Originally Posted by badhatharry
So there should be recognition of other religions in a Christmas pagent? What does it mean to 'push' the Christian religion in a Christmas play?
Also to Sulla:
Not in the pageant.
I suppose some people feel everybody should be free the practice their own religion but the state shouldn’t have any favourite among religions, or give any precedence to one over the other. Other people think the state, including public schools, should give precedence to the religion of the majority. I think that’s contrary to the principle of separation of church and state, myself. I see the role of the public schools as teaching respect for differences, and also assimilating children in the sense of teaching them the values of our society, at the same time.
I see a difference between culture and religion, although they overlap. Our cultural traditions come from many countries and religions. I would see the Christmas play or the Hallowe’en party as part of our culture, and something that can be celebrated in the schools, along with other traditions at various times, depending on the community. Preaching, spreading, promoting a particular religion belongs in the church, or other religious body, not in public schools, or political parties.
I don't know how much any of this has to do with religion, as such, though. It's probably an identity issue. I think for some people, Christianity and national identity are tied together. They aren't for me. But there other things that are tied to natonal identity for me, and I resent it when people don't respect those. So, I understand how people would feel if they see Christianity as part of national identity. I think this is a very emotional issue that's hard to talk about logically.