State-endorsed religious discrimination 16/11/2003
This blogster doesn’t hyper-ventilate over God matters. We’re content to believe the basic credos of most religions are decent platforms on which to build law-abiding societies and that Judean-Christian guidance has led civilisation to enlightenment.
And dammit, I don’t know any seriously religious people who are not fine specimens of humanity. A bloke I work beside goes to the Praise The Lord Hall several times a week and I couldn’t ask for a friendlier, more helpful, interested and interesting colleague.
Anyway, despite all the huff and puff, separation of church and state is an ideal that will not be realised until churches suffer the same treatment at the tax office as secular organisations. And hear ye, brothers and sisters, dat ain’t about to happen, praise the Lord.
In the meantime, such trivials as religious symbols in state schools are best sorted at the local level, with a vote of parents if necessary.
To let the politicised bureaucracy decide such matters ends only in hypocrisy and deceit as exemplified in action by the loony left-controlled New York schools system:
Pursuant to New York’s policy, City schools display the Jewish Menorah and the Islamic star and crescent during Hanukkah and Ramadan, but not the Nativity scene during Christmas. One public school principal issued a memo encouraging teachers to bring to school “religious symbols” that represent the Islamic and Jewish religions. No mention of Christianity was made in this memo. At times, teachers would have students make the Jewish Menorahs that would often adorn the halls of the schools as part of the “authorized” displays. However, the students were not allowed to make and similarly display Nativity scenes. When a parent wrote to her son’s teacher to complain about this, the teacher responded by sending the parent a copy of the school’s “Holiday Displays” policy.