By The National Secular Society
The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.
A number of parents from Wales have contacted the National Secular Society (NSS) complaining of “excessive worship”, with reports of children being made to pray up to four times a day – without parents being informed.
Stephen Evans, NSS campaigns manager, said the imposition of worship in schools is causing a “moral dilemma” for many parents who don’t want a Christian upbringing for their child, but at the same time don’t find withdrawal an acceptable solution due to the emotional upset this causes for very young children.
Mr Evans said: “We are increasingly hearing from parents concerned about proselytising within their children’s schools, often in the form or excessive worship or assemblies being led by priests or evangelical groups. The obligation on all schools to provide a daily act of ‘broadly Christian’ worship is clearly providing a foot in the door for individuals and organisations with evangelistic intentions.
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