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Hypocrisy at work, um... school

>> Thursday, October 21, 2004

I can't believe that with all the fuss and furor over the separation of church and state and keeping religion out of public schools that this is being viewed as a good thing: Teaching Ramadan in public schools

The link takes you to the KC Star and you will probably have to register, so let me give you an idea of what is going on: During the next few weeks, multicultural trainer Afeefa Syeed will bring third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from a Muslim academy in Herndon, Va., to nearby public schools to share the practices and beliefs of their holiest month, Ramadan.

Syeed and the children will present the call to prayer in Arabic, display prayer rugs and offer tastes of dates. In countless other classrooms across the country, similar efforts will be made to educate students about the time of fasting and spiritual reflection for adherents of the world's second-largest religion.

The Council on Islamic Education, a nonprofit organization based in California, plans to release an updated version of its booklet “Muslim Holidays,” which was first published in 1997, for the more than 4,000 teachers nationwide who have used it.

The booklet, which contains lesson plan ideas and historical and cultural background on Ramadan and other Muslim holidays, also outlines the various state regulations governing instruction about religion in public schools and discusses accommodations that schools can make to enable Muslim students to observe the holiday.

Muslim educators note tremendous progress in education about Ramadan and Islam in general in public schools, particularly since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — perpetrated by extremist Muslims — brought Islam into the national spotlight.

Now, personally, I don't have a problem with this, conditionally speaking. Does this mean that children can celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in school again?


Jen H 11:04 AM  

They are also going to be teaching students to recite Muslim prayers, making them learn the ten pillars of whatever and the names of prophets. Sorry if you think I am closed minded, but my children would be yanked out of school for the time frame that this crap would be shoved down their throats. Home schooling looks really good sometimes.....

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