The beliefs in morality that cultures hold, although different from others, are just as equal in ethics as any other culture. Ethical relativists realize that what one culture considers as normal may be thought of as morally wrong by another because ethical matters are relative to the individual and culture. Cultural relativists have more of an open option of thinking their own opinion through their own cultural beliefs without supporting nor forcing cultural imperialism. They want to learn about other cultures and their ways of life, but they can hold an opinion about morality and ethics that come from being human and having human rights without imposing their beliefs on others. Cultural relativists accept diversity and strive to study it while ethical relativists do not think that there is a universal right or wrong and see ethics as relative.
Expressing religion in schools is unnecessary and can cause tension; therefore, it should not be permitted in public schools. Religion in public schools is unnecessary. It provides a conflicting viewpoint with certain subjects and separates some students based on a simple thing such as heritage. Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists Inc., says, “While federal and other guidelines [placed upon students regarding religion] may be technically correct, we have found that religious groups often interpret their tone and content selectively, seeing a ‘green light’ for numerous practices, some of which are constitutionally suspect” (Johnson). Open expression can create stress for the teachers who may have to make exceptions for certain rules or allow their students to leave class at certain times for religious reasons.
How many people would be offended? Would we be better off without it so that it doesn’t cause controversy? The problem is can we truly answer any of these arguments without the opposite side disagreeing? Many of these questions are rooted from the same controversy that is happening in schools today. Aside from the separation of church and states comes one of the vastly debatable topics of education allowing religion which is prayer in school.
In some cases, it may hinder the students moral and civic skills by not allowing the student learn how to determine his/her own moral skills. And with civic skills, it would be not being able to learn things outside of his/her own religion. It affects parents, students, teachers and the community. If educational freedom was allowed, then it would be very hard for a teacher to incorporate different things into his/her lessons and to make sure they do not use such things that come into conflict with each and every one child’s religious or moral beliefs. As stated in a source, The Amish do not agree with formal education after the 8th grade year (Gryphon and Meyer 2003), and this is a case where it would hinder the education of children and where the child would not have to attend school.
Thus, the only time a person can be sure he is right is if he is constantly open to differing opinions; there must be a standing invitation to try to disprove his beliefs. Second, there is the criticism that governments have a duty to uphold certain beliefs that are important to the well being of society. Only "bad" men would try to undermine these beliefs. Mill replies that this argument still relies on an assumption of i... ... middle of paper ... ...s beliefs are not reflected in their conduct. As a result, people do not truly understand the doctrines they hold dear, and their misunderstanding leads to serious mistakes.
Schools are a part of the public where as religion is something personal and... ... middle of paper ... ...aintain and teach values and morals. Both audiences make very good arguments toward what they feel is right and what they feel is appropriate. I personally feel that we as Americans are too sensitive toward one another, and are too afraid of hurting someone’s feelings when it comes to political matters. I feel that the government can interfere too much and we as people need to be able stand up for ourselves and should be able to have more personal freedoms, which would include having the right to practice religion within a school setting. I can understand the other half of the argument; however, I don’t see how having a moment of silence each day to take a minute for yourself is in anyway offensive, invasive, or too personal.
The main point of her argument is that school prayer is an invasion of our civil rights. The question of whether religion is a good moral standard or if it is necessary is not up for debate in this essay. Annie Gaylor's The Case against School Prayer has the makings of a good essay, but falls short of punching in the home run. When on topic, she delivers a clear and reasonable message about prayer being an infringement on civil rights. Her intolerance towards religion, however, begins to surface in her writing and hurts her chances of reaching out to her audience.
Well before going astray on that tangent on Buddhism and Hinduism that would ultimately lead away from the desired topic, let us get back to the topic at hand: the religion of Islam and whether or not to convert to it? In order to decide whether or not one would desire to convert to Islam, one must know where, how, why it came about and what reasons would cause them to want to convert. Enable to know these things, one must read and analyze the Qur'an to learn about the religion, its beliefs and its customs. Listening to sermons given by a person of the religion would not hurt either. The Qur'an is a book containing suras sent down to Muhammad and other messengers by God.
Taylor believes that if one concedes and accepts the first three components then acceptance of the fourth component is not unreasonable. He also suggests that in order to adopt the attitude of respect for nature one must accept all four elements of the biocentric outlook. “Once we reject the claim that humans are superior either in merit or in worth to other living things, we are ready to adopt the attitude of respect. The denial of human superiority is itself the result of taking the perspective on nature built into the first three elements of the biocentric outlook” (Taylor 153). This is where Taylor is mistaken.
The freedom of religion is also to have the ability to share the knowledge of your religion with other despite the commitment to another. How are we going to be understandable to others religions if we don’t understand theirs? The school board’s solution is to remove religion out of the whole school system. That’s just making students hold back on their freedom of religion, they can no longer express it. So these anti-God Americans feel that they are being discriminated.