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St. Teresa’s Elementary or Mundy Pond Elementary?

We have been told by government that the denominational school system has be abolished. Yet, as we build new schools in our communities, the naming of them continues to retain blatant religious overtones. Now is the time for the school board in St. John’s to show the public that the old denominational overtones are not included as a factor in naming our educational institutions.

Let’s have the courage to have community names on our newly constructed schools. The public should be happy with neutrality.

Who was St. Teresa? She wasn’t a saint of mine! Why should my children have to attend this school? This new, public funded school!

Jean-Paul Murphy

St. John’s

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  • Jerome
    June 15, 2013 - 07:56

    They could call the next school Mother Teresa School. That is until she is canonized. Then it would have to be renamed.

  • Colin Burke
    June 14, 2013 - 19:09

    Those of your who believe your society should be open to everyone regardless of their beliefs ought to allow people who don't share that particular belief of yours, which seems to be the definitive belief of your soicety, to form their own societies with definitive beliefs of thier own. You don't seem inclined to allow that, much less encourage it; you seem not to want a diversity of real societies but rather to impose on all societies the same version of diversity, which in my view is too tame a version even to be genuinely diverting.

    • Anybody
      June 15, 2013 - 10:09

      Anybody else understand this comment ????

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 14, 2013 - 18:47

    Mr. Murphy needs to get a life. Jeez, some people.

  • Anon
    June 14, 2013 - 17:09

    what a waste of time even arguing it. Call it the allahu-akbar, shalom. st.cashel school for all I care.

  • JMSMITH
    June 14, 2013 - 13:52

    Juding from some responses, it seems that those who don't subscribe to the mythical "Christian Heritage" being told to shut up or leave. If anything, this strengthens the case for those of us who believe that our society and its institutions should be open to anyone regardless of their beliefs without having to subject themselves to these sects and the bigotry some of their supporters spew.

  • How about
    June 14, 2013 - 12:46

    How about we call it school number 82 ? The next one is school number 83. Why call it Mundy Pond? Not all the kids will live in Mundy Pond. Why name it after anybody. They didn't build it. You are in St. John's. If you want to live here, be a part of what we are, don't make us a part of what you are. I guess your first name explains your opinion.

    • Abdul Saieed
      June 14, 2013 - 13:20

      "I guess your first name explains your opinion." Do you care to explain exactly what you mean by that?

    • How about
      June 14, 2013 - 19:11

      More than likely he is not from here (French maybe?) but wants to change what we have. If I went to France, I wouldn't ask them to change the name of the Eiffel Tower to Smith Tower.

  • Mother T
    June 14, 2013 - 10:07

    It is common for schools to be names after famous or inspirational people. The Saints are just that. They lived often austere lives serving the poor and oppressed to leave this world better when they found it. Why rule out someone just because they were also a religious person? If you do, you eliminate most humanitarians and set up a second class of people.

  • NowIsee
    June 14, 2013 - 09:40

    Maybe you should move then? Are you sure Canada is really for you? Just an fyi, St. Thresa was a woman who watched her mom die and spent the rest of her life traveling thru Spain writing books and helping sick people. Children mostly but not only. She done other things but I guess you were so blinded by the horrid religious teachings you were forced to endure in school you were too frightened to learn stuff while there.

  • Political Watcher
    June 14, 2013 - 09:30

    Oh please, lighten up bye. For that matter, why do you live in "ST. John's" I am guessing he wasn't a Saint of yours either. I am by no means a true practicing christian but I do find all the ruckus surrounding symbols and names of schools a bit silly. Lets focus out attention on the quality of education our children are receiving inside these facilities and less on what is on the outside.