Friday, May 21, 2010

Are Rosary Beads Gang Related?

Are rosary beads gang related?  Is either a cross with rosary-like cloth beads or a rosary really a representation of gangs or as a norm associated with gangs? I would think not. Both the rosary and the cross are a sign of the Christian faith, represent Christ, and are to be revered and are not to be feared because of their misassociation with gangs. The gangs are denigrating the rosary and the cross when they wear them while promoting violence and committing acts of violence in our society. Recently, there have been two cases where one student was wearing a rosary, the other wearing a cross with rosary-like cloth beads, and the students were asked to take them off by school officials because the school officials felt that the beads were gang related. The two boys ended up getting suspended for refusing to take them off. But, the boys were also wearing the rosary beads to remember loved ones who had died- a soldier in Iraq and the other one's brother had died a few years ago and uncle passed away a couple of months ago. This is resulting because many adults today have no common sense. There is a way to distinguish between a gang member and some person who is wearing these items in a peaceful manner. Plus, these kids were not bothering anyone or causing any harm to anyone by wearing the beads. One of the students was pummeled by some gang members because they thought that he was in another gang, but there is no proof that he is in a gang. From what I know neither child is in a gang. But, with regards to the child who was beaten up in school, what if a Muslim student was carrying the Koran and a bunch of students beat him/her up because they thought he or she was a terrorist? Would the school ban the Koran from being brought into school? Or, would the school be facing a lawsuit for religious discrimination? I just think this is ludicrous. Plus, the schools are looking only at the objects misrepresentation and saying all other people are going to misrepresent it also.



H/T Fox Radio

8 comments:

Conservative Scalawag said...

This is just more anti-Chritian (take notice that I didn't anti-religion - for they would never tell a moooslime to stop praying or put away his prayer beads, that wouldn't fit into their PC narrative) attacks with the cover of gangs being used.

I call BS on this one, and on the so-called mythical "seperation of church and state routine.

Liberty said...

I do think rosary beads aren't Biblical, but that's beside the point.

Anyway- no, I don't think they're gang related. As to the Muslim issue, I don't think it's something kids deal with, mostly because little Muslim kids don't pray. ^.^ They don't start praying until their teen years I believe, and most Muslims that come here aren't that devout: they don't pray five times a day, etc.

So to sum up- I think the administrator was wrong, just like the one who told a couple kids wearing the American flag to go home a few weeks ago was also wrong. So yah.

Teresa said...

Conservative Scalawag,
That is exactly how I see it- using the cover of gangs to attack Christianity.

Teresa said...

Liberty,
I think that it depends on how devout the Muslim family is, as to whether or not the child would pray faithfully five times a day.

I am in full agreement with you about the kids who were wearing American flag tee shirts.

I will do a blog post explaining how rosary beads are biblical and what prayers you pray with the rosary beads.

Trouble said...

It actually can very much be gang-related, and I've seen many gang members wearing their gang colors on the rosary. For kids who want to wear them, I'd suggest wearing them inside their clothing, which is how they were designed to be worn, next to the heart, rather than wearing these beads as a fashion statement or jewelry accessory.

Teresa said...

Trouble,
Rosary beads primarily are not gang related, but the gangs have subverted the roasries into mere objects when they are actually used for prayer. I do agree with you, in that they should be worn close to their heart. Actually, up until this post I thought that it was kind of wrong or sacraligious to wear rosary beads, but found out quite the contrary, that it is acceptable to wear rosary beads. But, I think the problem was neither student was given the option to wear them underneath their shirts.

Christian Teacher said...

I'm a Christian.
I'm also a teacher.
I believe this is a public education issue.
School systems are held responsible for so many things.
Schools are responsible for the safety of their students, at school and even in route to school.
Schools are also held responsible to make sure that every student has the freedom to express themselves. Schools are also held responsible for making sure that every single student (regardless of educational background or BEHAVIOR-- which seems to get left out a lot)has obtained a set standard of information every single year.
This is a lose-lose situation.
If a school district does nothing, they will be considered negligent.
If a school district does something, they will be considered ignorant.
We are no longer living in a fatherless generation. We are now living in a parentless generation.
The effects are evident.
It isn't about an attack on Christianity; it really isn't.
If you think that's all it's about, please, PLEASE, volunteer at an inner city school.
We need you,
and these students need to hear the word of God before you decide that it is an attack on our faith.

Christian Teacher said...

I'm a Christian.
I'm also a teacher.
I believe this is a public education issue.
School systems are held responsible for so many things.
Schools are responsible for the safety of their students, at school and even in route to school.
Schools are also held responsible to make sure that every student has the freedom to express themselves. Schools are also held responsible for making sure that every single student (regardless of educational background or BEHAVIOR-- which seems to get left out a lot)has obtained a set standard of information every single year.
This is a lose-lose situation.
If a school district does nothing, they will be considered negligent.
If a school district does something, they will be considered ignorant.
We are no longer living in a fatherless generation. We are now living in a parentless generation.
The effects are evident.
It isn't about an attack on Christianity; it really isn't.
If you think that's all it's about, please, PLEASE, volunteer at an inner city school.
We need you,
and these students need to hear the word of God before you decide that it is an attack on our faith.