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The Injustice Of Religion In Public Schools. If Our School Is Supposed To Be Sectarian, Why Isnt It?

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Suppose you stand in the middle of a hallway during break, what do you see? Grade 8's madly running towards the cafeteria to beat the line up, the Student Council promoting its latest function, Grade 10's playing Hack-e-Sac, and the Grade 12's in a hurry to finish up their homework for next class. Now, look closer beyond the designer clothing, dyed hair, and glittery make up - into what we are, what makes us, and what rules we live by. Focus in on culture, focus in on nationality, for there is a dominance of neither one within public schools anymore; instead, it is a profusion of beliefs, attitudes, ethics and races. In such a varied community as Churchill, should religion have a place in it?In 1982, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect. Under section 2 of the Charter, Canadians are free to follow the religion of their choice. In addition, they are guaranteed freedom of thought, belief and expression. These freedoms are set out in the Charter to ensure that Canadians are free to create and to express their ideas, gather to discuss them and communicate them widely with other people.Does this also address the concern of freedom from one another?We must not forget that while our peers have an influence over ourselves, our mentors, teachers, counselors, and even the actions of the school do as well.'It depends on the circumstances', replies Matt Wan, President of the Churchill Student Council, 'everyone has a right to their own ideas - it doesn't mean that you have to believe in what I say. Everyone is free to say what they want. There is a difference between acceptance and the condoning of actions.'The provincial Government created The School Act requiring that all schools: "...must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles...The highest morality must be inculcated, but no religious dogma or creed is to be taught." The Board of School Trustees (the 'Board') subscribes to the principle of secular and non-sectarian public schools and directs that no religious indoctrination of any kind be permitted in the district's schools.Basically, there is to be no teaching of religion within the school- of any kind. Yet why are religious clubs permitted? Why are students allowed to 'god bless' other students in school? Would the same be allotted to those of Buddhist, Sufic, Jainism, Shintoist, Confucianist, or Taoist religion? And what about those of Islam in these times of so much bigotry and hatred directed toward those of that faith?Anita Takhar remarks: 'I don't like these Biblical allusions and references to Biblical history. How am I supposed to pick up on it if I'm not from a Christian background? - Religion should not be in the curriculum at all''Teaching religion in...

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