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Posted 12/10/16
so i heard the other day American schools have nothing religious in them (public schools) and that surprised me alot.

Here in Australia we had and optional religious class in public primary school (no reason for it not to be there it wasn't forced or shoved down throats i enjoyed it as it allowed me to experience a belief system other then my own)

But i understand why people wouldn't want religious classes in schools but i also heard you guys don't have Chaplains.

Is that true? i mean at my highschool we had a Chaplain who ran a religious club / safe area (nothing to do with sjw it was to escape bullying heck i used it a few times we played board games etc was fun) and a breckfast club (basically fed people who didn't eat breakfast or couldn't afford to i know i used to go there for noodle soup :).

Do Americans really have none of that..... i couldn't imagine not having someone like that in my school it was one of the positives.

I talked to the Chaplain about science etc and she was accepting that i didn't share the same beliefs or others didn't and never shoved her beliefs down peoples throats she was just there to help people and listen to them and give a place for those who are bullied or want to go somewhere to pray.




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yap, true and i dont even know what a chaplain is
Posted 12/10/16
Nah. Liberals killed that off long ago.
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I can't say anything concrete about the US but seeing as it's usually pretty consistent with Canada it may be worth noting that here we don't have Chaplains in public schools most of the time, but you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one that does if you want. We also usually keep the optional religious classes, especially in larger schools.
Posted 12/10/16 , edited 12/10/16
I happen to live in a very liberal area truth is i can't put a Trump sticker on my car or even have the christian fish- logo
right due you know why? cause here in my neighborhood they would scratch my car or maybe worse!
I have to take caution when i go downtown thats right cause i'm sure there will be protests down there! my fav chinese restaurant is downtown and i have to avoid it.. till things cool down this is what America has become a place where you are chastised for having a different
belief that does not follow the trendy norm? sad times ahead.
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When i was in school, kids had the choice of visiting a local church. I don't know if they do that anymore, as I haven't been to school in like maybe four years?
Posted 12/10/16
Kids can't even sing Christmas songs in many schools in America these day. Religion is only brought up when the teachers are mocking it.
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I guess it depends on the school? I'm pretty sure we sang Christmas songs in like elementary?
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^^I do enjoy a good religion joke
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On another note a bit of topic
does this offend you?

the atheist in our city fought to have the nativity scene taken down keep in mind christmas is a Christian holiday.
what i find hypocritical is that in N.Hollywood they can fly their rainbow flags all over or the Jews have there star? Like i said America
is going down a very bad path.

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Back when I was in school (a very long time ago) the only religion we had was in a History class, where they sparsely covered perhaps eight of the most popular ones, but only from a viewpoint of how they each affected history. I remember almost nothing of what exactly was covered, though; too much time has passed me by.

I don't remember the year it happened, but I do remember being in class one year, and having it explained that the phrase "under God" was being removed from the daily pledge of allegiance.

I kind of wonder if schools still do the Pledge every morning...or have occasional nuke drills, for that matter. We had those, too.

There were parochial schools available at the time, to people who wanted to have daily classes and prayer/mass adherence to Catholicism, but those weren't "free"; parents had to pay tuition to have their children attend them.
Posted 12/10/16

MysteryMiss wrote:

On another note a bit of topic
does this offend you?

the atheist in our city fought to have the nativity scene taken down keep in mind christmas is a Christian holiday.
what i find hypocritical is that in N.Hollywood they can fly their rainbow flags all over or the Jews have there star? Like i said America
is going down a very bad path.



Where is the baby jesus and mary in that pic? They were probably stolen by an atheist.
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We don't have it as part of the class, but we do have some sorts of "Christian Clubs" or whatever that have things like that. I'm an atheist, so I wouldn't know.

Personally, I think it's not really a big deal having religion in school, as long as it's optional and outside of school hours.
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MysteryMiss wrote:

On another note a bit of topic
does this offend you?

the atheist in our city fought to have the nativity scene taken down keep in mind christmas is a Christian holiday.
what i find hypocritical is that in N.Hollywood they can fly their rainbow flags all over or the Jews have there star? Like i said America
is going down a very bad path.

and you can set up a nativity scene in your own back yard....a very bad path clearly.
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I don't think so.

I went to a private Christian school though (protestant and non-denominational), so the prospect of "non-religious schooling" is actually kind of foreign to me.

Being a religious school, there was a "chaplain" in a sense. Although, he was just the pastor of the church there. Actually, multiple different pastors were teachers as well. And every Friday, first period was basically a religious service (albeit without communion).

So what you're talking about might not exist in the public education system, but it can in private schools. Having the option might be good, I think. In that sense, I think public schools should stay secular.

I actually enjoyed it, and felt like I got a better education than my peers in public school, ironically. You'd think a religious school would be "backwards", but math is math, science is science, and English is English anywhere you go.
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