Friday, September 22, 2006

Teaching Islam in the Public Schools

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about indoctrinating students in the practice of Islam in a California public school. This link has more details about the case.
The school board is arguing that it does not violate the establishment of religion clause because the students are role-playing in order to learn something about the religion.
However, in the classroom the students are reciting Muslim prayers, taking Muslim names and dressing as a Muslim.

Can you image the uproar from the ACLU if this class were about becoming Catholic for a month? If the children were reciting the rosary in class? If they were taking the names of patron saints and dressing up as their patrons? If they were being taught that abortion is immoral?
I really don't get it. Why is it not OK to mention the name of God in a public school but it is OK to teach impressionable children about Islam in such a way that may make them want to convert to it?

3 comments:

Mr. Friendly said...

Anyone, and I do mean anyone, who lists "What About Bob" as a favorite, is all right in my book Sister.

Thanks for the insights.

Anonymous said...

Our Catholic religion has almost always been persecuted. Why? I believe God will take care of us. He likes to test us though.
About teaching Islam in classes, that is so unbelievable. I appreciate your comments much.

Wendy said...

I am amazed they would do this in public schools! Parents who want to raise their children according to a religious doctrine can send them to private schools.

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