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Religious Tolerance.

Written by Vicelin on April 17, 2009
(Yea, two rants in a row, I've been feeling motivated lately).

Ok, granted this article is from almost five years ago, but the issue is still big.

In the article, it discusses how schools in France are trying to ban all symbols of religion, mainly Muslim head-scarves. I watched an ABC news special where one school principal in France said that the scarves should not be allowed because "they are a symbol of a submissive woman"; and the president of France himself says that no religious symbols, or even talk of religion, should be in schools, because religion should not be imposed upon our children in that form.

I must have missed the memo when teaching and imposing became synonymous with one another.

A lot of people will argue that religion should be left out of schools because it's the parent's job (ahem, choice), what religions their children are exposed to. I think a lot of us understand that most parents are against schools teaching religion because they feel that their sensitive, corruptible child is going to be indoctrinated into something that goes against their own beliefs (honestly, if there's another reason I'm missing, tell me, but as far as I'm concerned this is the only one).

I'm going to be very blunt. I think that taking every aspect of religion out of schools is bullshit. First of all, it's not telling our children the reality of things. Out in society, out in the world, no one is going to hide their religion, take down symbols of religion, remove their cross necklaces or take off their head scarves just for you to feel more secure. Second of all, I think that it is doing more harm than good because it isn't teaching a single ounce of religious tolerance, something that every person DESPERATELY NEEDS IN ORDER TO NOT BECOME A PRETENTIOUS BIGOT.

In all honesty, I think that public High Schools should have one, just one required religion course, to provide them with the facts and basic background information of the worlds most prominent religions. And I understand that this is essentially a Utopian dream, because tons of parents would whine and bitch and take legal action and protest until they are blue in the goddamn face, just to keep schools from "imposing religion" upon their children. Yet these same parents will not bother to teach their child about different religions on their own. Parents don't want to do it! But oooh, when the schools step in and say "oh, we'll educate them in it for you if you want, since this is kind of important", there is an outcry of "NO THAT'S OUR JOB WE'LL TEACH OUR CHILDREN RELIGION NOT YOU!"...BUT THEN THEY DON'T DO IT! !@#%$^%*

So many people can't grasp the simple concept that there is a huge difference between just plain teaching religion, and teaching religion with the intent to promote understanding and tolerance of religious diversity! Some people are just so convinced that a fifteen minute module on the history of a different religion is enough to convert a 17-18-year-old into some terrible cult involving the sacrifice of puppies and kittens or something! OMFG!

Ok. Ok. I'm calm. Perfectly calm.

That's it. All I wanted to say.

(PS: Tolerance FTW).

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Fri Apr 17, 2009 08:34 PM +

You earn a surprise sticker. You also earn a happy stick. Good blog. Presses Life.

:O :)

Fri Apr 17, 2009 08:43 PM +

Vicelin's blogs are always entertaining and very controversial. Except maybe that ball-joint doll one, about the controversy part.

Fri Apr 17, 2009 09:24 PM +


Fri Apr 17, 2009 09:40 PM +

Hey hey, animal sacrifices are a constitutionally protected aspect of religion in the United States.

Fri Apr 17, 2009 09:50 PM +

i agree.

Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:09 AM +

What i dont get is how allowing the head scarves would be imposing on other kids. I doubt these kids wearing the scarves walk around promoting Islam. People are stupid

Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:33 AM +

[pickone]All I'm going to say is Religion is stupid in general. No comment on anything else.,I lie.[/pickone]

Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:48 AM +

Without religion, nobody would have anything to look forward to after death; nothing to keep people from doing selfish actions.

Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:53 AM +

Fuck that, live your life.

Sat Apr 18, 2009 01:43 AM +

Vice, have you ever thought about joining any debate clubs?

Sat Apr 18, 2009 01:44 AM +

That's really stupid. I would love to take a class on religion, for the purpose of learning ABOUT it. And isn't "imposing" religion where the teacher would actually TELL the people what they should believe? Peoples' logic can be so faulty... .__.;

Sat Apr 18, 2009 02:08 AM +

I agree with Zhlink, Vice, you're really good at debating important topics, you'd be good as a lawyer. :O

Sat Apr 18, 2009 03:57 AM +

Don't blame us, our president sucks. :D
*is French*

Sat Apr 18, 2009 04:28 AM +

Eh, I don't care for religion. I only act like a radical priest to be funny at times (the kind that goes "PA-RAISE JESUS!!!"), but other than that that shit's boring.

Sat Apr 18, 2009 04:45 AM +

spygirl57 said: I agree with Zhlink, Vice, you're really good at debating important topics, you'd be good as a lawyer. :O

Or a Judge. I can see it all now..

Vice is preparing her final verdict.



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