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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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  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Oct. 18, 2010 11:55 AM ET USA

    Another page in the book of British tolerance of Catholics.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Oct. 18, 2010 8:05 AM ET USA

    Another attempted takeover from the "let's all be diverse together" school of thought.