From the desk of Beth (My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy):


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."

Continued Here.

California...a true educational beacon in the fog that is the separation of church and state.

Posted by Portia at May 22, 2006 11:07 AM | TrackBack

this is exactly why I will make sure I can send my kids to private school. I'll drive a pinto if I need to.

Posted by: shira rawlinson at May 22, 2006 12:41 PM

I'm with you, sister. Maybe a massive exodus from the system would finally get some heads turning. Money talks. A lack of money (due to no kids in school) screams.

Posted by: Portia at May 22, 2006 04:58 PM

I don't know how things are by you in the Golden State, but here in NC many families leaving the public school system in protest would probably not cause much of a ripple. If anything the public schools are having to grapple with a large influx of children from immigrant families (I won't try to qualify the legality of their status).

What would get heads turning is a voucher system, but you know how much the NEA and the teacher unions love that concept.

[PS We (wife and I) homeschool, and we have a screaming lack of money. Not that I'm complain' or nuthin ...]

Posted by: MarcV at May 23, 2006 08:30 AM