It was because British Jews insisted that they are to be treated as a race rather than as a faith that the extraordinary ethnic purity test they are applying for admission to the Jewish Free School has been allowed under British law. Germany's 1935 racial purity laws also defined Jews as an ethnic group; the test was three out of four grandparents being Jewish. The equivalent racial purity test applied by British Jews has rejected the 13 year old Jewish son of practising Jewish parents as being, in German terms, a Mischlinge, or mixed-race Jew, and not a full ethnic Jew. He has therefore been barred from attending the Jewish Free School.
I'm sorry, but I find this whole mess utterly repugnant. That a tax-funded school in the UK in 2009 should be allowed to apply what are essentially Nazi racial purity standards as part of a government sanctioned pupil admissions policy is odious and abhorrent.
Tax-funded faith schools I can understand and support, where a demand for them exists and they are funded fairly and proportionately; equally I would defend tax-funded secular schools, in which the mix of children of all faiths and social backgrounds can increase social cohesion and build social capital. But race schools are an evil and an anathema. If you issued every parent with a voucher and a choice where to spend it, you would end up with a mix of faith schools and secular schools anyway. That's democratic choice. And by and large it makes little difference; what evidence there is suggests anyway that secular schools produce more bigots than faith schools. But to allow race schools is to encourage bigotry on an industrial scale - and this we must not allow to develop.