approaching) has anyone considered writing to MPs and explicitly asking them where they stand on the teaching of RI in schools - with a couple of paragraphs of pertinent facts about the law etc, but nothing too aggressive. Political parties are often more open to dialogue when an election is looming and writing on behalf of a group of 'potential voters' [regardless of our individual political persuasions] often gets a response. And even if you don't it might get read and little by little the issue is raised in people's consciousness. I'm not sure this is something I have capacity to work on alone at the moment, sorry but I'd be happy to do what I can to help. ...
The Court of Appeal affirmed today, in Attorney-General v Taylor, that the High Court does have the authority to issue a declaration that a statute is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act — as such, it is a major constitutional law decision.
Listen to this Australian politician's long-winded answer (that doesn't actually answer the question) about religious instruction. He includes lots of warm fuzzy words though: choice, freedom of religion, diversity... sigh. ...
Did we hit a raw nerve?
Yesterday the Minister for Education got a little hot under the collar when I asked if he thought it was reasonable that students in secular public schools are automatically enrolled in scripture classes without their parents' explicit consent.
His answer? It's been happening since 1848 - so why stop now! (Props to Tamara Smith, MP for pointing out that women weren't able to vote back then...). Full transcript here: http://www.jennyleong.org/question_to_the_minister_on_school_scripture