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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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Church and State, Religion in School... What is YOUR View?
Church and State, Religion in School... What is YOUR View?
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| Considering The Fact We Have Students Graduating High School That Read At... ||Aug 21st. at 2:58:41 am EDT|
|Brandy (Lehigh Acres, Florida US) ||Age: 24 - Email |
Considering the fact we have students graduating high school that read at a third grade level or lower, the last thing teachers and administrators need to worry about is if little Johny has said his prayers. Its pointless to post the ten commandments if the kids can't read and comprehend them .
I remember being in the 8th grade, labeled "satanist" because I wore pentacles and I listened to a certain type of music. Teachers, students and even the school resource officer threatened and harassed me. The resource officer made a point to make me aware of the fact he kept his gun loaded. I would walk by him in the hall and he would put his hand on his gun holster, to intimidate me. I wasn't a trouble maker, but apparently I was a threat. One teacher teacher told me to go to the bathroom while the class took yearbook pictures, because I wasn't the type of student they wanted representing the school. The reason why i'm mentioning this is because students of minority religions deal with this all the time. Once a label is placed on you its hard to remove it, especially when nobody is willing hear your side of the story.
Putting christian prayer in school and posting the ten commandments is a slap in the face to every parent who has made a conscious decision to raise their child in a religion that isn't mainstream.
Religion should be taught by parents , not by overwhelmed, underpaid and unfortunately for some under-skilled public school teachers.
| Merry Meet, I Personally Only Wear A Crystal, Which Symbolizes Being A... ||Aug 21st. at 2:58:16 am EDT|
|Alantis (Earth, Nevada US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Merry meet, I personally only wear a crystal, which symbolizes being a witch to me, outside my doors because I know that anything else would deem me as a freak. Sure it is unfair that pagan children are not allowed to wear there relgious symbols and I'm not sure we should just lay down and take it but if you go after schools for telling children that they can't wear pentagrams perhaps you should also get the wiccan rede or the 13 principles of belief posted beside the 10 comendments.
Being a witch is a very personal thing, at least to me, so perhaps instead of placeing our children on the front line we could help them find a personal symbol that stands for witch for them and we can pick our battle else where. Besides, unbeknowst to most 13 year olds, you can be a witch and never have worn a pentagram in your life.
Blessed is the journey
| Religion Has No Place In Public School. If I Wanted My Child... ||Aug 21st. at 2:20:33 am EDT|
|Silver (Austin, Texas US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
Religion has no place in public school. If I wanted my child instructed in religion -- ANY religion -- at school, I would send him to parochial school.
| I Think In School, Everybody Should Be Allowed Their Religious Symbols, Or... ||Aug 21st. at 12:46:37 am EDT|
|Mita Sanura (Auckland, New Zealand) ||Age: 12 - Email |
I think in school, everybody should be allowed their religious symbols, or no one should. I go to a school that dosn't allow any, and that is fine. Religion and school don't need to mix. However, if a school will allow religious symbols, that is fine too, you can show your religion if you want. But they should allow all, not just the religions they find acceptable. Not permmiting some symbols, whatever religion, is discrimination.
| If America Is Going To Harp On About How Wonderful And Diverse... ||Aug 21st. at 12:30:37 am EDT|
|Zoe Vixen (San Francisco, California US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
If America is going to harp on about how wonderful and diverse and FREE it is, and other religious paraphanalia is allowed on school property, than pentagrams should be allowed as well. All or none. Anything else is nothing more than simple discrimination. If the roles were reversed, how would christians feel about having their symbols regarded in such an adolescent manner? Or perhaps, considering this discussion revolves around our places of learning, the topic should be more concerned with the UNDERSTANDING of the pentagram. It speaks volumes about a group of people when instead of choosing to educate themselves about a subject before condemning it, they choose to blindly hate. Talk about sheep. We don't live in a democracy. We live in a hypocracy!
| I Live Up In Canada And Go To A Catholic High School... ||Aug 21st. at 12:17:06 am EDT|
|Autumn Rain (OrlŽans, Ontario CA) ||Age: 15 - Email |
I live up in Canada and go to a catholic high school. I would go to a public one but my parents would rather I didn't. At first my teachers didn't have a problem with my wearing a pentagram some even talked to me about it but they didn't mind at all. I had even brought a "wiccan Book" because I didn't have time to go to my locker) to a class and when the teacher saw it he said that it was a "every interesting subject" and said it without being sarcastic. but then we got a new vice principle and things changed. I think that since I do go to a catholic high school I should ably to there rules of not wearing a pentagram because it is a catholic high school. I still were one but it's not very noticeable. I don't on the other hand being told that I'm a freak and I'm going to hell for worshiping the devil. If they simply ask me to remove it I would gladly do it. It is after all a catholic high school.
If I were going to a public high school I believed that if they band the pentagram they should also band crosses and the six pointed Jewish star. They shouldn't have prayers though nice thoughts of they day are nice as long as it doesn't contain words of prayer to the Christian god. Or they could simply allow pentagrams. Why should "mainstream religions" get more respect? Be allowed to express them selves as they please. we should all be treated the same no matter your race religion and so on. So my point in all of my rambling either allow all religions in schools and give them all the same respect or keep them completely separate (for public schools any way's)
| I Think They Should Be Keep Completely Seperate. There Is No Need... ||Aug 20th. at 11:57:26 pm EDT|
|Ema (Nathalia, South Australia AU) ||Age: 14 - Email |
I think they should be keep completely seperate. There is no need for religion in schools.
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