So, how has the scheme, which is being spearheaded by Deputy PM Nick Clegg, been going so far? Well, if you look at the "top rated" ideas, you can see that many people are taking it seriously, with top suggestions at the time of writing including repealing the unpopular Digital Economy Act, legalising prostitution and simplifying the tax system.
But naturally, any well-meaning online initiative such as this is open to abuse (I wonder, for example, how long it was live before someone suggested repealing the murder laws?), and I'm pleased to report that the jokers out there haven't disappointed. So we now find ourselves in a situation where the government is being petitioned to "Ban necro-bestiality" ("I don't want to have to worry about what some pervert might do to my cat when it dies"), and for "Keane to be declared enemies of the state and hunted down by Jesse Ventura like ‘The Running Man’".
There are also, of course, suggestions that lily-livered lefties such as myself will find somewhat unsavoury (so far I've spotted several "bring back hanging" suggestions, one for getting rid of gun restrictions, an appeal to castrate paedophiles and one to repeal the Race Relations Act) but, hey, I guess that's (online) democracy for you.
So as a humanist, what could you suggest (if banning necro-bestiality isn't enough for you, obviously)? Well, the British Humanist Association are suggesting that people put forward the idea of scrapping compulsory collective worship in state schools. Here's why:
- It forces young people to pray or worship in other ways, regardless of their personal beliefs
- It does not respect children’s and young people’s rights to freedom of religion or belief
- It does not recognise the plurality of beliefs in the UK
- The system whereby you can opt your child out of religious worship is deeply flawed in theory and practice
- Under 16s can’t opt-themselves out without their parents’ permission
- Inclusive assemblies are a better alternative and contribute more to well being and development.