How schools overlook religious harassment and what to do about it (COMMENTARY)

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Madeline shows some of her spiritual books at her home in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., on May 4, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexander Cohn

Madeline shows some of her spiritual books at her home in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., on May 4, 2015. Religion News Service photo by Alexander Cohn

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(RNS) Life for religious minority youths in America may be getting tougher. Teachers can do something about it.

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  • Jon

    Religious bullying may indeed be increasing – both due to the recent focus on Muslim as well as the meteoric rise of those with no religion – Atheists, Agnostics, and seekers. My own kids have had to deal with Christians telling them that they are going to hell, and teachers in public school preaching Christianity. This could be a reaction to the shrinking of Christianity, and it could also be due to the simple fact that now there are a lot more kids who are non-Christian.

    Regardless, the biggest category of vulnerable kids wasn’t mentioned in the article – non-theist kids. We still have laws on the books barring Atheists from public office in 7 states. In the US, 1% are Muslim, 1.4% are Jewish, and over 20% are non-religious – that’s why when a kid is being bullied for not being Christian, it’s a lot more likely the victim is a “no religion” kid (such as Ms. Ahlquist) than a Muslim or Jew. All should be protected, all should be mentioned in an article like this. ,,