This letter appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Abandoning our heritage
I was amazed to read the headline "Compulsory religion is out of date" (Opinion, September 7).
This is a bit like saying there's no need to bother with English or maths either.
Knowledge of Christianity is such a basic part of our heritage.
Schools used to have a daily act of worship, and as a schoolboy I really enjoyed heartily singing a couple of hymns before going into class. It was also an opportunity for the whole school to gather together.
Experiences like this help our children to make up their own minds about their beliefs in future.
If we do not teach our children about the Ten Commandments, and they do not go to church, how may we expect them to understand the difference between right and wrong, and how the laws of the land must apply to everyone?
There is no other moral code. The Ten Commandments come from the very Top!
Lack of observance is one of the reasons why we have such an increase in violence, unruliness, burglary, fraud and murder in our society.
It would be imprudent to abandon God by eliminating Him from our schools.
As a nation we need all the help we can get. If only half our people believe in God, that will still count in our favour.
God will be our shield and we shall be rewarded. As was Abraham (Genesis 15).
Nigel Mutimer, Coalville