DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not meant to start a debate or, even more so, offend anyone. It is not meant as a “for” or “against” statement, nor is it meant to imply intolerance or hatred toward anybody. This is merely to highlight the double standards that a lot of society seems to be offering and the imbalance of acceptance of various beliefs.
So, I’m just going to put this out there: WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN??!!
Australia is currently in the throws of the plebiscite about gay marriage. While there are so many controversial yet well-meaning points on the matter, I have noticed something big. Well, little, at the moment, but it will be huge down the track. You see, because religious groups are automatically being labelled as intolerant, unaccepting, and hateful bigots, children and adolescents are finding it difficult to identify as a believer in God. Firstly, how come it’s acceptable to call a Christian intolerant when people at the other end of the stick are being just that towards those who have a faith?
Anyway, through this whole process, our society seems to want to teach children to accept others for who they are, what they believe in, what they identify as, and their way of life. That’s fine, I don’t have a problem with that – I have always been taught to be accepting of all people and to invite all the kids in the class to my birthday party.
What I do have a problem with is this: as children are being taught to become more tolerant and accepting of these things, they are also subconsciously being taught to become less tolerant of other things, like Christianity.
If you haven’t already noticed (and you may not have, because it only happens once a year), Cadbury have removed the word “Easter” from their Easter eggs. There have been calls (although they have been removed…for now) to stop children handing out Christmas cards, singing Christmas carols or mentioning Jesus in the playground. As I understand it, this is so that nobody is left to feel like they are being pushed into a religion or a way of thinking.
But it actually goes deeper than that. You see, amongst these minor details in the adjustments being made in educational contexts are subliminal messages that breed intolerance towards the very religious groups that brought these traditional holidays to Western society. If it’s okay to call a Christian a bigot because they don’t necessarily agree with your life choice, why is it okay, then, to celebrate their traditions of Christmas and Easter? Aren’t you just as intolerant for not accepting that they, too, have a point of view?