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Teach, not preach. Remove religious instruction from our state schools.

Cause page created in the Education category by Tanya Jacob for "Tanya Jacob Human Rights Appeal"

$34,580 donated
Given by 277 generous donors in 4 years

In our diverse society, where we value tolerance and inclusion, should our schools be ‘closing’ so churches can preach to our kids?

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** Every dollar donated is generously matched by the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists - thank you!

In New Zealand, we have a right to freedom of religion. New Zealand state schools are meant to be free of religious instruction. Our children deserve to be taught how to think, by trained education professionals, not what to believe, by Christian church members.

So why is single faith, Christian religion being preached in more than a third of our state schools every week?

An outdated section added to the Education Act in the 1960s allows a school to ‘close’ in order to deliver religious instruction to students. Routinely, this is single faith, Christian instruction, offered to our youngest children.

Children are invited to take part in singing and games and given treats for attending. Parents who object must explicitly opt their children out of class, and those children are removed from their own classroom.  Teasing and bullying for not believing in God are common.

In October 2020, the High Court will hear our case to have this section of the Education Act declared inconsistent with the Human Rights Act. If we are successful, a recommendation will be made to Parliament to repeal Section 78 of the Education Act.

The Secular Education Network’s case is funded by donations from the public and from the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists.

Nearly $100,000 has been raised for the court and legal costs so far, and it’s expected we will need between $20,000 - $50,000 more, depending on whether we and the Attorney-General are ordered to each pay our own legal costs.

These figures are just guestimates. There are other potential costs, including paying for a video link to a witness in England, lobbying the government for change, and the costs of an appeal, if there is one.

This page will be updated regularly as things progress.

What needs to change?

A law change would mean:

Schools are for teaching, for everyone. Churches are for preaching, to those with religious beliefs.

Protection for education about both religious and non-religious views, including the right of privacy, and the right to express one's views.

No bible classes, religious songs and prayers in state schools

No more peer pressure on children or their parents to go against their beliefs

What can you do?

Check out the information and resources on our website,

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Our High Court case is going to be expensive, and we are up against the resources of the Church. Any donation will make a difference. And remember - any donation made by the public will be matched dollar for dollar by the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists!

Tanya Jacob's involvement (page creator)

Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, David Hines & Tanya Jacob on behalf of Tanya Jacob and David Hines Human Rights Appeal. This is overseen by the Treasurer of the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists.

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Tanya Jacob getting the case to the finish line as sole plaintiff.  10 June 2020

Posted by: David Hines

It's been 5 years to get here from when we first started our legal case. A lot has happened. After massive input throughout David Hines has withdrawn as a plaintiff. We are very pleased that he will still stay on as a highly valued witness.

So thank you all for your support. It is hugely appreciated - we wouldn't be able to do this case without you. And it's only 4 months away now!!! Wow!

Full disclosure, any donations now will go to an account managed by me. Oversight remains the same ie. by the treasurer of the NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists.

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This is important. Thank you for taking this on, our children will benefit from your efforts.
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