Hanjo and his issues with the principal and the school's posting of religious messages on FB should provoke one to contemplate some personal beliefs, but should also open other thoughts on totally disparate matters. (http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/What-Happens-to-Non-Christian-Children-in-South-African-Schools-20131002)
Those (Christians) that grew up in the NP era, and were subjected to religion being immutably interwoven with school education, could have a very difficult time in getting to grips with a secular learning system as applicable to those relevant government schools of today. Understandably so as the propaganda machine was very efficient then, and also because parental reference frames were then seen by many to be models of moral rectitude.
The Hanjo scenario would perhaps encourage a reaction from a product of the above era, of one having to object to the suppression of God’s word. One could indicate that no harm was done; it was just a quote from the Bible. One could even commend those that did the posting on FB, in that they were obeying the Lord’s command to evangelize.
Does the real and sincere faith in the Christian God not outweigh the worldly morals, values and laws of post ’94? Or even at any time? Did the pre-94 regime not do the right thing by following said convictions; manifested by religion classes, prayer at hall meetings, using faith and God’s name in mottos? By enveloping schools in the Christian ethos? (Or was it vice versa?)
Difficult as it might be, in principle Hanjo is right. In principle one must agree. His position is clearly spelled out, and I believe that the principal and the teacher were both wrong. In their thought processes and actions. Maybe his timing and place, with regards to having it out with the principal could have been more appropriate, but when man wants to say something, man sometimes do not wait for time nor tide. There cannot be different laws for different citizens.
With our new constitution came new ideas, concepts, and let's call it a new reality. What was, was, and a new dispensation, (that has nothing to do with compromising good citizenship), resulted in some long entrenched fundamentals of society changing for the good. That is democracy, and that is what the majority agreed upon. Fait accompli in 2013. The ugly of the past is gone.
Perhaps his question must be: “What SHOULD Happen to Non-Christian Children in South African Schools?”
And the answer is that according to the constitution they should be treated fair, equal, without discrimination, with the right to free association and all the good and right and righteous privileges that each and every citizen of this country is entitled to, can demand, and which every citizen must proffer their fellow citizens.
Which brings one to a most disparate point. It started in 1992 when The Referendum was held. 1,924,186 voters, 68.73% of the total vote out of an 85.08% turnout, of the then 3,296,800 electorate, decided that they supported the negotiated reforms begun by State President F.W. de Klerk two years earlier, in which he proposed to end the apartheid system that had been implemented since 1948.
The foundation then laid was portending a non-racial, non-segregated, non-discriminatory, secular society. The majority of voters were gatvol for apartheid. Gatvol of religion used to justify racism and racial discrimination. Gatvol, and prepared to make and do what is morally right within a new and negotiated constitution.
So as much as it is right to support and proselytize that religious doctrine is not welcome in schools under the new constitution, so much is it painful and difficult to know that the referendum indicating reform away from race, was in vain.
As institutional racial classification is as rife and virulent today, as it was then.
And as crooked, cack-handed, unjustified and as abhorrent......
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