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Teaching Johnny About Islam May 30, 2006

Posted by June in Christianity, Islam, News, Politics, Religion.

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Teaching Johnny about Islam

Education: In our brave new schools, Johnny can't say the pledge, but he can recite the Quran. Yup, the same court that found the phrase "under God" unconstitutional now endorses Islamic catechism in public school.

In a recent federal decision that got surprisingly little press, even from conservative talk radio, California's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it's OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises, including:

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.

Read the rest on the site. There's a difference between learning about a religion and forcing kids to participate in that religion. The Pledge of Allegiance was optional. Kids could participate or stay silent. Back when prayer was in school, it was optional and a small part of the day. This is a full on course of nothing but indoctrination.



1. Mujahideen Ryder - May 31, 2006

whats wrong with that. its voluntarily. they dont have to participate. the pledge was something forceful that everyone must do. thats the problem. no one is forcing anyone to read teh qur’an or recite any islamic phrases. you have the choice.

stop whinin

2. Artist Thinker » Teaching Johnny about Islam: The Hypocrisy - June 2, 2006

[…] It seems that in my last posting, which was a news piece on the government requirement of a religion, that I was declared to be whining. I've thought about it and decided that that person was right; that so-called analysis was more of a whine than actual thought processes and beneath the standards which I have set out for myself to maintain. So I'm here now to amend that. […]

3. Aaron - June 2, 2006

In my school, at least, you said the pledge or you didn’t eat lunch. So.. .I would call that forcing it. The pledge wasn’t optional.

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