Tuesday, May 23, 2006

9th Circus Court Strikes Again


9th "Circus" Court ruled it's OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises...

Our children are not allowed to say the pledge, but are allowed to recite the Quran. Apparently the blackrobes from the 9th Circuit Court has upheld a lower court ruling that:
    • it is OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises
    • 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.
Not many have heard about an unpublished opinion, by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit endorsing a lower court ruling, CSBA amicus brief - Eklund v. Byron, that religious role-play did not fall within the scope of "overt religious exercise. "In a 2003 press release, the National School Boards Assocation indicated:
Where the judge saw instructive role-playing with a secular purpose, the Thomas More Law Center, a Christian advocacy group, sees religious indoctrination because Islam was the sole topic of instruction for three weeks. The group’s president and chief counsel, Richard Thompson, said, “It shows a double standard, one for the Christians and one for the other religions.” Source: NSBA Legal Clips
Remember that in 2002, the 9th Circuit Court objected to the mention of "God" in school. Have the black robes indicated that it is OK for students to role-play Muslims during a course of instruction in world history? Is that confusing or what?

For the whole story visit Investor.com, Teaching Johnny about Islam

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