Monday, May 24, 2010

Teen Suspended for Bringing Rosary to School

Check out the reasoning:
A devout Catholic teenager was suspended for the crime of bringing his rosary beads to school. The school claimed it could be showing gang affiliation or endangering “the safety, health, morals or welfare of himself or others”.

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Yeah, this kid belongs to a gang all right. It’s called “the Catholic Church”, and those thugs are dangerous. They’ll shank you if you don’t watch your back!

In all seriousness, how could rosary beads, of all things, endanger the morals of others? The health and safety part will obviously get the typical school administration double-speak about how they could offend some poor non-Christian and cause violence (just like wearing the American flag on Cinco de Mayo!). But morals?! I really want to know where they got that one from. One would think that being a devout Catholic, and showing it by wearing rosary beads, would speak well to this boy’s morals. But not at this high school!


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2 Comments:

At 5/24/2010 8:55 AM, Blogger Instaurare said...

They're not jewelry. He was wearing them as jewelry, a trend which is disrespectful of the rosary and in 99% of the cases is done by a non-Catholic or a non-practicing Catholic. I don't know of any "devout" Catholics who wear their rosaries as necklaces because they "look cool" as the boy describes.

If I ran a Catholic school I would forbid the kids wearing rosaries as necklaces too.

 
At 5/24/2010 9:40 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I agree with you, to some extent. Two things, however:

(1) I have noticed a trend among younger Catholics ... even those who are devout ... who wear their Rosaries around their necks, and

(2) Disprespect for the Rosary was not why he was suspended (and, for that matter, I don't believe this was a Catholic school).

 

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