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ashrelocate
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MaxLascombe
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Should schools refrain from promoting religious equality

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MaxLascombe
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/6/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ashrelocate

Pro

People should be allowed to be themselves in the place they go to learn.
MaxLascombe

Con

As my opponent has not put forward many arguments yet, I will refrain from making my post too long.

I believe that schools should promote religious equality.

I will start by countering my opponent's argument.

1. "People should be allowed to be themselves in the place they go to learn."
Promoting religious equality does not mean you cannot be yourself; it only means you will be treated as any other person from any religion would, but I do understand what you mean. In a school where religious equality is promoted, a student will not be allowed to wear distinctive religious dress, etc. I do not believe that this is a problem, but rather a good thing. Already there are many debates on whether or not school uniforms should be mandatory, as this would solve some problems with fitting in, maybe bullying, etc. Should we really add another thing for which students will feel/be different than others?

When I say this of course, I don't mean students can't have a religion. I just believe that if they do not act differently because of their religious beliefs, students may feel more inclined to interact with each other, regardless of religion. We do not live in a perfect world, and certain people may discriminate others, maybe not even intentionally, because they have a different religion.
Debate Round No. 1
ashrelocate

Pro

ashrelocate forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Con

As my opponent has forfeited his round, I will use this round to elaborate on my points.

1. There have been many cases of discrimination in education due to beliefs
Although laws exist so that students of different religions have to be treated equally by teachers, school staff and other students, it happens very often that students are discriminated because of there beliefs.

I would also like to correct something I said in my previous argument which was false. I said that "In a school where religious equality is promoted, a student will not be allowed to wear distinctive religious dress, etc." According to the American law, this is actually false: "Individual student expression may not be suppressed simply because it is religious." and "Schools may not discriminate against students who wear religious clothes or head coverings." A school promoting religious equality is therefore only promoting the student entente.

Sources:
http://www.justice.gov...
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk...

Since my opponent did not show up to counter my arguments, I did not have much to say. I hope he will be joining us for the next round.
Debate Round No. 2
ashrelocate

Pro

ashrelocate forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Con

My opponent having once again forfeited his round and having already put my points forward, I have nothing more to say.
Debate Round No. 3
ashrelocate

Pro

ashrelocate forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Con

"My opponent having once again forfeited his round and having already put my points forward, I have nothing more to say."
Debate Round No. 4
ashrelocate

Pro

ashrelocate forfeited this round.
MaxLascombe

Con

It is too bad my opponent did not show up for the debate as many interesting arguments on both sides could have been made.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by themohawkninja 3 years ago
themohawkninja
I might accept the debate... if you finish (and spell-check) the title.

I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that the title is supposed to say: "As an effort to bring anyone religious equality, American public schools should refrain from promoting evolutionism-only courses".
Posted by Vishva 3 years ago
Vishva
What do you mean? I want to accept this debate, but I do not know what your topic means so i am hesitating.
Posted by Matt_L 3 years ago
Matt_L
Could you restate your topic please? I'll probably accept your challenge, I just want to be sure I understand it first.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made no arguments and forfeited, losing arguments and conduct. I think the Pro case is that there are bizarre religious cults that practice horrible things, and that should be said. Official PC rules in California forbid saying anything bad about any religion. That's nuts.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro had an interesting topic, but he didn't see the debate through.
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Reasons for voting decision: The whole argument presented by Pro was based on an opening statement that was poorly constructed followed by forfeits. Clear winner here is Con.
Vote Placed by gordonjames 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Mostly FF I think it would be important to define "religious equality". Some think of it as freedom of religion while showing respect for people of differing faiths. Some places promote it as "freedom FROM religion" where you are expected to keep your views to yourself.
Vote Placed by Roasted_Marshmellow 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeited => Bad conduct, Spelling and grammar, non convincing argument, and non reliable source.