Amen, Woody. Those are the same feelings I have when I hear the reasons for
not allowing your children to read Harry Potter books because they might make
them want to be wizards. I guess it is just a lack of education that
prohibits them from understanding that their children can't turn into something that
doesn't exist. And it is a poor statement of their faith.
My main concern, if I made religious items with my students, would be making
sure that enough respect is paid for the religion from which the item came.
Whether I subscribe to the religion or not. Our students come from all over
and from a variety of religions. It is not our job to promote or demote any of
I do think it is sad that things have come to the point that recently one of
our social studies teachers was called down by a student in the class when
she began to describe Christianity after they had already studied Hinduism,
Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. He said "You can't talk about that in here." No
objection was made when discussing the other religions.
It is a minefield out there. And I am glad that I am now on the other side.