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08-02-2015, 11:47 AM
Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
This happened a long time ago in like 5th or 6th grade, so I'm pretty fuzzy on the details, but I definitely remember having an assembly in the school lunch room where students brought their parents in to talk about various holidays that they celebrated. One girl's mom talked about the history of Kwanzaa, some kid's parents talked about el Dia De Los Muertos, and a Jewish kid talked about the "history" of Passover. This is when it got a little weird. At the end of the talk, they brought out a Seder meal and invited everyone to take part in it. They didn't pray or anything, but still it felt kind of wrong that they were encouraging kids to take part in a religious ritual in a public school.

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08-02-2015, 12:09 PM
RE: Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
That just sounds like religious cultures experience.

You got to taste some free food and learned a little bit about the religious customs of other people.

As long as one religion isn't favored over the other and you're not expected to memorize any of it for a test and it only happens once a year, I don't have much issue with that.

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08-02-2015, 12:14 PM
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I remember assemblies that had speakers who gave explicitly Christian messages. I can't recall any details, but I know that I was happy about it since I was a Christian at the time.

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08-02-2015, 12:37 PM
RE: Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
When I was in primary school, we recited the Lord's Prayer each morning.

I don't remember in what grade we stopped.

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08-02-2015, 12:55 PM
RE: Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
When I was in primary school a catholic priest gave lessons in "Religion and Ethics".

Which I think is still being done in several of the ass-end countries of Europe.

Such as Austria, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria.

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08-02-2015, 12:59 PM
RE: Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
Yes... It's compulsory in British schools.

We had prayers at the start of the day, before lunch and before we went home. Plus an assembly on Friday afternoons.

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08-02-2015, 01:10 PM
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(08-02-2015 12:37 PM)Chas Wrote:  When I was in primary school, we recited the Lord's Prayer each morning.

I don't remember in what grade we stopped.

Also, the school assemblies and concerts at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter were pretty overtly religious.

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08-02-2015, 01:15 PM
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08-02-2015, 01:21 PM
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(08-02-2015 11:47 AM)cactus Wrote:  This happened a long time ago in like 5th or 6th grade, so I'm pretty fuzzy on the details, but I definitely remember having an assembly in the school lunch room where students brought their parents in to talk about various holidays that they celebrated. One girl's mom talked about the history of Kwanzaa, some kid's parents talked about el Dia De Los Muertos, and a Jewish kid talked about the "history" of Passover. This is when it got a little weird. At the end of the talk, they brought out a Seder meal and invited everyone to take part in it. They didn't pray or anything, but still it felt kind of wrong that they were encouraging kids to take part in a religious ritual in a public school.

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Actually what they did at your school sounds better to me.

We had a few Jewish kids at our school were sometimes picked on. It might have gone a long to end that.

Honestly, I think what your school did was neat. Smile


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08-02-2015, 01:24 PM
RE: Have you ever been asked to take part in a religious ritual at a public school?
(08-02-2015 12:37 PM)Chas Wrote:  When I was in primary school, we recited the Lord's Prayer each morning.

I don't remember in what grade we stopped.

When I went to a religious Christian grammar school. Each morning we said the pledge of allegiance to the Christian flag, the bible and then the American flag.

I remember thinking it felt odd that the American flag was last.


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