It’s bet­ter to revel in our di­ver­sity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

SURELY, the ba­sis of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism is to cel­e­brate our di­ver­sity through in­clu­sion, tol­er­ance and un­der­stand­ing.

There­fore, the crazy po­lit­i­cal (in) cor­rect­ness that saw Christ­mas banned from schools needs to be over­turned.

To un­der­stand the mean­ing of Hark! The Her­ald An­gels Sing bring­ing peace and good­will to all men is an im­por­tant part of our cul­ture and needs to be ex­plored in our schools.

Is it any won­der that Mus­lim youth feel marginalised when they are not al­lowed to talk about their cul­ture in schools?

Why not in­tro­duce a fast­ing day in schools to ex­plain Ra­madan? It cer­tainly would not hurt our over­weight chil­dren to give up lunch one day a year and for schools to use the day as a fundraiser for refugees.

We should be ex­plain­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the Passover; the Jews were his­tory’s first refugees as they fled from per­se­cu­tion in Egypt.

Let us in­clude Visakah Puja, Bud­dha’s birth­day and the Hindu fes­ti­val of Di­wali, cel­e­brat­ing the vic­tory of good over evil.

Let us not for­get the dream­time sto­ries that ex­plain our in­dige­nous peo­ples’ be­liefs.

For com­plete­ness, we should have an ag­nos­tics’ day to ex­plain that some of us be­lieve that all re­li­gions are merely cul­tural myths de­signed to main­tain so­cial or­der and ex­plain then what sci­ence can tell us now. Colin Hughes, Green­mount.

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