NI family wins right to challenge law requiring Christian RE and worship in schools

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The High Court in Northern Ireland has granted a non-religious parent and child permission to challenge laws requiring faith-based Christian religious education (RE) and collective worship in all schools. Instead, they want the curriculum and school assemblies to be taught in a way inclusive of those of other religions and beliefs.

Northern Ireland Humanists campaigns for an inclusive curriculum that teaches non-religious perspectives on an equal footing with religions. It has welcomed the decision, saying that this could be ‘a landmark case for the rights of non-religious people’. The case will now proceed to full hearing on 22-23 November.