Target: Colin Everett, Chief Executive of the Flintshire County Council, Wales
Goal: Allow non-religious children to use free school bus services
In Flintshire County, Wales, parochial students who cannot prove their religious affiliation with either a letter from their pastor or a certificate of baptism may not be allowed to use the free school bus service. This attack on secular students harms young children who follow the beliefs of their parents and may or may not be affiliated with Christianity. Many families choose to send their children to parochial schools simply because those schools provide a higher level of education than local public schools.
British school districts face a funding crisis and have stopped providing certain free services to students. However, denying a child the right to ride to school based on his or her religious beliefs is backward and unjust. The same school leaders that insist children must prove their religiosity to ride the bus also consciously allow secular families to pay costly tuition so their children may attend finer schools. While leaders accept financial gain from these families, they simultaneously attempt to harm families’ reputations in the community, all in the name of Christianity.
Some Christian families are offended by the overbearing rule, and others are disappointed that their faith is being used to vilify their secular neighbors. Ask the Flintshire County Council to allow all children the right to ride free school buses.
Dear Mr. Everett,
Punishing secular school children for the beliefs of their parents is unjust. The decision to ban non-religious children from parochial school buses damages those students’ relationships with their peers and teachers, and defies the Christian commandment to “love thy neighbor.”
Many families choose to send their children to parochial schools so that they may get a high caliber education, better than what they might receive at a public school. If leaders of parochial schools accept tuition from these families, then surely they should allow secular children to ride the school bus.
Conversely, some Christian families resent such an overbearing rule, not wanting to obtain special documents just so that their children can ride to school each day. Other Christians dislike causing their non-Christian friends suffering under the guise of faith.
Although school districts throughout the UK are struggling for lack of funding, punishing non-Christian school children is not a valid solution. Allow all children to ride free school buses in Flintshire County.
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