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To think that the form for my kids new school should not ask......

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SuedeEffectPochette · 23/04/2013 09:36

.......for my "christian" name! It's a state school. They must get all sorts of guidance on how not to cause offence. Surely this is a term from the 1950s these days!

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BumpingFuglies · 23/04/2013 09:38

Is it a C of E school?

Do you find it offensive?

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Sugarice · 23/04/2013 09:39

Why is asking for your first name offensive?

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HoHoHoNoYouDont · 23/04/2013 09:40

Some would consider it outdated but it's certainly not offensive.

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wannabedomesticgoddess · 23/04/2013 09:41

State schools are all Christian schools. Its the law.

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AnyFucker · 23/04/2013 09:41

Oh, give over

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bedmonster · 23/04/2013 09:41

Are you offended?

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TantrumsAndBalloons · 23/04/2013 09:42

Why? Just.......why?

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SuedeEffectPochette · 23/04/2013 09:43

I am offended by the assumption that I am a Christian. And if I did hold another religion I would be more annoyed by that assumption - yes.

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SallyCinnamonandNutmeg · 23/04/2013 09:44

I agree it does seem a bit odd and most forms these days ask for "first name" - but to be honest I don't think I would really have noticed it. It's a minor administrative error I think.

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HoHoHoNoYouDont · 23/04/2013 09:44

Then cross it out and write 'First name' or 'given name' in it's place.

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moogy1a · 23/04/2013 09:44

yeah, prosecute the bastards

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AKissIsNotAContract · 23/04/2013 09:44

I'd be offended by that too. It seems very old fashioned.

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MTSgroupie · 23/04/2013 09:44

Suede - I take it that you are equally offended that this forum is called MUMSnet. Perhaps it should be changed to something gender neutral like ParentNet. But then that might offend people who aren't parents.

Some people just seem enjoy looking for things to feel offended about.

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CajaDeLaMemoria · 23/04/2013 09:45

State schools are Christian, so it's a fairly safe bet that if you are happy for your child to go there, you are either Christian, or don't mind being exposed to Christian practises.

This is a bizarre thing to be angry about.

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HoHoHoNoYouDont · 23/04/2013 09:46

Some people just seem enjoy looking for things to feel offended about.

Indeed.

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VisualiseAHorse · 23/04/2013 09:46

Yup, it's old-fashioned but I don't know if that makes it rude or offensive.

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DeWe · 23/04/2013 09:46

"Peoplesnet" oh no that's offensive to by fruit bowl...

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wannabedomesticgoddess · 23/04/2013 09:46

I think the issue is a wider one really.

OP, as a non christian, will you be segregating your children from collective worship?

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Justaperfectday · 23/04/2013 09:46

Christian name instead of first name irritates me too.

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motherinferior · 23/04/2013 09:47

YANBU.

I always say helpfully that my first name isn't a Christian name it's a Hindu name. (It is, although I am not a Hindu.) This pisses people off satisfyingly.

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HoHoHoNoYouDont · 23/04/2013 09:47

We can all see the direction this thread is going to take.

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Sugarice · 23/04/2013 09:47

There are plenty of things to find fault with in life but your irritation at this is just daft. Grin

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PumpkinPositive · 23/04/2013 09:47

State schools are Christian, so it's a fairly safe bet that if you are happy for your child to go there, you are either Christian, or don't mind being exposed to Christian practises.

But if the alternative is fee paying, what choice do people have unless they are wealthy or in receipt of a child genius?

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wannabedomesticgoddess · 23/04/2013 09:49

State schools are Christian, so it's a fairly safe bet that if you are happy for your child to go there, you are either Christian, or don't mind being exposed to Christian practises.

Wrong. As there are no Secular schools in the UK, people who are not religious have no other choice.

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AKissIsNotAContract · 23/04/2013 09:50

State schools are Christian, so it's a fairly safe bet that if you are happy for your child to go there, you are either Christian, or don't mind being exposed to Christian practises.

No it's not a safe bet. A lot of parents with children in state schools do mind that schools are all Christian, but they have little choice.

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