A new school, the Watercliffe Meadow Primary School in Sheffield has opened. Only one catch, they refuse to be called a SCHOOL. Why you ask? Because the word SCHOOL has negative connotations. The crucifix is scary and school is a dirty word. Heaven help the Brits.
What's next? POOP? Poop is disgusting. Maybe we should shield our precious little ones from POOP. If we avoid any mention of POOP, POOP won't exist. Our children will grow up in a POOPless world. No sense exposing children to the realities of POOP.
I grew up protestant, and we just had a big cross behind the altar (it was a modern, A-frame kind of church building). No crucifix, though. Most protestant churches don't have crucifixes-when I visited some more conservative churches in Grand Rapids, none of them did, either. Episcopalian churches sometimes have them.
The catholic church behind the house I grew up in had a crucifix, but it wasn't a gory-looking one.
The real gory crucifixes always remind me of the scenes in "Carrie" when her crazy mother locks her in the closet to pray for her soul, where there are all these particularly freaky-looking crucifixes.
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