No one can judge whose prophet is kosher

David Aaronovitch

We’d never allow Marxist-Leninist schools to brainwash children so why do we give religions similar rights?

Come with me on a flight of fancy. It is open day at the latest educational establishment in a suburban part of Essex. The headmaster, an avuncular-looking man with a fine moustache mounts the stage and smiles down upon his audience. “A warm welcome,” he says, “to prospective new parents from all of us here at the Joseph Stalin Free School in Ongar.”

The ethos of the school, he explains, is Marxist-Leninist (with a wave he indicates the very large but tasteful pictures of the great leaders, as painted by the children of Year 7). There is a strong emphasis…

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