I have set up a petiton on the UK Prime Ministers website to abolish compulsory religious school assemblies in all state run schools.
If you live in the UK and agree please sign up and pass the word to friends.
You can see the petition at http://petitions.pm....v.uk/schoolassembly/
I have personally been affected by this. The rural area of the UK in which I live has predominantly 'church foundation' schools - many of which contractually require teachers to assent to teach children the christian faith - as a result I cannot complete their application forms without hypocrisy or stating that I cannot assent to their religious principles. These are state funded schools and children/teachers/parents in my area have no alternative but to bus their children up to 40 miles to find a non-denominational state school.
In theory teachers and parents can opt out of the religious practices of the school but realistically I cannot be employed in a school where I am unwilling to participate (most of the schools only have 2 or 3 teachers because of the size of communities they serve).