Bible classes fight goes on, despite setback

The Churches Education Commission runs religious education classes in hundreds of schools across New Zealand (Getty file)
The Churches Education Commission runs religious education classes in hundreds of schools across New Zealand (Getty file)

A new case against Bible classes in schools has been lodged with the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

It comes the same week Auckland father Jeff McClintock's case against Red Beach School over its Bible classes was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The school made his daughter attend Bible classes against his wishes. The school is reportedly now seeking $24,000 in costs from Mr McClintock, but declined to speak to Newshub when contacted on Friday.

That case was backed by the Secular Education Network, which is now raising funds to launch another challenge.

"While McClintock's case was directed against a single school and a narrow piece of law, [the Secular Education Network is] challenging four pieces of legislation, which each open the door to religious and ethical discrimination in state schools," the group told Newshub.

In particular, it's focusing on:

The case was lodged with the Human Rights Review Tribunal on Wednesday. They hope to have it fast-tracked to the High Court.

Spokesman David Hines said it would cost "tens of thousands of dollars" to fight, and they've so far received nearly $12,000 in donations through Givealittle.

The Churches Education Commission, which runs religious education classes in hundreds of schools across New Zealand, could not be reached for comment.

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