Prayer Back In School? Sort Of
I picked up this post at LGF. It may surprise some.
CLIFFSIDE PARK, New Jersey (AP) — Yasmeen Elsamra had a simple request:
While her classmates were eating lunch, she wanted to go off by herself for a
few moments to pray.
The 14-year-old was told she couldn’t, and went home
distraught that afternoon in October 2003. Praying five times a day is a
cornerstone of her Muslim faith.
“If I wasn’t allowed to pray my second
prayer at school, I couldn’t do it at home,” she said. “When school finishes,
the third prayer begins.”
Her family contacted a Muslim advocacy group, the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, which asked the school district to
reconsider. Eventually, the district acknowledged it had no policy preventing a
student from praying on his or her own during free time, and allowed Yasmeen to
use an empty classroom to unfurl her prayer rug, face Mecca and touch her head
to the floor in a few moments of worship.
Her case was part of a nationwide
grassroots effort by Muslim parents to make public schools more friendly and
accommodating to Muslim students. The movement has gained strength since the
September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Hmmmmm. Wonder how that would have been handled for a Christian or a Jew.
Just a thought.