David Cameron, leader of the UK's Conservative Party and likely next Prime Minister of England, was recently interviewed in Attitude, a gay magazine. He was asked about a recent study by gay rights organization Stonewall that suggested that homophobic bullying was 10% worse in faith schools (publicly funded schools which have a particular religious denomination) than in other state schools. His response, in part, was the following:
"Yes, I saw that, and I want to know more about this because it's a very worrying finding, and I don't see why it should be the case."
This strikes me as an utterly bizarre response. Given that much of the homophobia in society is religiously-motivated, isn't it obvious that schools which promote a strong faith perspective, and require parents to demonstrate their commitment to a particular faith, might be more homophobic?
I'm wondering what people think about this.