Religion and time off school....

March 6, 2008 4:29am CST
.... Before you read this please note that I am not trying to start an arguement or affend anyone or religion, but put a valid point across. My brother came home from school the other day and said to me why do muslims get extra time off school, I said what do you mean, and he said well they get time off over christmas the same as everyone else (Because we are a christians, and have christmas off) But they also get time off at Eed too, when we don't. I know that there are other religions that do this too. But christians seem to get less time off work / School than any other religion, here in the UK, even if you are not christian you get all the christian holidays off school / Work. But if you are christian you don't get eed off work or school. I said that I think people who arn't christian should be in school over christmas time, because they don't celebrate christmas. What do you think? Chris
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@Foxfire1875 (2012)
6 Mar 08
The fairest solution to this would be, that schools close for every religions holy day. I happen to think though that religion should be either kept out of school altogether and no-one gets time off for religious holy days or considering that wouldn't be popular, there should be a return to one religion schools. In the situation of a school being a very good school everybody wants to go but is one religion, then the pupil who doesn't follow that religion must come to school regardless of their religions holy day.
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6 Mar 08
I completely agree with you. I would prefere that, that way no one looses out, and you are going to the correct school for your religion. The other thing which I thought of was to have a mixed school, and for examply when its christmas, christians get time off, and the other religions have to go in, as normal, and they are taught by teachers of the same religion, which darnt christian, and the same when its another religions celebration, christians have to go into school as normal. Over here thats pritty much what happens anyway, except everyone gets christian holidays off, and christians dont get their holidays off, we still have to come into school. Chris
6 Mar 08
I think that happens because christianity has been the dominant religion in most western countries for quite a while, also we have all got used to getting christmas, easter etc as holidays regardless of being christian or not. I agree totally with you, I worked in a shop and there were 2 muslims who were allowed to not work Saturday as it was a holy festival, which annoyed me as I wasn't allowed to ever do that.
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6 Mar 08
Yeah, The post below shows another view which i didnt really see, as i dont work with anyone of any other religion. Me and my brother have only seen it in school. Where he just saw it as why are they getting more time off and I am not. (Me and my brother are not religious) Thanks for the reply, Chris
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@pumpkinjam (4753)
6 Mar 08
I remember a time when my mum had a similar argument. She worked at a playgroup I think it was. My mum had to work all the time the place was open but her Muslim counterpart could have extra time off. Now, we don't begrudge people celebrating their own religious holidays but there are Christians who work over Christian holidays, in the particular case with my mum, she didn't get any extra holiday to compensate for the extra time the other woman had. I agree that if say a Muslim gets their own holidays off and all the Christian holidays then everyone should get all the holidays although then nobody would ever go to work or school! Or a more sensible alternative to me would be that you choose which holidays to have off. Obviously it can be difficult in certain jobs because schools for example generally close for Christmas holidays and things anyway but I think if people are not prepared to work over their own religious holiday then they should make different decisions about where they go to work and school. My partner doesn't really want to work over Christmas but he chose a job which has to be done all year round so he does it. We are not religious but if we were then he either would not have taken the job or would not take time off for celebrations. I don't think there is any good reason to take time off anyway, people can surely worship and celebrate at any time of day.
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6 Mar 08
Thanks for the reply. I have posted the reply to this in the wrong bit, it is above! Sorry. But yeah i see where you are coming from with this. I DO think that needs something doing a bit. I used to joke with my dad saying that I am going to become another religion and stay in this country! Just so that I get time off school! lol Chris
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