This is something I saw someone else say in a different post, I noticed it because I was thinking about this the other day... I am an American, but I live in Europe. Most people in Europe these days are not religious, either they believe but do not practice very much or they are atheist and agnostic (which is the higher number in some countries here), yet there is religious symbolism everywhere - There are random statues of Mary or different saints along roads, near streams, etc., there are crucifixes everywhere too. I went to the Alps this summer and there were crosses on top of some of the peaks and cliffs, there was a crucifix along one of the paths and there was a very small group of elderly people having mass at one of the rest spots.
I was looking at a school website, looking at schools for my daughter, there was Church school and one that was not religiously affiliated, yet they had an official school prayer and bible classes... These things are not things you hear too many people raising concerns about, it seems an accepted part of the history, culture and traditions here. Everyone is exposed to prayer and religion in school, but they are raised by non-religious parents and most turn out to be nonreligious themselves, despite the fact that they had so much religion (Christianity) exposed to them in school. Why does it seem to be very different in America in regards to peoples attitudes about this?
Answer by gemgem at 2:27 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by JackieGirl007 at 2:32 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by JackieGirl007 at 2:35 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
the issue is where (and sometimes how, although free speech protects those people unless they're being violent) people are being exposed to it, not that they are being exposed to it.
Answer by tnm786 at 2:35 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
They preach tolerance, yet cannot show the same tolerance they are asking for
and in the same breath, turn around and call others intolerant when asked to take religious symbols off of city/state/govt establishments.
Answer by tnm786 at 2:38 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by JackieGirl007 at 2:39 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:39 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
tnm, you can't possible deny that there are those who are intolerant of religion?
i'm sure there are, never denied that. but i also see a lot of intolerance to those who have different religions or no religion at all. that was my point in the free speech/religion question.. where is the line drawn?
Answer by tnm786 at 2:42 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:42 PM on Oct. 30, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:47 PM on Oct. 30, 2011