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April 23, 2013

Anglican School Drops Christian Hymns

Their excuse is 75% of their students are Muslim.  Do you think it occurred to ANYONE on the board or vestry to question why they were not attracting Christian students? 

Hymns have been dropped from assemblies at a Church of England school which has also introduced separate prayer rooms for girls and boys to cater to its mostly Muslim students.

Daily assemblies at Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise College, where 75 per cent of pupils are Muslim, are not based specifically on the Bible, but may make reference to it alongside other religious texts.
All of the the meat served at the secondary school, which has over 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 19, is halal.

Unfortunately, this situation is not unique to CoE schools.  I am told by sources I consider very reliable that Episcopal High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, no longer makes chapel attendance mandatory.  A local RC school allows the six graders to sing the 12 Yats of Christmas up to and including the six pack of Dixie Beer on the sixth day.  In response to my question as to when Jesus would be honored at the Christmas play, I was told that if I wanted that “Christian” stuff, it was done on Friday at the church.

Parents who send their children to an alleged Christian school that fails to be Christian might as well donate their money to the local wishing well.  They should also have zero expectation their children are being taught Christian principles or anything whatsoever about God, Jesus or the Bible.

Simply put - when the money becomes more important than the message, the doors need to close - whether you are closing the doors to the church parish or its school. 

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CofE, Canada, TEC, and probably some others: more concerned with keeping some institutional lights on than on the content of what the institutions proclaim and nurture.

[1] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 4-23-2013 at 02:32 PM · [top]

I’m confused. Obviously the Muslim parents sending their children to the CoE school knew that it was Christian, and apparently they were okay with that. So why is the school changing?

[2] Posted by Branford on 4-23-2013 at 02:58 PM · [top]

An existential lack of confidence coupled with an absence of integrity, leads to a fundamental failure of mission.

What a colossal waste of time.

[3] Posted by tired on 4-23-2013 at 03:16 PM · [top]

Its a mission without a message.

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 4-23-2013 at 03:23 PM · [top]

I’m confused. Obviously the Muslim parents sending their children to the CoE school knew that it was Christian, and apparently they were okay with that. So why is the school changing?

Many of us have asked this question about why ECUSA had money, prestige and clear written rules stating what the leftist advocates promoted was against all their canons and the foundation of the church. 

My answer has always been - Because they could. 

Once ECUSA showed it had no leadership with backbone, they were easily intimidated into total surrender.

[5] Posted by Jackie on 4-23-2013 at 03:39 PM · [top]

No Christian hymns means that this is no longer a Christian school.

[6] Posted by cennydd13 on 4-23-2013 at 07:08 PM · [top]

The Muslims who send their children to this school may understand Christianity more clearly than the so-called Christians who run it.
Isn’t it possible that these Muslims are taking the risk of sending their children to a Christian school in the hope that their children will have an opportunity they did not have and that is the opportunity to become Christians?
I believe Jesus said, “Let the children come unto to me”. What a tragedy it would be if their way were blocked by people who call themselves Christians.

[7] Posted by Betty See on 4-23-2013 at 07:18 PM · [top]

Obviously, they don’t believe any of that stuff. It’s just a name on the door. Kinda like what’s happening to the YMCA, er, the “Y,” in the US, and no few churches.

[8] Posted by BlueOntario on 4-24-2013 at 07:52 AM · [top]

And what are the parents of the Christian students saying/doing about this?  If they have an option, they should withdraw their children in favor of another school with more integrity.

[9] Posted by Geosez on 4-24-2013 at 09:21 AM · [top]

If you look at the demographics, (75% Muslim students attending an Anglican school) you might conclude that an unconscious desire for return to segregation is motivating the people who deem that Muslims will no longer be allowed to hear or sing Christian hymns at this school.

[10] Posted by Betty See on 4-24-2013 at 09:51 AM · [top]

I agree with Cennydd.  If it is no longer a Christian school, then adjust the name, mission statement to reflect this new identity.  Don’t close the school, simply change to better reflect the present reality that is no longer a Christian school.

[11] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 4-24-2013 at 10:15 AM · [top]

Betty See,
You may be right but more likely is that these Muslims are simply wanting an school with excellent academics for their children.  The attitude that education is very important for their children is common among many educated Muslims in the US. I saw this attitude among Muslim graduate students who had school age children. They looked for the best schools for their kids, encouraged their kids to do well in school,etc. In the UK,  the attitude is probably similar. Seventy five precent Muslim students is most likely just the reality of who sends their kids to the school and nothing else.

Jacki is right. Many “Christian” schools are very nominally so especially Episcopal schools. If parents want a school with a true religious identity and mission, some ‘Christian’ schools won’t make the grade.  Does this make these schools bad schools? No,just that they should no longer use the Christian identity.  There are excellent schools both private and public that are not Christian.

[12] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 4-24-2013 at 11:11 AM · [top]

The Christian Religion is a very attractive religion, it is reasonable to think that some Muslims, once they know about Jesus, would want to follow Him, just as many people from other parts of the world do.

Where can a person who was born to a Muslim family but has been called to the Christian faith go in order to follow Christ? Granted Muslim radicals may persecute their own for preferring Christianity, but we as Christians have no right to abridge anyone’s access to our faith for that reason. We should let them make their own decision as other Christians have in the past.

When this school changes it’s name it will be clear that it is not a religious school, but that is not a comforting thought.

[13] Posted by Betty See on 4-24-2013 at 03:49 PM · [top]

“Lest we forget; lest we forget.” We forgot.

[14] Posted by KenChicago on 4-26-2013 at 08:20 AM · [top]

I would like to see this approach tried at a (So. Baptist) Christian School in the US.  Might make for some interesting fireworks and discourse.  Probably the Muslim students would not be admitted since in my experience you must become So Baptist to attend one of their schools.  This could be said of several other religions who have private schools.

[15] Posted by catwrangler on 5-7-2013 at 07:25 PM · [top]

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