A school in Australia is getting a taste of what it’s like in the U.S. when leaders do the right thing instead of following Christian tradition. At the Carrington Public School, in New South Wales, students will no longer recite the Lord’s Prayer and religious hymns on Remembrance Day (today). They’ll instead take part in a more secular service:
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs guidelines for Remembrance Day services suggest including hymns and prayers, but the Department of Education said Carrington Public School was following the wishes of parents.
“The overwhelming majority of the school’s families wish the service to be secular and the RSL has supported the school in its decision,” a spokesman said.
One parent with two children at the school, described the decision to ban prayers and hymns as “political correctness gone mad”.
“I am absolutely appalled. Prayers are part of a memorial service and we shouldn’t be constantly cowering to minority groups,” the parent said.
Prayers are part of a memorial service if you’re religious, but not everyone is. That’s what people like this parent never seem to understand or care about. If anyone wants to pray, they’re more than welcome to, but it won’t be forced on all students. It’s the smart thing to do, making the ceremony more inclusive of all students instead of catering only to Christians.
It’s time for other schools to follow suit.
(Thanks to Brad for the link)