Compulsory worship in schools

By Press Office
July 6, 2010

Commenting on an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for an end to compulsory acts of mainly Christian worship in taxpayer funded schools, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, said:

"Worship is properly understood as a freely-given act of commitment to God in a confessional context. It cannot be right from a Christian viewpoint, let alone from a pluralist one, that pupils from taxpayer funded schools in a diverse society are made, by the law of the land, to say the prayers of one religion, irrespective of their own beliefs and convictions.

"Modern Britain needs inspiring school assemblies that reflect the diversity of society, its mixed belief character, and its desire to enhance understanding and commitment to the common good among children, parents and teachers from a range of backgrounds.

"Voluntary provision can and should be made for pupils from particular religious communities."

The EDM is number 395.

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