Student Crucified Over Crucifix In British School

This one earns the Officially Screwed label. A school in Britain has banned a girl from wearing her crucifix and chain.

A school provoked fury last night by ordering a devout Catholic schoolgirl to remove her cross necklace because it posed a health and safety risk.

Teachers demanded Samantha Devine remove her chain and tiny crucifix despite allowing Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear symbols of their religion.

Her family have vowed to fight the decision “all the way” claiming it discriminates against Christians.

I think that this school has one hell of a fight on it’s hands. But mark my words, I have a feeling that the student will lose and that the price will be that other religious wear must also be foregone. i.e. no more Kirpans, no more turbans, no more headgarb for Muslim females, no more yamakas, etc.

I am reminded of my years in highschool where I too was asked to remove my chain and crucifix. For me it only happened when I played in highschool basketball games and practice. I was asked once to remove it during a highschool soccer game but wore it for the majority of games and practices. (without incident I might add).

I understood the safety aspect in a sport or when in shop class, but I see no problem with a student wearing a chain with a crucifix in regular class. Although I am still not sure about Kirpans.

h/t to Backseat Blogger

3 thoughts on “Student Crucified Over Crucifix In British School

  • January 16, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    All the kirpans Ive seen are about the size of a butter knife ,and just about as lethal, some are sown into their sheath, and can’t be removed.The purpose of the kirpan is in the wearing of it not the size or functionality of the blade.most schools restrict blade sizes already, so no problem.

  • January 16, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Bhinder (#1) I’ll assume your remark means you are all for this girl wearing her crucifix to school without getting hassled.

  • January 16, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Right .The prime concern should be safety.However in the case of full face veiling other concerns arise such as interpersonal relations, particularly student-teacher.Imagine trying to connect to a class room full of apparant polling booths.

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