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  •  A warm welcome from a fellow Christian Dem (10+ / 0-)

    And yeah, you're spot on.  Not to mention the fact that you may be teaching a bunch of non-Christians as well.

    Of course, you know what the fundies will say--those are false religions, so it's your duty to show them the one true path.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:29:11 PM PST

    •  Thank You (12+ / 0-)

      Exactly, I understand that some people are Atheist and I respect that is what they choose to believe. It is not my place or the government to tell people what they should believe. I can remember when I was in school around the holidays we would have a Christmas party and do arts and crafts. There was one boy who's family were from a different religion and he had to leave the room while we celebrating and that wasn't fair.

      •  I was in elementary school in the sixties and we (2+ / 0-)
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        had to have Christmas parties and Christmas caroling every year.  There were definitely many Jewish families in the town where I grew up, but never any public acknowledgment of Hannukah in schools or in public.  (There was always a huge creche in town square, probably until the 80s I think, when at some point, probably following lawsuits, it stopped being put up.)  

        Anyway the point is that it felt really uncomfortable for me to have to sing in those Christmas carols in school every year.  It didn't occur to me to sit out from them, nor to my parents to pull me out of them.  But I was deeply confused and worried singing them.  Would God be mad at me if I sang them?  Would I be betraying everything I'd been taught, by singing them?  My eight year old mind and heart were torn through this yearly imposition of Christian ritual on our public schooling.

        That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

        by concernedamerican on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:45:53 AM PST

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        •  Thank you for sharing (1+ / 0-)
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          your personal experience. I understand how that could be confusing to a young mind. It is like you are going against what you were taught and it felt wrong. That is why I am against prayer and religion in school. I would not want anyone of my students to feel that way.

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