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Compulsory collective worship in schools

Comment 27th July 2010

To repeal the law requiring maintained schools to provide a daily (mainly Christian) act of collective worship.

Why does this matter?

This law is both anachronistic and divisive. No-one should be forced to 'worship' and the state should have no right to insist on this.  There is a strong case for inclusive school assemblies, which can help to build shared values and a sense of community but not assemblies which exclude and alienate some students. The right of parents to withdraw their child from forced acts of worship is not enough to justify this unfair and divisive law.

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