Sunday, September 26, 2004

Powhiri, Religion and the State

I am sympathetic to Trevor Mallard's call for a reconsideration of the way in which Maori cultural and religious ceremonies take place in schools.

I attended a particular tertiary educational institution where we were required to take part in faux powhiri with rigid gender role playing. My objection to this discrimination on the basis of sex was greeted with hostility.

The other aspect is the blurring of the line between Religion and the State.

In The Guardian David Aaronovitch writes -

As religion insinuates its way into public life, secularists must unite to fight hellfire with logic


Blogger peasant said...

A state by its very nature, because it is composed of humans, imposes its own 'religion' on its subjects. It is an ill-defined, collaborative world view. One hopes that it encompasses Christian principles such as 'live and let live', and emancipation of oppressed groups; but when the state enforces rigid secular materialism, it has effectively ceased being representative, and embarked on a program of religious indoctrination. The position that 'there is no God and 'there is no ultimate truth' is equally as religious as the converse (so-called religious) claims.

27 September 2004 at 1:38 PM  

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