Originally Posted by guyabanao
My point is, there are so many other things that kids pick on - hair colour, skin colour, sexual orientation, but do we say 'oh sorry kid, but you have to stop being who you are at school'? No matter what YOU may think, banning religious symbols is still impeding free expression, no matter which way you look at it.
Offtopic. We speak about religions, not haircolors neither Skincolors.
It's the same principle that you're just trying to dodge because you know I'm right and you have no answer.
It IS an important Subject, thats why it must be banned from school, so that sutdents can go back to topic, means education and not religion.
Religious education. England is a secular country. The primary and secondary schools I attended had religious education lessons. Nobody picked on others because of their religions as a result of these lessons. They learned about other religions, one hour every week. They didn't become indoctrinated which you are implying they will. And they didn't stop their three science, English and maths lessons a week because of it.
As I mentionned already, there are places where you can practicise your religion. If one of my kids get curious about a religion, I will encourage him, find his believings. There is nothing wrong on that. I will not force him to accept my believings, that there is no god exisiting. God just exist inside of you, that's it.
You're missing the point. In religious education, you simply learn 'Hey, this is a Sikh, this is what Sikhs believe in', or 'hey, this is a Buddhist, this is what Buddhists believe in'. It's not like 'hey, this is a Jain, you have to convert just by being here'.
About school now, not directly but I can research.
But a good example was the british female soldier who had to carry a scarf on her head in Iran TV. And don't tell me now, she did it voluntary.
She was a prisoner
. I'm not condoning whatever happened to them, but you were talking about women going to college. Besides, the British naval officer doesn't even prove your point - you said 'she must also wear a veil (or even more)', she was wearing a headscarf. And she was a prisoner, not a schoolchild.
Good, feel free to express yourself, but keep your religion for yourself and in your heart. Don't display it.
That right there is impeding my freedom of expression. Why should people not display it? Because it offends you? I'm sorry, but that's just not the way freedom of expression works - it's not 'oh, you can say anything you like, but don't you dare say anything about religion'. That is ludicrous and I cannot for the life of me believe why people who claim to love democracy so much defend this impediment of freedom of expression. Democracy is fundamentally about choice
, not denying
people a choice. That's fascism.
Thats' your opinion and I respect it, but I don't share it.