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Ateister i Storbritannia ønsker et lovforbud mot fellesmøter på skolene med kristent innhold og får støtte av rektorer og lærere.

En ny læreplan skal utarbeides neste år, og National Secular Society ønsker et forbud mot møter med kristent innhold.

Mange skoler har ikke slike møter, og der hvor de eksisterer er deltakelse frivillig.

According to the National Secular Society, a legal requirement for pupils to take part in a daily act of collective worship ‘of a broadly Christian character’ discriminates against young atheists and non-Christians, and infringes human rights.
And the campaign has support from headmasters who claim that many schools already ignore the requirement, despite it being set in stone since the passing of the 1944 Education Act.

Kritikerne mener skolesamlingene diskriminerer mot ikke-troende, og krenker menneskerettighetene. Church of England er ikke enig, de vil gjerne beholde adgangen til at skolene kan avholde samlingsmøter med en kristen ramme.

Praksis i dag er altså at skolene ikke er pålagt kristent innhold på samlingene. De kan selv velge sin form ut fra lokale forhold. Men National Secular Society ønsker å forby samlinger med kristent innhold overhodet. Man ønsker å drive kristendommen ut av skolene som del av en felleskultur.

De får støtte av Humanetikerne og rektorenes forening.

Storbritannia har en høylytt og pågående antikristelig bevegelse, som har kjørt reklamekampanjer på offentlig transport om at det ikke finnes noen Gud. Men den går langt mer stille i dørene overfor islam.

The Association of School and College Leaders has also suggested assemblies should end, and the British Humanist Association is campaigning on the subject.
But the most direct attack on religious assemblies, which represents yet another assault on Britain’s historic Christian culture, has come in a letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove from Keith Porteous, executive director of the National Secular Society.
Mr Porteous wrote: ‘We believe that the mandatory daily acts of mainly Christian worship and, in particular, the imposition on children to take part in such acts, represent an infringement of rights.
‘We recognise that assemblies with an ethical framework have a vital contribution to make to school life.

Religious observance: A young pupil prays during a school assembly (file photo)
‘We do, however, object to collective worship in principle, as not being a legitimate activity of a state-funded institution.
‘We are confident that you would not wish to perpetuate a law that is routinely disregarded. We hope that, under your leadership, the law will be changed so that it is brought out of disrepute.’

Christian assemblies in schools face axe over claims they infringe children’s human rights