Salvation Army Told to Stop Rattling Collection Tins... It Might Offend Other Religions
After 130 years of raising money at Christmas time, the Salvation Army is now telling members to quit rattling their collection tins.It may offend other religions.
The Daily Mail reported:
For 130 years they have been part of Christmas, filling the air in towns across the land with music and carols. But one thing is missing from the repertoire of Salvation Army bands this year - the percussion of rattling tins. Members have been forbidden to shake their charity tins - even if it's done in time to the music - in case it harasses or intimidates people. One said she had been told it might also offend other religions.
Apparently it's offensive to some religions to be FORCED to hear the rattling of charity tins...
... and yet... it's NOT offensive to find Muslim Prayer Rooms in a mall? What's next... a mosque? And as one commenter mentioned HERE... how long before they stop serving pork at the food court to appease Muslims.
What about our public schools?
I find it offensive that one religion is getting more "privileges" than others to somehow avoid offending anyone from that religion. And yet I don't see any special places for children from other religions. The usual argument against this is that other religions don't have rituals that are performed in the middle of the day or need to be in private. So? You can't say you're being fair to all religions if you single one out and give them their own rooms and excuses to leave classrooms or take time out of their own education to go off and conduct religious practices. I seriously doubt that if I call my son's school and tell them he needs to leave the room at exactly 11:13am to pray that they will provide for it. Now, granted... he doesn't NEED to do that, so they could easily win the argument that he doesn't need to do such a thing.
The fact is... people are embarassed. They say that any child can pray over their lunch if they want, yet those who witness such an act feel uncomfortable and uneasy when they see it. I hear educators say that any child can conduct whatever type of prayer they need... they won't stop them. Really? I doubt that because if one of the teachers doesn't agree with what the child is doing, he or she will find a way... ANY WAY... to interupt that child and distract him from his prayer.
One school of thought (pardon the pun) is that by building these special rooms, they are protecting the individual (Muslims) from ridicul and helping those who are uncomfortable watching such religious practices (non-Muslims) not be offended. Well, that's just dandy. Let's see how many religions we can name that DO require the same type of seclusion and/or time to worship whatever god they worship. It isn't ONLY Muslims.
Either religion is or it is not allowed in our schools... you can't say it's okay for Muslims but not Catholics or Jews or Mormons or Budist or... sigh... you do it for all or you do it for none.