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SEN Submission for the New Zealand Universal Periodic Review

June 21, 2018 Dave 0

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC uses the UPR process to examine the human rights performance of all 193 UN members, including New Zealand.  Tanya Jacob of the Secular Education Network has prepared the following submission. I personally find it extremely disappointing that we have to appeal to the United Nations for assistance with religious discrimination within our own secular education system when SEN have been waiting (without even an initial consultation) nearly 2 years for a Human Rights Tribunal hearing within our own country.

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What does Bible in Schools teach? [Example]

May 8, 2018 Dave 3

Ever wondered that Bible in Schools classes teach? The Secular Education Network has been able to gain access to a teacher manual for year three. This article is taken from a brochure handed out to parents by the Secular Education Network at Glendowie Primary School in Auckland. It covers some of what is taught.

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What’s the problem with Karakia?

April 3, 2018 Dave 4

There is a degree of “religion by stealth” in our education system. Christians embed their preferred god in Maori cultural observances and when challenged, say that “Maori are Christians”. But Maori are hardly any more Christian than the rest of us. So why are Christian prayers acceptable when part of a karakia or a kapa haka lesson? Ngaire McCarthy gives her views.

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Is Secular Education Religious Discrimination?

December 13, 2017 Dave 0

Attempts to remove religious instruction from secular primary schools often result in claims of discrimination against Christians. In this case, an email to SEN goes further and claims that secularism is a religion in itself and is also discriminatory.

Bible in Schools Lies Exposed

December 6, 2017 Dave 4

There are many claims made about Bible in Schools. Every time there’s a media report, I see the same tired old claims about choice, values and how it’s not hurting anyone. But is ANY of this true? Actually not so much.