Crucifix in classroom

Italy
March 29, 2007 5:37am CST
Here in Italy political people doesn't want the crucifix in classroom because could be not good for the people of other religions. I think it's not a great idea. Italy is the state of the Church (there is the Pope here in Rome), and so Catholic religion is a tradition and we can't forget it. A lot of time ago, when Italy was not a state, but there were a lot of states, in the centre there was the state of the church. Now there isn't it, Italy is a state and it's right, but in classroom must be the crucifix because it is history and tradition of Italy. And Italy is a Catholic state. However, I know if we go to one of the states of other religions, we see something about the religion of that state, but it's normal. And who comes in Italy knows that there are a lot of Christian signs. What do you think about it?
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@demo3424 (599)
• India
29 Mar 07
Italy is a Catholic.it should allow crucifix in classroom.Catholic religion is a tradition in Italy so they should not follow their communist political people
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Hey SF I think if you want to keep your religous beliefs as part of your school start fighting for it before some lunatic like that atheist lady here in the USA comes along & helps take away the right for your children to learn what your country was founded on. +'s 2 U
• Italy
2 Apr 07
Italy isn't the state of Church, Vatican is the state of Church. Everywhere in Italy there are sings of the past and catholicism: churchs, paintings, buildings, somehow the italian culture it's plenty of Vatican influence. But Italy is a lay state and public school has to be lay. In some country religion leaders use influence on political matters, but usually that brings a lot of problems. Religion it's a personal matters.
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
1 Apr 07
While it is important to respect all religions, I see no problem in havein a crucifix hangin on the wall. If they was makeing all kids say the Hail Mary prayer, then i could see why that would be an issue but just havein it on the wall is not forcing religion on anyone. Like you said, it is part of the history of your town. So as long as it is being left up as historical reminder & not as saying "if this isnt your religion, you're going to hell in a hand basket" then they should just leve it alone.
30 Mar 07
Personally, I am not a religious person, but I don't see why there shouldn't be crucifixes in classrooms. If it is the tradition of the country, then there is no reason why there shouldn't be reminders of your country's heritage. In the UK we are constantly reminded of the monarchy, but that doesn't mean that everybody is part of that following, it is part of my country's history and I don't see any reason why that should change. I think it's the same with your situation, there is no reason why anybody who is not catholic should be offended by these crucifixes, they know the history of your country and it can't be changed!
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I hope that in your country you will be able to keep crucifixes in classrooms. These anti-religious people should be examining their own anger, and questioning just why it is that they hate their own Creator and all of the signs and symbols we use to remind ourselves of him.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Yes Catholisism is the main religion in Italy, but don't you think it's a bit egocentric to think you are the only religion. On top of that I have friends from Italy, who by birth are catholic, but couldn't tell you the first thing about it. they are so not religious. So it goes both way. A tolerant society is a happy society.
@farnix (52)
• Singapore
29 Mar 07
Well, the facts are that religion and politics can't go hand in hand. Especially when it comes to subduing one for the other(s), one good example is the Crusade. I do think that the crucifix must remain in all christian and catholic schools, may be it's okay not to have them in public government schools. The Crucifix is the one true common symbol of Christianity and the reminder of God's Love for us. If the government does enforces that it should be also removed from the catholic schools, then you have all reason to stage a protest. And I bet the Pope would support.
@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
29 Mar 07
If the school is funded by the Catholic church then by all means it should be allowed to have a crucifix in the classroom. But if the state pays for the school I think not because Italy is now a multi-cultural society.