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?
Should school pupils be made to attend religious services?
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 isseeking a judicial reviewof 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.
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