This is the full speech by Richard Dawkins at the “Protest The Pope” rally, 18th September 2010. (unedited)
Jonathan Dimbleby and a panel of experts come together to debate the controversial subject of religion in Britain’s schools.
The role of religion in education is a subject rarely out of the headlines. Despite Britain’s multi-faith society, schools are still required to include a collective act of worship of a Christian nature, while faith schools and religious academies have raised fears about community cohesion and covert selection.
Claims by some religious educationalists that faith is the best way to teach moral values is challenged by others in schools who believe religious morality to be outdated and dangerous.
Dimbleby is joined by Professor Richard Dawkins, Schools Select Committee chairman Barry Sheerman MP, and a multi-faith studio audience.