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Repeal requirements for Collective Worship and Religious Education in Schools

Comment 10th September 2010

Repeal Sections 69 – 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (and any other related legislation) which require religious education and acts of collective worship in schools.

Faith or no faith in religion should be left to the individual, not the state, their parents, teachers or anyone else. People (and especially children) should be free to discover the wide range of beliefs that are and that have been held throughout the history of human civilization.

The law allows for exemptions where the parent requests, but religion should be a personal choice where someone is not predisposed towards something based on the content of their religious education at school.

Why does this matter?

To cover the tenets of  (non-exhaustive list in no particular order): Christanity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Paganism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Scientology, the gods of the Romans, Ancient Greeks, Babylonians, Sumerians, Ancient Chinese, Japanese, Invisible Pink Unicorns, and Flying Spaghetti Monsters, in Religious Education would be impossible within the curriculum – and diverts time away from those subjects which are based on observable, empirical evidence which actually prepare someone to be a productive member of society.

Religious character should be a personal choice, free from state influence.

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