Personally, if I had a very ill child and someone offered to pray to their deity/make offerings or whatever, I'd take it in the way it was intended and thank them for their concern and kind thoughts... whether that person's beliefs matched mine or not.
If the person doesn't share my beliefs, they're hardly likely to pray to the deity I believe in, are they?
Not sure which part of it is worse tbh - someone bringing their religion to work, or the reaction it invoked. I'd tend to agree with elsie above though, there's no harm intended.
There should be tolerance and understanding on both sides otherwise we might as well go back to the olden days of slavery, no votes for anyone who's name wasn't Smithe and whipping the house boy.
Annoying really, the first reaction that pops into my head is "oh, grow up".
I'm not a religious person but would also agree with Elsi..
Lets rephase that: Teacher suspended in prayer row
Complaint made againt member of supply staff by parent, member of staff suspended while complaint is investigated. Fairly standard practice as far as I know?
an absolute disgrace of political correctness gone mad!
The LEA should hang their head in shame, as should the mother who complained!
It is quite reasonable for an atheist parent to object to an overt "praying over" of their child. I would!
However, it isn't cause for dismissal. A quiet word should have sufficed. Unless there is more to this than the press are telling us, or perhaps being told themselves. As is perfectly proper, we have no idea whether this was a first offence, or whether we are talking about a militant fundamentalist missionary spreading her beliefs.
Next thing we know it will be priests suspended for praying for sick parishioners! the LEA need to get their act together, it's a shambles!
Agreed with some of the above. If someone said they wanted to pray to darth vader for your child because they were a follower of Jedi i think some would not be happy either. After all, to me as someone who believes all faiths are misguided and dangerous, it would be something i would definitely object to regardless of the fact that it would actually do nothing in reality.
Let the people of faiths pray to their gods. They do need to keep that mystic stuff to themselves though when asked in these circumstances. Who is to say the teacher did not push it on the parent? There is always more to a story than the papers or news websites report.
I did see some more info - apparently the teacher had been told before not to push her beliefs on others.
Also, she was an 'as-and-when' supply teacher so she wasn't exactly sacked, just told that they wouldnt be using her again.
I do think though, that a bit of tolerance on both sides is the answer here and this is a bit of an over reaction.
Well wouldn't surprise anyone. The BBC are only one step behind the Daily Fail for reporting quality.
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