Following the “There’s no God… probably” campaign of last year, the Atheist Bus Campaign is launching a new poster campaign arguing against “labelling” children with their parents religion. The campaign appears to be concerned particularly with faith schools – and I have to say I have concerns about ‘segregating children according to their parents beliefs’ – we are a mixed society, and the more we can understand about each others beliefs and drivers, the better – we don’t want ghettos! Having studied some elements of the History of Education at Winchester, I felt I had to comment (as above!) – who first introduced education to the masses… and what value systems are people using, what worldview is their world based upon, if we don’t give them an opportunity to explore faiths and decide for themselves. As a Christian, I believe faiths have to be open to questioning – I’m know I don’t have all the answers (believe me, the more you learn, the more you know you don’t know!), but if it can’t stand up to that questioning, we have to question its value… and for me, Christianity stacks up.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.