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School chaplaincy debate ignores what ‘secular’ education really is

In The Weekend Conversation (30 August 2014) Audrey Statham argues that there is widespread misunderstanding of the term ‘secular’.  She suggests that the implementation in state schools of a school chaplaincy program that is ‘secular’ – in the sense of being open towards funding either a religious chaplain or a non-religious counsellor – is crucial for promoting democratic attitudes of openness towards difference on the part of both non-religious and religious students, and in Australia as a whole.’

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