Write to your MSP about My Beliefs, My Choice Campaign

Please help us change the law regarding Religious Observance in Scottish schools. Currently children and young people have no right to choose themselves if they have to attend religious worship or services during school hours.


Humanist Society Scotland and a coalition of other charities believe this is unfair and does not respect Young People's right to freedom of religion or belief.


By filling in your details below, you can send a letter to your MSP asking them to take action to change the law. You can add you own comments to the template letter in the form below.

Dear MSP,

As one of your constituents I am writing to you to urge you to help ensure that young people have their right to freedom of religion and belief respected in Scottish schools.

Currently young people cannot opt out of attending religious observance in Scotland's schools even where these sessions conflict with their own values or beliefs. The Scottish Parliament previously voted to support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, please ensure this happens in practice and not just in words.

As you might already know the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child have called on the Scottish Government to implement this change in religious observance opt out to bring Scotland into line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This change also has broad public support with independent polling research showing 67% of people in Scotland support respecting the right of young people to make their own choice regarding attending religious observance in school.

Please can you let me know your response and any action you have taken to forward this campaign.

Yours Sincerely

Please help us change the law by writing to your MSP to tell them you support the My Beliefs, My Choice campaign.

  You can add your own comments to the template letter using the box below which we will add to the template. If you are a young person you may wish to add your own personal experiences.

Thank you for your support for our campaign.