Der neue Kampf um den Religionsunterricht | Herald Scotland
The new battle over religion in schools – BY Judith Duffy, Sunday 9 June 2013
CHURCHES have called for „non-faith“ secular schools to be set up in Scotland in the face of growing demands to change the way pupils participate in religious activities such as prayers and services.
The issue has been brought into the spotlight by a petition which has been lodged at the Scottish Parliament, supported by Secular Scotland – a lobby group campaigning for French-style separation of church and state – calling for a system in which parents would have to choose to „opt-in“ if they want their children to participate in religious observance, for example in assemblies. Parents currently have the legal right to opt out and request that they do not want their child to do take part.
Secular Scotland, however, has emphasised that it wants teaching in the classroom on religious issues to continue on courses such as religious education. However, a separate petition to Edinburgh City Council by secularists is calling for an end to all religious observance in the city’s schools. In response to the moves, the Catholic Church and Free Church of Scotland have now said that secularists should set up their own „non-faith“ schools instead. ……………