Northern Ireland official compares Catholic schools to apartheid
October 18, 2010
Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s first minister, has denounced church schools as a “benign form of apartheid,” saying that “we cannot hope to move beyond our present community divisions while our young people are educated separately.”
Robinson’s remarks earned a rebuke from Bishop Donal McKeown of Down and Connor, who said that parents have a fundamental to send their children to religious schools. “It is also the hallmark of a stable and pluralist society,” he added.
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