Quote from smkoepke
exactly! i want to know what teacher or administrator had enough time on their hands to even open their mouths to get this "issue" going.
i have worked in the public school system before, and i don't know one teacher that would open he mouth to start a problem like this when 3 million other valid ones crop up each day!
well, I think that the issue happens when people are afraid of something that they dont know about... ie: a few years ago I was working, and my boss came up to me, and said 'Gee, I didnt know you were Jewish' (I USED to wear a tiny penticle necklace all the time. It is a symbol of my faith.) I corrected her and told her, I was not Jewish. She took a closer look at my necklace, gave me a funny, almost horrified look, and went to her office.
a few days later, I get written up for being out of uniform on a constant basis, due to wearing inappropriate jewelry. Mind you, my regional area is predominantly Roman or Irish Catholic... I am not. She told me quite brashly that displaying my symbol was innapropriate, as being a satan worshipper was not conducive towards being a good nurse... (mind you.. I am not a satan worshiper.. I practice Wicca, and am an ordained minister, not exactly the 'lets kill an animal for its blood so I can cast an evil spell' type of person.)
I ended up getting the union on my side as well as the ACLU in about 12 hours. it ended VERY quietly. Write up was removed... Manager had to go to classes on Tolerance. She also decided to make my life difficult(but, not so difficult in that she wasnt technically doing anything wrong.) for the few months till I left, which I did do, very gladly.
Sometimes I think we should set up a way in which we could all LEARN about everyone elses faiths... we dont have to believe in it... but, just get the facts straight, instead of making up strange things in our heads..