Friday, October 08, 2004

LDS MISSIONARIES IN CANADIAN SCHOOLS

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I'm not sure this is a good idea:

Two American missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hit a snag when they made a pitch to the Iqaluit District Education Authority on Sept. 27. It was the first big setback for the pair, who have been well-received elsewhere in town.
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This was the first time that Mormon missionaries have requested classroom time with the students, and board members were less than thrilled with the idea.

"Not my kids," said vice-president Aseena Allurut, who was at the meeting.
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Board member Katherine Trumper, on behalf of the group, raised a concern that there was no precedent for allowing a specific religious group in the classroom.

Inuksusk High principal Terry Young replied that there have been presentations in the past that "did not result in a good thing." Young also said that the board had denied requests from religious groups for the last five years.

The missionaries informed the board that several schools in Quebec had allowed missionaries into their schools. At Trumper's prompting, they agreed to present letters of references from the principals of those schools.

"Frankly I was somewhat surprised that they didn't have those [references] in hand," says Trumper.
I would be opposed to having missionaries proseletyze a "captive audience" of young kids in school, whether those missionaries be LDS or any other faith.