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"Religion Completely Taken Out of Schools?"

I figured since it's the holiday season and all, I'd go ahead and continue the festivities and the school board inconsistency themes. By the way, I'll have a special Christmas article on the 24th.

This week's soapbox isn't really a fault on anyone's part. But it IS an aspect of the school calendar which is surprisingly not attacked. In our school calendar, the only religious holidays observed with time off from school are Catholic holidays, such as Christmas and Good Friday. Hanukkah and other special days require passes from parents in order to take the day off.

I remember a case a long time ago involving a struggle to achieve religious freedom and equality in the U.S. The result of this stated that no religion shall be practiced more than others in schools (to be honest, I'm fuzzy on the details, but I remember learning about it in U.S. history class). Whatever it was, Catholic prayers were no longer allowed to be spoken over the intercom in public schools. Religious groups were forced to meet outside of school hours. I fully support this, myself. I don't follow any particular religion except the faith in myself, so I shouldn't be forced to say a prayer which I have no belief in.

Anyway, somehow, some fragments of school prayer remained in one form or another. Even some schools in the Deep South still have school prayer over the intercom. One family made a fuss about it, but the other families were too deeply religious to let their school prayer go. In a Texas school such as mine, the students are made up of all sorts of faiths and beliefs, but they are predominantly Catholic. And for some reason, Catholic holidays are recognized without any trouble, while others must go through a lot of red tape to miss school time.

I can see how they may allow this, seeing how most of the student body would want to skip school that day. Students of other religions surely wouldn't complain about missing school, and also, it would make little sense for a majority of the class to skip school for another religion's holiday.

The problem I have is that no one is contesting this favoritism with the same degree of vigor that people did in the past. Why is this? I have no idea. It just seems inconsistent for people to fight about religious equality and then suddenly stop when the favoritism sneaks its way back in...

I firmly believe that there's a simple solution to all this hype about school and religion. The two should remain separated. Schools are founded to teach our children what they need to know so that they are prepared for the real world. What they learn in school also benefits their minds, for it inspires creativity and hopefully will lead to a bettering of humanity. In no way should religion be involved with this. It's kind of like forcing a meeting full of AA people to become Democrats. They're there to cure their alcohol problem, not to solidify their political beliefs.

Again, I can sort of see how the school boards allow this sort of thing, but it doesn't make sense for no one to contest it. Oh well, I suppose it's good that people are so unpredictable. Certainly makes the chess game of life more interesting.


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