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Religion at the Hall

Millie Kirkland, Staff Writer

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Dear Logos,

Especially recently, my frustration with one aspect of Harpeth Hall has been growing: religious toleration.

Harpeth Hall prides itself on being ‘religiously tolerant’, yet this only seems to apply to some religions.

I am a Christian, which I recognize is the majority religion at Harpeth Hall. I also am aware that not all people share the same beliefs as me. I respect their religions, and I feel that they respect mine as well.

If students are able to have amicable relationships despite religious differences, why can Harpeth Hall not leave this aspect be?

Harpeth Hall is a bubble, and at times, I am grateful for this bubble; however, sometimes it is beyond frustrating. When tiny religious holidays are celebrated, yet the biggest holiday for Christianity is not allowed to be celebrated at school, there is a problem. This is not, nor will it ever be, how the world around us works.

So, when I hear about teachers not being allowed to have Christmas trees in their rooms, but I go to assemblies and watch art projects and presentations that praise other religions, it frustrates me. It is frustrating to be taught about smaller holidays when your main holiday is never mentioned!

Why is it that my religion is seemingly not as important at Harpeth Hall?

We are nearing the season of many religious holidays, one of these being Christmas. If we are allowed to have Menorahs in rooms, why are we not allowed to have Christmas trees?

During this season, faith is especially prevalent in the lives of many. Faith and religion is a difficult idea to swallow sometimes, but I have found a quote that does it well. This is my favorite quote of all time, and it is in the book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

“Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.”

Faith in its purest nature is a belief that we, as humans, are not the highest power, that something or someone is greater than us. All religions fit into this definition!

Faith, the belief in something greater than yourself, is a good thing! Why is it though, that at Harpeth Hall, I have grown to be afraid I’ll hurt someone’s feelings if I mention a holiday or an aspect of Christianity.

I should be proud of my religion, and I am. But when the environment you are nurtured in is seemingly trying so hard to suppress it, it becomes difficult to be proud.

So, December 25th is the day of my savior’s birth. It is a day on which I, and many others at this school, rejoice! I countdown the days until this joyous day, and all year, I await the happiness that comes during this season!

To all students: Be proud of your faith, whatever it may be, and do not let anyone suppress your beliefs!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanza!

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