Lent in schools is wrong when other children's religions (such as Jewish, Muslim, etc.) are not being taken into consideration at lunch. In my school they served fish on Fridays for the Catholic kids, but they never served any other form of meat for the other students. If you did not eat fish you were not offered another meat, you got pb and j or mac-n-cheese. These are not proper lunches in my opinion and it also very unfair. I felt as if MY religious rights were being violated because I was being forced to turn down meat. I feel bad for the school when my kids go to school. My children are to have a proper meal and if they do not want or like fish there better be another meat option available. My child should not be forced to pack a lunch either because the school does not want to accomodate for non Catholics. How do you feel about the schools not offering another form of meat?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:10 AM on Oct. 21, 2010 in Religious Debate
Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 9:12 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
Answer by SWasson at 9:18 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
Sorry--I can't back you up here. We're vegetarian, and except for the days that the school serves pizza, there are no vegetarian options other than PB&J--ever. I'd be glad if they did away with all of the meat dishes--it's kind of gross to think about decaying meat sitting around until lunch time when it's served up in a *splat!* on the kids trays. But, that's just me, I suppose, and I can't expect the school to change what it serves based on my beliefs and preferences for my children's diets.
By the way--my younger child who has autism does not ever buy her lunch in the cafeteria. I pack her lunch every day because I'm afraid that she would inadvertently choose a non-meat option and suffer for it (if one doesn't eat meat, the digestive track isn't prepared to break it down and can cause some intestinal distress).
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:20 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
Answer by makelineerror at 9:26 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
Answer by missanc at 9:13 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
Wow - that's a lot of animosity.
I agree that school lunches shouldn't be designed to accomodate the religious practices of a few children. I don't understand how your religious rights are being violated because you (or your kids) weren't offered a piece of meat over the course of 6 hours, but okay (are there religions that require meat consumption on that regular of a basis?).
As to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich not being a "proper meal" - it's what I pack for my kids every day because they don't like the hot meals served at school, with the exception of pizza day. Hasn't seemed to harm them yet.
Answer by Dr.Donna at 9:18 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
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