. Why are faith schools (funded by the government) allowed to discriminate? We live in an era when no discrimination is allowed - be that by race, gender, creed, age or sexual orientation - but schools are allowed to discriminate by faith. Currently there is a huge debate in our Supreme Court regarding a Jewish school. The arguments are complex, but the school is being told that they cannot discriminate on race (bloodline Judaism), but they can discriminate on faith (observance Judaism). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6887437.ece But why should a government-funded school school be able to refuse my children (as happened recently, a Catholic school this time) - despite that school being right next door to us - and yet accept children from another town in preference? And do so simply because my children did not go to the right church? So I pay for this school, through my taxes, but have no access to it whatsoever. Faith education is not helping a multicultural society, for it is intrinsically divisive. One group of kids will never see and mix with another group, because they will always be at different schools and different temples. And sometimes learning the sectarian hatred of their elders, in those government-funded schools. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6884742.ece It is faith education that maintained the ghetto culture of Northern Ireland, and fanned the flames of the civil strife there - and faith based education will surely do the same to the rest of the UK. Yes, or no?? .