September 15th, 2010
04:03 PM ET
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Religious or not religious, if a nose ring is against a dress code, then 90% of the women in my country would be violating it.
This would not be accepted in most workplaces nor should it be at school. You are there to learn and get your education not express your religious beliefs. If you allow this than we must allow everything. Like a bone in the nose. Further distractions for teachers and students. This is as bad as the basketball player suing to wear her vail or whatever you call it on the court. One word: Uniform. Enough is enough
So no accomodations for Muslim students to pray several times a day?
How about those who object to dissection labs on grounds of conscience?
Fundamentalist kids whose parents want to pull them out of s-x ed classes?
Should both those groups automatically fail their Biology courses?
I think our schools could provide areas where students can pray. Small areas. A bit like hospital chapels. The area could be used by all religions. An electronic sign could inform the students, which god was ready to hear their prayers.
Certainly not every student needs to dissect animals, to receive a good education. We dissected a pig when I was a Sophmore in High School. Many of the prettier girls got sick. Oddly, the hefty girls seemed to enjoy the assignment. I never understood quite why.
S~x ed is actually easier to sort out. Only pretty students need to attend these classes. The ugly kids have natural immunity.
If this were a Christian fundie, and it was about wearing a cross, there would be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. There would be over 100 comments by now.
You are no doubt correct. And I bet many of those same people would have no objection to suspending a student for sporting a pentagram on their t-shirt.
I'll grant that the piercing is merely an asthetic concern, but I can understand the school's reluctance to set such a precedent.
Should Sikh sudents be allowed to carry a Kirpan to school?
Should Rastafarians be exempt from drug laws?
Are Gardnerian Wiccans immune to indecent exposure citations?
I should add that body modification is a part of certain religions, particularly indigenous ones. The nose stud alone is a part of Hindu culture. Dress codes have to respect that.
you aren't circ-umcised, are you, Frank?
Dress codes at school and places of work need to get with the times and allow people to have body mods if doesn't affect their work. What this really shows is a generation gap. Let people have their dyed hair, piercings and tattoos. It's not a big deal at all. If someone has a problem with it, then they need to work on getting over their prejudice.
I'd love to join that church! But... I'm not a fan of organized religion. I can agree with at least some of what they say. It's very Pagan, which I am.
We need to have freedom FROM religion in this country, as a secular country, France shows what seperation of church and state ought to look like.
God bless you Eddie! May you receive 72 virgins when it is your time.
Sure and we all know that France has NO religious tension AT ALL. Lalalalalala.
Just goes to show you, people love to create gods and religions.
Wasn't there an article a while back, about a boy who would not remove his cross for school? I think the court ruled he could wear his cross.
Wearing her nose stud and losing 75 pounds would do wonders for her low self esteem.
75 pounds? Jerk.
It takes more than weight loss or good looks to boost self-esteem. But I get where yer comin' from. It's hard to see people who need help when we have so very few ways to help them.
The moderator gods have been busy. Are there more cats missing in your neighborhood? Curious minds want to know.
Really? REALLY? Just because the government recognizes it as a religion doesn't mean anything. I could become an ordained minister in the time it takes to finish this post. I could create a religion around piñatas, and that the act of destroying them brings one closer to God. Religion...
Yes, yes you could. One feature of freedom of religion is it allows people to abuse that freedom. Like it or not, it doesn't give anyone license to ignore that freedom. Also, I would totally join that religion.
Fair enough. I think the government needs to create a new Nelson Law. Where in very specific situations, they're legally OK to point their finger and go, "HA HA!"
@Colin- I would get behind that law. As long as they do it on national television, so we could all laugh together
The Church of the Subgenius will make you an ordained minister for $30. And they guarantee eternal salvation or triple your money back!
If the government accepts this as a religion, the principal needs to quit implementing his own judgement of the religion's validity. As long as the girl isn't harming others or refusing to do her schoolwork, then this has no bearing on those issues over which the principal has a say. It's that simple.