My own background is that of someone from a mixed religion family. A Christian father and a Jewish mother. Caused no problems for me when growing up in the sixties and seventies when like many of my generation I chose simply not to believe.
Nobody I knew was that bothered at my choice, except my (Christian) religious studies teacher at school who kicked me out of the classroom on one occasion for raising Eric Von Danekin's theories from Chariot of the Gods.
My first taste of religious intolerance, but sadly not the last.
The news this weekend has been pretty dire considering the supposed increase of secularisation of British society.
First we heard of the tragic murder of a Glaswegian shopkeeper. The Daily Record reports:
POLICE have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.
And they say they are treating the popular shopkeeper's death as "religiously prejudiced"....
No religion should have sole rights to any education or otherwise in our society. There must be equality in all things before the law. No religion should be given precedence over another.
That's why we need to fight for a secular society where religion and the state are separate.
Only this way will tolerance be learnt. There can be no privileges for religion. In my view all are equally wrong, but some practitioners seek to impose their views on the rest of us.
The struggle against all forms of religious supremacism and fundamentalism has to start now.