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Should We Allow The Lord’s Prayer In Our Schools?

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Posted March 7, 2008 by jim young in Education
Should We Allow The Lord's Prayer In Our Schools

– by jim young

You’ve seen them. Emails abound that complain about taking the Lord’s Prayer out of our schools.

This is often done under the guise that we seem to be letting the minorities dictate our new policies.

The most popular remedy in these emails seems to be to allow the students of different religious faiths to leave the room while Christian religious prayers are being held.

I remember when I was in High School we had a Jehovah’s Witness that was excused from the classroom for morning exercises each day while the rest of the class stood for O’ Canada and then recited the Lord’s Prayer. I felt sorry for her. I can only imagine the embarrassment that she must have endured having been singled out so. Isn’t this segregation? Is this what we really want for our children?

I didn’t agree with her religious beliefs at the time – but I always held a great degree of respect for this young lady for having the courage to not compromise her religious beliefs. Wasn’t it Voltaire who once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”?

And in Canada today, if those of non-Christian faiths were excused from the classroom while the Lord’s Prayer was being recited, you might be surprised to see a mass exodus of the classroom while the halls were filled to capacity.

It’s very possible that in fact, Christians are the minority.

And I don’t understand why Christians feel so threatened about these changes in the first place. Do they really think that removing prayers from the schools will remove their god from their hearts? Seems to me that they can’t be very secure in either their god OR their faith.

I have never agreed with the Separate School System. Catholics are permitted to have their school tax contributions diverted to support what is essentially a private school system for – Catholics.

A Canadian Buddhist, Muslim or Hindu that wants their child to attend a “separate” school of their faith is not afforded the same privilege. They must cover the full costs from their own resources while their school tax contribution still goes to either the public or separate school system.

Doesn’t it just seem fair that everyone should be permitted to have their portion of school taxes diverted to the private school of their choice, be it a religious or any other private school? And if this cannot be accomodated then ALL school taxes should go to a single public school system that is offered to all Canadians regardless of their religious or economic background.

But in the meantime, here’s a solution for the Christians that complain that God has been taken out of the schools. Send your kids to a Catholic School. After all – the Catholics are Christians too, aren’t they? They can’t be all that bad.

Jeez – if the Christians can’t even work out their own differences and get along any better than that, what hope then do we have for a united country that is respectful and tolerant of all cultures that make up what should be this great country we call Canada?

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9 Comments


  1.  
    Holly

    I’m going to try to get the (Daily recitation of)Lord’s Prayer out of my son’s school (Saskatchewan) – any suggestions?




  2.  
    Jim

    Sorry – I don’t have an advice on how to go about doing this, Holly. But I wish you luck.

    Keep me posted on your progress. I’m sure others that have the same concerns will be interested in hearing how it works out for you.




  3.  
    Anonymous

    your so cool




  4.  
    Higzy

    Holly September 11th, 2009 7:51 am

    “I’m going to try to get the (Daily recitation of)Lord’s Prayer out of my son’s school (Saskatchewan) – any suggestions?”
    >
    Instead, why not place your son in a school where the Lords prayer is not recited and allow the Lords prayer to be remain where it has been long before you and your son came along? Find something better to do with your life. No disrespect, but people like you make me sick. Get a life.




  5.  
    Carver

    The lords prayer removed from schools. Let me ask a question. What good will this do?




  6.  
    Jim

    “Instead, why not place your son in a school where the Lords prayer is not recited and allow the Lords prayer to be remain where it has been long before you and your son came along?”

    Higzy – The point is, Holly doesn’t have that option except to send her son to a private school which many simply cannot afford. Why can’t she have her taxes diverted to a private school of her choice the same way the Catholics can so she can have that option?

    If the government is going to fund schools with taxpayer dollars for Catholics and Non-Catholic Christians, they have a responsibility to fund schools for all religous groups – with taxpayer dollars.




  7.  
    Jim

    “The lords prayer removed from schools. Let me ask a question. What good will this do?”

    Lessen religious discrimination and persecution, perhaps?

    I have often heard people say “What harm does it do?” in defense of keeping the Lord’s Prayer in schools. But that is a simplistic justification that has no weight to it.

    As author Dr. Harvy Cox once wrote, “Religion is the greatest formenter of hatred the world has ever seen.”




  8.  
    Higzy

    Let’s try to get rid of Santa at the mall next, and Christmas trees in our schools. LOL. You Sheeple make me laugh. You’re all puppets.

    Thanks4dalaffs.




  9.  
    Jim

    What does Santa have to do with Christianity? For that matter even the Christmas tree has non-Christian origins.





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