My DGD, who is 9, came home with me from school today with a sheet of paper that she has to familiarise herself with before the school's Easter service at the church near the school.
I was horrified - it has the full force of the crucifixion: there is blood, there is gore, there are people flailing about with whips, there is a crown of thorns and blood dripping down his face. It is utterly gruesome - should we be inflicting this on young children? Should my DGD be tainted with this cruelty? Should she have to stand up and read this stuff?
If she is not horrified with it, then is she not being desensitised to human suffering? For me it is unacceptable in every way. More so because this is a state-funded school, it is her catchment school, she has no choice but to go there - it is a CofE school and it makes me furious that church is allowed to impinge on state in this way. I object very strongly to state-funded church schools.
I have had dealings with a number of state church controlled primaries and they would not dream of inflicting this level of inappropriate content on young children.
There is nothing I can do - but for sure if it were my DD she would not be reading this, neither to herself, nor in public,
Naked pair enjoy meal in non-naturalist pub.