08-21-2006, 10:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
"Cross" Banned From School - Crazy Secularism Just Cant Help Itsef.
Those crazy Secular/Humanist/Communist useful idiots are at it again.
The "cross" is tiny and completely appropriate.
That sucha thing can happen and get legs like this smells of a "testing the waters" exercise.
Anger At School Cross Ban
A TEENAGE Christian has been banned from wearing a treasured crucifix by her high school.
Jamie Derman, 17, said she was stunned when told she could be suspended from Sunbury Downs Secondary College if she did not remove it.
Her discreet cross was outlawed as part of the multicultural college's new rules on jewellery and dress.
But major churches were united yesterday in criticising the ban, with some saying it thwarted students' religious aspirations.
Ms Derman said she was being discriminated against and prevented from displaying her belief.
"'I am angry, confused and upset," the teenager said.
"I honestly believe I should be allowed to acknowledge (my Christianity).
"Being told to take it off hurts. It cuts really deep."
The cross, which she bought during a family pilgrimage to England, had immense sentimental value because she had lost her baptism gifts, Ms Derman said.
"I can't understand why it is not all right for me to wear a cross," she said. "I honestly felt like crying."
Her furious father, Gordon, criticised the school and said it was the equivalent of ordering a female Muslim student to take off a religious head dress.
"Nobody should take offence to anybody wearing a religious sign," Mr Derman said.
"She has a right to wear it. I believe it is discriminatory. If we had a Muslim girl come wearing a headscarf, nobody would say 'boo' about it."
"A reasonable demonstration of one's faith is something Australians should rejoice in," Bishop Prouse said.
"People's religious aspirations need to be respected."
Anglican Bishop John Wilson, bishop administrator of the Anglican archdiocese of Melbourne, said the wearing of a cross reminded Christians of their faith and could be a source of comfort and strength.
The Uniting Church also questioned the ban.
"Wearing discreet religious symbols is a normal part of life, " a church spokesman said.
Sunbury Downs principal Brett Moore said teachers had enforced a dress code policy instigated by the school council.
"It is not my decision, it is the policy," he said. "Necklaces should not be visible."
Mr Moore said the policy was supported by the majority of parents.
"The policy has been implemented. If the family wishes to seek an exemption there is a process by which that can occur."
Mr Derman said he had tried to discuss the issue with the school, but had not been offered any exemption.
The Department of Education and Training said it did not get involved in uniform policies.
A school's dress code was set by the school council in close consultation with teachers, parents and students to reflect the values of the school community, spokeswoman Lisa Mulhall said.
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