But what about universities and schools?Dumbledore says ' Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself'. So why have universities kept the shadow of religion away? Why do people stay away from people who ask religious questions? Is the very identity that kills and enlightens people not worth questioning? And why doesnt it have a place in academic institutions? Why do schools have a pseudo-secular approach to religion? There may be prayers or meditation in the morning, but no questions.
When we were in school, a certain History teacher made a controversial statement against some religious figure in her class. Clearly the statement was said with much prejudice. However the uproar that followed and the brouhaha that ensued, put all of us in a corner. Which meant that students could not speak about religion and teachers could not talk about the subject. Obviously if something generates so much negativity its much better to leave it aside and not bother right? My personal take would have been a debate. One that got both sides to explain their views,so that there is no misconception. Post that both parties could have their personal reservations on the issue. You see, even though the uproar got the teacher to apologize and the students to 'celebrate' Pyrrhic victory it sowed the seeds of political correctness.
And if religion has been the greatest seat of learning then why arent we allowed the freedom of enquiry in religion and out of it? If we arent allowed to ask questions, how dare we call ourselves citizens of a democracy.