We Get Responses…

Recently on our @AtheismUK Twitter feed we posted the following meme: OK, it is a bit of a silly meme, after all we don’t believe that there is a god…

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Collective worship in schools

Schools could be found in breach of failing to fulfil requirements for daily ‘collective worship’.

The Education Act (1944) requires all maintained schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. Many schools have allowed this requirement to gradually lapse as the UK becomes more secular. However this recent article in the Times Educational Supplement has raised the potential threat that schools could be investigated for not complying with the requirements cited in the Education Act (1944) to provide collective worship. (more…)

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Childhood indoctrination / socialisation of pre-school toddlers creates up to two-thirds of British Christians says survey

A Church of England survey this week reveals the staggering extent of  childhood indoctrination / socialisation* in Britain. The survey shows that nearly two-thirds of all British Christians become Christian when they were still toddlers at 0-4 years old. (1,2) Seventeen out of twenty Christians become Christian when children or teenagers, only one in twenty when adults.

* h/t Matt Sheard comment about socialisation 19/9/17.

Whilst half of Brits are Christian, four in ten don’t belong to any religious group. Almost six in ten  of 19-24 year olds are non-religious.

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UN recommend UK Government repeal collective worship

Atheism UK campaign for the abolition of compulsory Collective Worship.

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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/Membership.aspx

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held its 72nd Session on 17 May 2016 – 03 Jun 2016. In July 2016, the CRC reported on Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the UK. The report recommended that the Government repeal collective worship.

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125 Schools opt-out of Collective Worship

collective-worship-144pxSchools Week report that more than 125 schools have opted-out of Collective Worship in the past 3 years. These schools have applied to be exempt from the legal requirement to hold Collective Worship of a “wholly or broadly Christian character”.

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