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Aphrael ([personal profile] silverthunder) wrote2013-02-11 11:27 am

Should children recite the Lord's Prayer at the start of every school day?

I saw this on Facebook recent - a graphic with only the above question on it. 'Like' for yes, 'Comment' for no.

I'm too chickenshit to response directly to the friend who posted it (he's someone I work with who I do not know very well), so I will do so here.

Short answer: no. I cannot believe this question is even being asked any more. Not because I hate Christianity, or hate Christians. Religion is important to them, and I can respect that. However, this is a problematic request for a few reasons.

Canada is a multi-cultural country. This means that we have people of various races, with various beliefs, living as citizens here and raising their children. Many of them are not Christian, and will raise their children under a different religion (or under no religion). Having a Christian prayer in school will give those children the impression that 'this is the NORMAL religion and mine is weird or different'. Also, I am certain that the families in question consider their religion as important as Christians consider theirs. Privileging one over the other as if to say 'this one is BETTER' is not right (at the very least, we shouldn't put this attitude in the heads of impressionable children).

For the record, stating that 'well, it's OUR country, not theirs, they should adapt to our culture or GTFO' is so wrong that I don't even want to address it. However, even if it were true, the Christian religion is not a part of the Canadian culture.

I know that Christianity is the majority religion and that it's become sort of second nature for many Christians to normalize it as a part of (everyone's) every day life. But religion really isn't something that should be broadcast far and wide in everyone's faces as if we all were a part of it (or should be a part of it). The forced normalization of the Christian religion - it being in your face whether you like it or not, being pushed as something we all need to adopt - is the reason why there is why so many people have such a negative attitude towards the religion in general (well, that and the prejudices). It comes across as smugly self-righteous and rigidly controlling.

In reality, religion is a personal thing, and each person has the right to his/her own belief system. It's fine to be open about it, but to push it onto others as the 'normal' or 'right' thing is obnoxious.

So... yeah, no thanks. Keep it out of the public school system, okay?

Thank you

[personal profile] ladycosmos 2013-02-19 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
I have problems with mass demonstration of faith no matter what the faith. It's so much a private thing I don't know why people bring it out in the open for comment. If you don't like it when people criticize your beliefs, don't put them out there for criticism. Not everyone is going to agree with everything you say so if you can't understand or accept that and move on, why try and force confrontation?

It's like a form of mini-Crusades in some ways. Everyone is trying to subdue other viewpoints by showing they're the majority but now fewer people have to die for those beliefs. So it makes it easier to attack people because it's about ideology and not about killing someone.

Basically, thanks for saying something in a way I couldn't say it. I've been seeing more and more "Like this if you believe/accept/love Jesus" posts on my FB wall lately and it's making me really frustrated because I feel as if I'm in a position where I can't say "Can you please stop posting these things all the time because I don't believe what you do but still want to keep up with important things in your life without having to deal with this shit?" without being attacked.