Sunday, July 09, 2006


How Dare They

I am livid. Fit to be tied. Rifling through the kid's book bags this morning, out flopped a sheet informing us that the proceeds from this year's 'non-uniform day' (the kids pay £1 for the privilege of turning up to school in civvies for the day) will be donated to, wait for it… The Order of Malta Volunteers, a catholic charity. Specifically, the money will fund a trip to Lourdes!!

Now, I'm sure that the volunteers do some excellent work, even if filling sick, disabled and terminally ill people with false hope and dragging them halfway across Europe in search of a miracle can hardly be counted as excellent work.

The fact that they are touting for funds in a non-denominational primary school is bad enough, but when that school is in South London and has pupils from as wide a range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds as the one my children attend, it is outrageous. That the head teacher has allowed it to happen is despicable.

Of course, we could exercise our right to withhold our contribution, and send the kids to school in their uniform as usual. That wouldn't exactly be fair though, would it? Talk about holding a gun to our heads.

Thankfully husband is just as pissed off as I am about it, so we've written to the head, asking that our contribution be donated to a non-denominational children's charity. We will also be handing out leaflets outside the school gates to make sure that our fellow parents know that they have the opportunity to do the same.

Atheist Mum

Good on you. It's too easy to sit by and complain. Whereas your passion and pro-activity are commendable.

Reminding others they have the same right may expose you to moralizing by the religious and ridicule by the apathetic. But it is worth it.

Personally, I think that if you can let your anger become logic and face criticism with openness and amiability, then it will be worth the effort and will be more likely to pay off.
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