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this comment is meant as a rebuttle to scottmil, two comments above — Wed Feb. 10th 10:56a.m.,
You make a false assumption by implying that all ideologies are employed the same way by individuals or even entire organizations. It is “all or nothing thinking” to assume that because an institution is run by a religious ideology that other viewpoints are inapplicable to its theology.
When you cynically say, “I accept the 'diversity' of your right to hate me”, it seems you are referring specifically to the intolerance of American evangelicalism ‘heaven or hell’ doctrines. Regardless, there is a difference between proselytizing and the use of outward expressions of inner-faith. The difference being, proselytizing is persuading others to one’s own belief system and this act has its own spectrum with messages of intolerance on one extreme. While the expression of outward garments/jewelry worm by public school teachers actually propagates tolerance by exposing children to teachers who can both teach a secular curriculum and maintain their religious ideological integrity.
I will grant you, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. That is to say, diversity can be a double edged sword, i.e. should it go so far to include hate speech, etc. However, you make the mistake of assuming that the root of all religious ideologies is a message of intolerance. Religiously affiliated teachers who buy into a secular curriculum are a living example of tolerance. You entirely miss the virtue they represent by reducing their actions to the stereotypes affiliated with religious intolerance
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