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Teens talk about easing religious tension

Why does religious intolerance exist? Are high school students tolerant of other religions? What can be done to promote tolerance?
FROM HOT INK STAFF REPORTS Published: May 1, 2011

“Most high school students are tolerant of other religion. With social media, students interact more with other cultures and religion.” — Annie Liu, Norman High School senior

“At first, people with another religion might stick out, but other students get used to it and eventually, over time, talk to them and realize they aren't much different from them in the first place.” — Iqra Zahoor, Norman North junior

“I do not believe so. Some are though. Just depends on how they were raised. Most go with what their friends and family do and believe. Others have their own views.” — Caitlyn Clark, Mustang High School senior

“A high schooler's tolerance depends on his/her upbringing.” — Nour Kayali, a Classen School of Advanced Studies sophomore

“The majority is not (tolerant), because the younger society is very arrogant and ignorant when it comes to religion. This is because they are not supplied with all the information needed.” — Yazan Salou, Dove Science Academy senior

“No, they are the harshest. They don't care whose feelings are hurt.” — Alexis Graham, Moore High School junior

“From what I've seen, I don't think they really care unless they see someone wearing a big symbol of their religion or an article of clothing. When people see those, they kind of start talking.” — Monica Morel, Edmond Santa Fe freshman

What can be done to promote tolerance?

“It's simple. We can help by changing ourselves first.” — Jasmine Shafik, a Mercy School sophomore

“Spending more time on religious studies of the world in world history curriculum classes.” — Fariyah Ahmad, Edmond Memorial High School senior

“Truly, I don't believe there is anything we can do.” — Cannon Williams, Harding Charter Prep senior

“If there was an opportunity for people to learn about other religions and understand other people's way of life, then there will be more tolerance regarding religion. People will understand other people and respect them.” — Sena Soylu, a Lawton High School sophomore

“There needs to be a realization that everyone is unique. Not everyone is going to believe the exact same thing as the next, but we can all coexist. If everyone was exactly the same, life would be boring, right?” — Taylor Casady, Duncan High School senior

“If someone believes something different than us, we listen.” — Britton Scott, Duncan High School junior

“Students can either grow to like others that differ from them or not.” — Tyler Bishop, Edmond Santa Fe junior


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