ALAN’S BLOG: The politics of religious literacy – Alan Brine

You turn your back for a month and when you look again things have got out of hand!

January saw the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE (the APPG) since the 2015 General Election. It seems one of the concluding remarks was that “the aim of RE should be to awaken and promote moral awareness and character education”. What happened? Has the world gone mad?

We are engaged in a debate about the purpose of RE and the meaning of ‘religious literacy’. What is clear is that this is a political debate. It is a debate about ‘who owns RE’. There is a wide range of opinions and, crucially, a wide range of powerbrokers operating across the RE landscape.

What is the nature of the debate? How can we define the landscape? Three metaphors come to mind: a garden of delights, a warzone and a wasteland!!

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