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Abolish law that says school must hold collective worship

Comment 2nd July 2010

Such collective worship indoctrinates our children and teaches them that this one idea is the truth when they are at their most impressionable.  They learn to accept what they are taught as fact without applying the skills of critical thinking – thinking for themselves.  Religions and non-religious beliefs should be taught as a broad subject, objectively and without indoctrination into one belief system, i.e. educating.  This would allow our children to make up their own minds.

Why does this matter?

It does not respect the rights to freedom of religion or belief that our children deserve, and is therefore an abuse.  Collective worship forces young people to pray or worship in ways that take no regard of their personal beliefs, or those of their parents who may be further restricted in school choice.  This also alienates some who may feel the need to self-exclude, or who are excluded by the beliefs of their parents, and the system where a parent can exclude a child out of religious worship is deeply flawed.

Assemblies are useful for the school community, and this does not and must not include enforced and divisive collective worship.  The UK has a plurality of beliefs and these should be recognised and respected.

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