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Don't force adherents to go against faith

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read Brian-Paul Welsh's article in The Gleaner of Friday, October 9, 2015 titled 'Rites and wrongs: St Hilda's and Jehovah'. The issue is not an issue about discrimination based on religion; rather, it's whether a school should place a child in a position that requires that child to act in ways which are clearly in violation of that child's stated religious

convictions.

The post of head boy or head girl requires the holder of that position to represent the school in certain activities - religious and civic. If a person's religious beliefs preclude him or her from fulfilling those roles, should that person be appointed to that

position?

Should a school connected to a particular denomination be seen to be pressuring a child of a different denomination or religion to engage in activities that are in conflict with that child's stated religious position?

Should someone who refuses to take human life under all circumstance be allowed to join the army under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms?

PETER-JOHN GORDON

pjmgordon@hotmail.com