Separation of Church and State?

Shirley Buxton called my attention to an article at that is actually cause for concern. At least it should be. The name of the article is "Teaching Johnny about Islam."

There are kids in school whose parents will complain if you explain a literary allusion to that child if that allusion has to do with the Bible. I saw that recently in the junior English class when they were reading HUCK FINN. What, the kids wanted to know, was the school doing teaching about the Bible? And the lesson did not have to do with teaching the Bible, but rather with understanding the reference that one of the characters made to King Solomon, whose story appears in the Bible. At one time, authors were certain that pretty much everyone would understand such references. But not any more.

How then is it legal that California students, under the guise of role-playing and learning about other cultures, would be:

"Reciting aloud Muslim prayers that begin with "In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful . . . ."

Memorizing the Muslim profession of faith: "Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his messenger."

Chanting "Praise be to Allah" in response to teacher prompts.

Professing as "true" the Muslim belief that "The Holy Quran is God's word."

Giving up candy and TV to demonstrate Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

Designing prayer rugs, taking an Arabic name and essentially "becoming a Muslim" for two full weeks."

Christian prayer has been taken out of graduations, people sue about the words "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance, but having children recite Muslim prayers is, apparently, OK. Or so says the federal judge who ruled on the case when parents sued. Undaunted, the parents appealed his decision. But:

"the most left-wing court in the land got their case. The 9th Circuit, which previously ruled in favor of an atheist who filed suit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, upheld the lower court ruling."

As the article cited above states, I believe this case is critical to our culture. Once again, I will refer, as I have in previous posts, to what the government students at my school are studying in preparation for their final exams. The term this time was majority rule. This is what Thomas Jefferson had to say about it:

The only way a republican government can function, and the only way a people's voice can be expressed to effect a practicable control of government, is through a process in which decisions are made by the majority. This is not a perfect way of controlling government, but the alternatives–decisions made by a minority, or by one person–are even worse and are the source of great evil. To be just, majority decisions must be in the best interest of all the people, not just one faction.

I find it hard to believe that the reciting of Muslim prayers by American schoolchildren, especially given the state of terrorism in our world today, is something that would be sanctioned by the majority. But they can't object if they don't know. For that reason, I hope this case IS brought before the Supreme Court. I would like to see how they justify outlawing SOME prayers in school.

My thanks to Shirley for bringing this to my attention.


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