According to a report in The Independent (11th October 2013), the National Secular Society (NSS) — which has less than 10,000 members — is worried that “evangelical Christian groups committed to converting young people are being allowed access to children in state schools.” The NSS is con- cerned about the activities of 18 groups, including Youth for Christ, Scripture Union and The Gideons, and has called on the Government to “introduce a stricter code of conduct to prevent visiting groups ‘pros-Of course, the NSS is worried that pupils may be exposed to criticisms of their foun- dational doctrine, which is evolution. “When fundamentalist Christians express their sincerely and passionately held belief in the creation story, few children are likely to differentiate between what is being presented as a ‘belief’ and what is being taught as ‘valid scientific theory’.” This is really an insult to the intelligence of pupils, suggesting they aren’t capable of making up their own minds about origin of life issues. Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS, said: “Our schools are becoming playgrounds for religious interests who are exploiting their opportunities to the full... With fewer and fewer people regarding it is clear that faith groups see schools as their best hope of reviving their fortunes. Children have to be there by law, they are a captive audience.”
The hypocrisy of the NSS is breathtaking! They make no secret of the fact that they want to remove all Christian influence from our schools, that “morality, ethics and citizenship should be taught outside a religious framework.” They would deny young people the opportunity to learn about facts which undermine their secu- lar-evolutionist worldview, and are quite happy for children to be a “captive audi- ence” for their own humanist dogma! Hav- ing already persuaded Education Secretary Michael Gove to outlaw any alternative to evolution being discussed in science les- sons, they are now demanding that children in our schools be brainwashed with secular ideology, and not be allowed to learn the truth about the faith that has shaped our culture and inspired our greatest scientists and social reformers.
NO MORAL BASIS
What the NSS does not explain is how “mo- rality and ethics” can be effectively taught without reference to a higher authority. In that case, we can only write our own rules
— a recipe for moral chaos. As Charles Dar-win wrote in his autobiography: “A man who has no assured and ever present belief in the existence of a personal God or of a future existence with retribution and re- ward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those impulses and instincts which are the strongest or which seem to him the best ones.”
God created us, and has the right to require us to live according to His rules, which are given for our own good and the good of mankind as a whole. Those who love Him recognise this and can say with the Psalmist “How I love your law!” (Psalm 119: 97). “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. (1 John 5: 3). There is no other logical basis for morality.