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140 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Top 5 most outrageous ... · 2 replies · +12 points

I may not be American, but I am scared.

141 weeks ago @ Atheist Revolution - Before You Dismiss Bre... · 0 replies · +3 points

Technically, I think it would be Islamist, rather than Islamic terrorism. Although there is debate open on this distinction.
My recent post Government uses UK’s ‘Christian heritage’ to justify collective worship in schools

141 weeks ago @ Secular News Daily - Government uses UK’s... · 2 replies · +2 points

Speaking as someone who pulled out of assembly myself (I found a way of enabling this myself without resorting to my parent's involvement, although I forget the technicality I used to do so), I can personally state that children that are sidelined because of their positions against the broad nature of enforced religiosity, are shunned by virtue of the fact that they are not included. Whilst in my case, this was self-imposed, the school had no idea what to do with me during this time. I sat in the dining room doing the homework I should have done the night before.

My point is that, once extricated from such cultural ethnocentrism, you are not a part of the 'group', and are mocked and ostracised for that separation in other areas of your life. Children can be quite harsh, let's face it, so because those that are a part of the 'in-group' are force fed a broad Christian (in my case) rhetorical breakfast, they - like in so many other cases of youthful us-and-them scenarios - are ostensibly taught that anyone on the outside of that group is fair game and ripe for being singled out.

Imagine, then, if no assembly - religious in nature or not - were to become the norm. What would the effect really be? I doubt if any reasonable person thinks that this time should be spent doing something equally mundane, so the first benefit would appear to be more access to educational resources that have a real application in their education, rather than the current nebulousness of unfounded and loose spiritual assertions.

Secondly, it removes the opportunity for segregation full stop. Returning children to their classrooms where no such segregation (barring levels of competence) exists, means that all receive more education, and less opportunity to be divisive on personal matters that serve no educational function.

If it is right and proper that I, or my children, can opt out of assembly, then there must be something wrong and improper about its blanket application. The only reason that we hold onto it is for cultural Christianity's religious privilege - something that is inherently divisive and has no place in a representative society.