Cultural Activist and Calypsonian Jason ‘Bachelor’ Joseph, asserting that Christianity tends to dominate the religious landscape locally, has declared that rather than force religious beliefs on anyone, there should be me mutual and equal respect for all religious groups.
Joseph reiterated his position to St Lucia Times, while disclosing that he had done so in an earlier media interview on religion and the state.
“If Christianity can do it, for example, then any other religion should be able to go to a school and indoctrinate the children the same way about Rastafarianism or Muslim religion or Hinduism or even Atheists should be able to go to the schools and teach the children the same way about an alternative point of view,” Joseph explained.
The Cultural Activist said there should be respect for people of different beliefs and faiths.
“You don’t want to go to a staff meeting for example, which is a professional meeting where you have people of different beliefs and different views, and you are asking them to stand and acknowledge your Lord Jesus Christ and that sort of thing,” Joseph told St Lucia Times.
He asserted that this would be inappropriate.
“At a school for example where you have an Adventist school or a Catholic school – those things are understandable.”
But Joseph declared that in schools in general where there are children from different backgrounds and faiths, teachers should not be indoctrinating children where Christianity is concerned.
“If you are going to teach religion, that is a different area,” he pointed out.
“You teach the children all religions – you teach them something about it, but what is currently happening is basically indoctrination. The children have no choice. They have to pray – they hear about Jesus Christ and heaven and hell,” Joseph observed.
“I wouldn’t want my children, even if I am personally not taking issue with it – but I am saying, somebody who is not a Christian may not necessarily ant their children to go to school and be told about heaven and hell and Jesus Christ and teaching them about eternal life and so on.”
“That is something for parents to be doing or for a church to be doing. That is not the role and responsibility of a school,” Joseph explained.