September 27th, 2013 by J
Those who know me know my views on religion. It is not god so much I have an issue with but more the double standard constraints of organised religion’s.
This post however is not about a theological debate it is about clapping or applause as a sign of appreciation.
Yesterday was P’s school harvest festival service. This is one of the few church related things that I will attend for two reasons,
1) P is in the school choir and I love choral music, and am very proud of her and the choir as they sound great.
2) The school P goes to it is always good to show willing.
I went along yesterday morning.
So as I said above I love choral music, always have. It is definatly the influence of my grandmother who performed in a choir most of her life and I used to love hearing her sing as a kid. I must have seen her sing in the Messia more times than I can remember.
P has been in a choir since year 2 and loves it and I have seen her perform many times. Each time the choir has performed it had been to great applause.
Except in a church!
The barbican, 2000 people, applause.
Old peoples home every christmas, applause.
School fetes, school events, applause.
Colston hall at christmas, applause.
Any event in a church, not a dickey bird.
Thinking back over my life I realised that this has been the norm. Churches don’t do clapping. Why is this? What is it about those buildings or that specific god that makes a simple display of appreciation such a taboo.
The only thing I can come up with is that it is some form respect for the religion/god. This idea though confuses me even more now, surely the place of worship to a loving and forgiving god is the one place where applause should be encouraged.
Gospel churches do it, in fact I think it is some form of prerequisite!
It is the strangest thing.
I will add to this however that I am not totally innocent in perpetuating this issue, I started to clap and then came over all totally British and stopped when no one joined in.
I have now decided that in future I will not give a crap and applause regardless but I am intrigued:
Which religions does this unwritten rule apply?
C of E – not great on clapping.
Catholic – not too much.
Protestant – clapping appreciated.
What about the older religion’s do they allow clapping?
I would be interested to hear your views.