As a life long Atheist I have always considered the secular nature of or education system a virtue and a triumph of reason over superstition but for how much longer is this going to be the case?
Gary Bouma, a professor of sociology at Monash University, told a Muslim students’ conference that the secularist stance of universities was no longer appropriate at a time when religion played a more important role in public life. He said secularism was not a neutral stance but was itself an ideology that was inimical to religions.
“Religious diversity is on the increase and religion is back in the public space,” he said. “Secularists have a right to have a voice in universities but not a voice to denigrate or relegate religions to a non-space.”
Are we to see the same sort of thinking, when it comes to the catering, that was evident in the Queensland prison system that will see all of the meat served in university eating-places being Halal? A decision made on the assumption that most students would not care. How long will it be before a belief in the (approved) deity is actually a prerequisite for tertiary study? I have no objection to any individual following the religion of their choice but we should resist any moves to make our places of higher learning branch offices of any faith.