Tanya Jacob and David Hines Human Rights Appeal
We're campaigning to end religious discrimination in state schools. Christians-only bible lessons are making schools unwelcoming to children
We're campaigning to end religious discrimination in state schools. We believe Christians-only bible lessons are making schools unwelcoming to children.
We want to change the law so these will stop and there will be:
# no religious songs and prayers in assemblies
# no peer pressure on children or their parents to go against their beliefs,
# but there will be protection for education about religions and non-religious views, including the right of privacy, and the right to express one's views.
David Hines & Tanya Jacob's involvement (page creator)
I'm David. I'm a Christian atheist and have worked with people from religious and non-religious groups, helping to build a team who will defend the rights of children of all backgrounds.
My co-leader Tanya Jacob has been an advocate for parents and children facing religious discrimination, and we are filing a joint complaint against the law, to take to the High Court, and beyond.
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It's June 30 and the New Zealand Association of Rationalists have just voted to keep matching donations we receive from other sources.
So far they contributed $50,000, and they have decided to give us up to $50,000 more over the next year.
We don't expect to need that much.
We still don't have a date for our High Court hearing, but we expect to know that following a second case management conference as soon as possible after July 16 2019.
The court case could be anywhere between November 2019 and June 2020.
That's when we'll need to have all our funds ready to go. We expect to need about $20,000 more, if we and the Attorney-General are ordered to each pay our own legal costs.
If we have to pay the A-G's costs, we will need to find about $50,000 more than that.
If the A-G has to pay our costs, we could end up with $50,000 more than we need.
In that case, we would reimburse NZARH a large proportion of the further cash they give us.
These figures are just guestimates. There are other potential costs, including paying for a video link to a witness in England, and the costs of an appeal, if there is one.
Thanks very much for your help to date.
We hope you will continue to support us, and we hope the timetable will be much more definite after Jully 16 2019.
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This page was created on 21 Jan 2016 and closes on 1 Jul 2020.