When we let religion into public institutions, we play with fire


When we let religion into public institutions, we play with fire

These spaces must remain open to all without the coercion, direct or indirect, of the Christian majority


On May 27 2019 De Waveren Primary School in Ruyterwacht sent out a letter to parents that should have sent shockwaves down the spines of anyone who embraces the terms of our young democracy.

The principal announced that “due to the fact that the majority of the school’s learners are of the Christian faith, we will be closed on the 30th of May 2019 for Ascension Day”.

The announcement fell a few days short of the April Fool’s Day so I knew this was no joke. Then, to add un-Christian spite to an un-lawful act, the letter continues with this unbelievable sentence, that “we also respect the Muslim faith and understand that Eid is on the 5th of June. We suggest that the learners attend the exams at 9:00 and then leave to celebrate after completing the paper if it is at all possible.”..

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