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Victory in Lancashire.

A potentially significant legal victory for nonreligious citizens has been won in Great Britain. Ian Abbott's daughter, an atheist, wanted to move to a school that did not impose religious education, but the Lancashire County Council (LCC) saw no reason to extend to the Abbotts the same travel subsidies given to religious families. After five years of legal struggle, and with help from the National Secular Society, the LCC has finally acknowledged that Abbott has a case under the Human Rights Act. This decision establishes an important principle, and it is to be hoped that it will influence the School Transport Act, now proceeding through Parliament.

Bill Cooke is international director of the Center for Inquiry-International.

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Title Annotation:World Report
Author:Cooke, Bill
Publication:Free Inquiry
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUE
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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