TFN poll: should school pupils be made to attend religious services?

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​Humanists want young people to be able to opt out of religious observance in schools. Should school pupils be made to attend religious services at all?

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13th September 2016 by Graham Martin 5 Comments

Should school pupils be made to attend religious services?

Poll results (total votes: 371)

Should school pupils be made to attend religious services?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
39
Ratio:
10.51%
Answer:
No
Votes:
332
Ratio:
89.49%

A court room battle started this week as the Humanist Society of Scotland began a legal fight over whether pupils can decide to opt out of religious observance at school.

The charity is seeking a judicial review of a decision by the Scottish Government not to allow young people to decide for themselves whether they want to take part in religious ceremonies.

Currently parents have the right to request their children be excused from religion at school but young people are not able to make this decision themselves, as they are in England and Wales once they turn 16.

The Humanist Society Scotland, which promotes human decision making over religion in society, says that by refusing to allow young people to opt-out, the Scottish Government is potentially acting unlawfully.

What do you think? Should school pupils be made to attend religious services? Vote now and get the debate going by leaving a comment.

13th September 2016 by Marcus

"Faith" is what you have in things that don't exist. Stop teaching our children rubbish. Science is based on provable facts. Spend the time teaching them real things instead.

14th September 2016 by Mel B

Religion is something that should be chosen or rejected when you are old enough to decide for yourself. I think learning about differing world views is essential to breed tolerance but forcing kids to attend religious services is wrong. All for RE NOT for RO.

14th September 2016 by martine

non faith discrimination is a breach of human rights

15th September 2016 by Moira Symons

Teach all our young people about various religions and belief systems to promote understanding of others' views, but don't force anyone to take part in religious observance which does not belong in educational establishments.

15th September 2016 by Marty Dunlop

Learning about philosophy and finances is far more relevant and important.