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Sikhs and Muslims: Bullied at US Schools?

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Religious bullying is a common occurrence at schools in the US. What are some examples, and what can we do about it? Special thanks to Alice Chan for collaboration on this video. Check out her resource page at: https://alicechan.org/rb/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/religionforbreakfast Twitter: @andrewmarkhenry Blog: www.religionforbreakfast.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/religionforbreakfast Special Thanks to our Patreon patrons!: Brian Dan Alex John Wilson Cain Mark Alice Bibliography: Article on anti-Muslim bullying: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/18/anti-muslim-school-bullying-sometimes-it-s-even-the-teachers-doing-it.html Bullied atheist student article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/09/bullied-for-not-believing-in-god/279095/ "Hero not a Snitch:" https://nobullying.com/if-you-report-bullying-you-are-a-hero-not-a-snitch/ The Daily Show on Sikhs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RskvZgc_s9g The Sikh Coalition Bullying Report: http://www.sikhcoalition.org/endschoolbullying Center for American and Islamic Relations Bullying Report: https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/12296-cair-ca-survey-almost-half-of-calif-muslim-students-report-bullying.html
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Eloh Araphel (6 days ago)
Hello, I was a Canaanite God in ancient times; I hated the Jews for millennia and the Christians for 17 centuries, but now I see the problem isn't the people but rather leadership under which these religious people committed evil acts; I think Jesus was right when he said "Love your enemies" as well as when he said to his God, "For give them, for they know not what they do". Both Theological Ideas and Religious leaders like Prophets and Priests can blind their followers to the evils which they do and allow to be done in the name of their God or gods or lack thereof. I think it is about time that we all grow up and act like the sentient beings we are; why can't Humans, Gods and Demons live in peace?
Słubice (1 month ago)
Thank you for making this video and bringing attention to the issue. Much appreciated.
G-Rex Saurus (1 month ago)
Don't trust CAIR
Pecu Alex (7 months ago)
The example on the atheist student is not religious bullying she went out of her way to do something that would anger people the backlash was not surprising it is like the backlash against trying to make Christmas "inclusive" ad it's not like teachers would enforce that students must pray that would be illegal Edit: and the intent of the backlash was not her lack of belief but her successful attempt to remove the prayer even if she was Christian she would still receive backlash and harassment
Nish (7 months ago)
This is garbage. All lies
Nish (7 months ago)
Stop moving to another country if you don't like their values.
Słubice (1 month ago)
Harassment and discrimination are American values? I hope not. By the way, a lot of Muslim and Sikh students are second-generation meaning they were born in the United States or Canada. They are born citizens. They did not move here.
Nish Thats not what this is about
nicolai nielsen (7 months ago)
i would like to know, if this is a problem only in USA, or its like this in the whole world, because kids and adults bully on everything different from the norm , i think religious bullying is just bullying like glasses and fat people and so on... so the best thing would be no bullying at all on anything....
Manveer Sihota (9 months ago)
Great video! Just as a heads up, it's pronounced "Sikh" as in "brick." [sɪkkʰ] :)
marsha woods (9 months ago)
I didn't one word about the Jewish kids getting bullied!! You do not talk much about Jews.. I just curious why??
marsha woods Antisemitism is bad, and def it still exists, but this is centered around bullying of Muslim or sikh students
Vanalovan (7 months ago)
Honestly the numbers are probably not as dramatic as for Sikhs, Muslims or atheists. The Jewish population is concentrated in a few number of cities and the children there will usually attend either Jewish schools or public school with a disproportionately high number of Jewish students. This is just my guess, after all the Jews I usually hear who experienced bullying growing up often lived away from these centers in rural towns or smaller cities so while Jews may make up a majority of religiously motives hate crimes ( https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016/tables/table-1 ) they may be less exposed to it in schools.
Xiao'sChannel (9 months ago)
there's a montreal in california? what!
lshulman58 (10 months ago)
"know the religious makeup of your classroom before you make an off-handed remark about one religion or another." It really should not matter what the religious makeup of the classroom is - just don't make any "off-handed" remark about any religion, even if there is no one of that religion present. Such remarks will impact on those hearing it and they may then take it beyond the classroom into the world and throughout the rest of their lives. "Do not say anything to anyone that you would not say to everyone (whether they are present or not)."
lshulman58 (10 months ago)
why is it the atheist minority that gets bullied when getting prayer taken out of school but it is not considered bullying (discrimination) that the atheist did this against the Christian majority? If Muslim prayer were prohibited in schools, the liberals would come to their defense. So why isn't anyone coming to the defense when it is the majority prayers that are prohibited? (just playing devil's advocate, I am not a Christian nor an Islamophobe, nor anti-atheist, and I do tend to lean liberal.) I realize that circumstances play a part: the Muslim prayer would most likely be in a designated room where only those who desire would be present. The Christian prayer is presented for the entire school body to hear.
Traplover7 (1 month ago)
Except prayer isn't taken out of school. Anyone can pray in school. Just that the Public School can't endorse a religion via presenting a prayer from a specific religion and forcing people to accept it. Also, the reason why it hasn't happened to Muslims is because American public schools don't illegally promote Islamic prayers as it's majority Christian so it's more likely to be a Christian prayer being endorsed. If you were to travel to a secular country with a Muslim majority whose school violated secular law and forced upon an Islamic prayer, the same dilemma occurs.
The Man The Legend (8 months ago)
Basically, the difference is whether or not the school ENDORSES a certain religious worldview. All students are allowed to pray in school, no matter their religion. The issue is when school administrators favor one religion over another.
dʒeɪms (1 year ago)
religious bullying should be encouraged. one day social darwinism will pay off and you will be glad to have evolved into a space marine.
Nverdis (5 months ago)
Space Marines? You mean those religiously fanatical tin cans who don't advance any of their technology because it would tamper with the "god emperor's" ideal image for them? Also, while evolution via natural selection is true, social Darwinism absolutely isn't. For it to actually work, you'd have to be under the assumption that people believe the things they do out of a logical, rational reason to do so. It does NOT take any merit for a common belief to spread among the population, especially when you consider the phenomenon of blackboxing (where the origins of the idea are forgotten and therefore its not easy to debunk)
dʒeɪms no
P Belgazo (1 year ago)
Very disappointed by this vid with a preacher tone, a politically correct message and that gives credibility to CAIR (one of the worst Islamist organization in America)! Anything that comes from CAIR must be considered with suspicion. Fortunately this vid seems to be an exception among other videos much more interesting that have a place in the study of religions.
Miss Adjusted (1 year ago)
Wow bullying is so sad. This is just Sikh and wrong. (Sorry not sorry)
Miss Adjusted Bullying is bad you know
ReligionForBreakfast (1 year ago)
Sikh joke. :P
Aroon 5 (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for talking about this topic
Kashif (1 year ago)
very good video. this is a problem in Asian countries too.
Alvin Ong (5 months ago)
Would you care to elaborate?
Abdullahi Muktar (2 years ago)
so sad this is happening. ive been bullied because of my faith
Brendan Ózi (2 months ago)
Me also and I’m Christian
Indoril Nerevar (1 year ago)
Abdullahi Muktar well go back to asia
Patrick Neary (2 years ago)
+Alejandro It's easy to point to a worse problem than deal with the one at home. While I wouldn't be surprised if some of the bullying claims are just exaggerated instances of disagreement. Some religions have a persecution complex built into them by myths about martyrs being unfairly treated to justify their actions against non-believers. The lady that wouldn't sign marriage licences comes to mind. She felt persecuted by being told she could not discriminate and deserves to be mocked for using her faith as an excuse to bully.

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