Friday 22 November 2019

On faith

• I wish to address John A Hession's letter regarding faith and schools (Letters, October 24).

Mr Hession, you say you taught in the US, then surely you know what you are saying is incorrect?

In a secular school you can certainly have people mention religious holidays, but you cannot have school-endorsed or led religious activity. That way, those of differing faiths or no faith do not feel left out.

As for a "Christian value system", do you mean bigotry and hatred against those who are different? Such as lambasting homosexuals as less then human?

Most of the criminals in the US are Christian, so, clearly, the idea that teaching Christianity makes a better person is erroneous.

At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their own belief system, and the acceptance of that should take precedence over the forcing of any one religion on people. As such, Ireland's move away from all-Christian schools is a move I and many others here welcome for our children.

Robert Dunphy
Address with editor

Irish Independent

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