Humanists to help shape religious curriculum after threatening legal action to sit on education board

According to The Telegraph humanists are set to help shape religious education curriculum after winning a legal battle to sit on a council’s education board.

Humanists UK, the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people which campaigns for a secular state, has won a proposed legal challenge against a London council that rejected its application to join its religious education body. 

The organisation said that the decision is “likely to pave the way for more humanists to sit on such bodies across England”.

Rachel Taggart-Ryan applied for full membership to Greenwich Council’s Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE), the body that oversees the religious education curriculum in the local area and which has members from varying religious groups. 

However its sitting members voted against giving her full membership and voting rights because she is a humanist, with the Council backing this decision on the grounds that humanism is not a religion.

Read the full article Humanists to help shape religious curriculum after threatening legal action to sit on education board 

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