Catholic Schools Week Essay 2011

Across the schools of Islam, these are core views and I do not hold them, nor do the nice Muslims I meet hold them.

At school I am always willing to participate in religious activities and many people do not realise I am not Catholic until the subject comes up in a class.Here, we learnt about different world religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam.During one of our lessons on Islam one of the girls in my class pronounced 'I hate Muslims, the world would be better without them.' Slightly offended I bit my lip, turned around and said 'I'm a Muslim,' to which she replied, with a slightly confused face, 'But you're nice.' Clearly she didn't have much knowledge of world religions.I appreciate the Catholic faith for its teaching to love one another and refrain from being self-centered.I often try to be helpful in explaining aspects of my Islamic culture, including the celebration of Ramadan.They do not advocate death to anyone for transgression.This contradicts Islamic tenets and Islamic scholars have confirmed that this is so.In my earlier years I would often be asked 'If you're a Muslim why do you come here? My reply was always, 'My parents like Catholic education and there is no harm in learning about different races or religions is there? One thing I do not like is when people make uninformed comments.Last year, in year ten, we had a subject called 'Religion and Society'.The media, for the most part, don't help, driven by the 24-hour news cycle and the pursuit of advertising dollars into a frenzy of click-bait and shallow sensationalism. It's less a magazine than a wide ranging conversation about the issues that matter in our country and our world; a conversation marked by respect for the dignity of ALL human beings.What does it mean to be an Australian in times like these? Importantly, it's a conversation that takes place in the open, unhindered by paywalls or excessive advertising.

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