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Abolish compulsory collective worship in schools

Comment 2nd July 2010

It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their own beliefs

It does not respect children's and young people's rights to freedom of religious belief

It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK

The system whereby you can opt your child our of religious worship in deeply flawed, leaving those children feeling odd

Under 16s can't opt themselves out without their parents permission

Inclusive assemblies are a better alternative and contribute more to well being and development

Why does this matter?

The system whereby you can opt your child out of religious worship is deeply flawed and leaves those children feeling odd.  Parents feeling obliged to consent in order to prevent this happening then find that their own beliefs are compromised. Collective worship of this type is unnecessary and pointless in a modern, mainly secular society.

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