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If we’ve learned anything from the problems bedevilling the Catholic Church, we should move to effect a separation of church and state – beginning in our classrooms

17th April, 2010

It was one of those funerals at which you didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: laugh at the spectre of grown women trussed up in stiff, white bonnets, like middle-aged Little Bo Peeps? Or cry at the angelic faced toddlers, struggling to hold aloft flags that were twice their size, and bore symbols that looked remarkably like swastikas?

Laugh at the tough, shaven-headed young men, who congregated outside the church, their bulldog...

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