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A fairly recent paper put out by the United Nations Committee on the rights of the child has cast the act of taking one’s child to church or a school’s insistence that they partake in Christian daily assemblies, as a violation of their human rights.

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The recommendation is basically putting teaching kids Christianity, on the same level as child labor and any number of other terrible human rights violations.

The report produced by an 18-person group of “independent experts” of “high moral character” including representatives from Bahrain, Russia and Egypt, called on ministers to repeal a law demanding a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it may contradict a child’s “freedom of thought, conscience and religion”.

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The proposal that teaching kids Christianity violates their human rights, is just one of 150 recommendations where Britain could be violating the U.N.’s charter on the Rights of the Child. The section of the report being referred to read;

“The Committee is concerned that pupils are required by law to take part in a daily religious worship which is ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’ in publicly funded schools in England and Wales, and that children do not have the right to withdraw from such worship without parental permission before entering the sixth form.”

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Adding that;

“The Committee recommends that the State party repeal legal provisions for compulsory attendance at collective worship in publicly funded schools and ensure that children can independently exercise the right to withdraw from religious worship at school.”

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In Britain, parents can already withdraw their children from collective worship, but the committee wants children to be able to act independently of their parents. Critics have dubbed the demand as “ludicrous” and have suggested that an appropriate response by the government, would be “respectfully” putting the report “in the bin”. Parliament Minister David Burrowes told The Telegraph in response;

“The collective act of worship is not an indoctrination exercise. It is recognizing and respecting the Christian heritage of the country and giving people an opportunity to reflect before the beginning of the day”.

The report also called on the British government to protect children from being smacked or beaten by parents as it urged a tougher line on domestic abuse.