Thursday, June 01, 2006

News

From an opinion column by William Perry Pendley:

On June 1, a California husband and wife filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In Eklund v. Byron Union School District, a Ninth Circuit panel upheld a federal district court’s rejection of two families’ claim that their children’s school violated the Establishment Clause when it taught them how to “become Muslims.” In a short unpublished opinion, the three-judge panel affirmed the lower court’s ruling. Later, the entire Ninth Circuit declined to rehear the case.

In 2001, Excelsior Middle School in Byron, 40 miles east of San Francisco, advised a classroom of twelve-year olds that, “[for the next three weeks], you and your classmates will become Muslims.” Thereafter, the students memorized portions of the Koran, chose Islamic names, wore tags bearing their new Islamic names alongside the Star and Crescent Moon—the symbol of Muslims, completed the Five Pillars of Faith, and recited Muslim prayers.
Interesting.

8 comments:

jc said...

So can we force school children to do a nativity scene or a passion play, as long as it is in "history" class?????

It wouldn't be about religion, it would be a historical re-enactment and wouldn't force a particular belief, especially since Christ, Mary and Joseph are Jews, Pilate is 'pagan', and the wise men are probably Zoroastrian?
Not to mention that at the time of Jesus's birth, THERE WAS NO CHRISTIANITY....

Jeff said...

Hmmm....let's think about the big issues confronting American society---the war in Iraq, Iran & nuclear weapons, burgeoning budget deficits as baby boomers begin retiring, immigration reform....
Remind me about why I should care about an elementary school in California? It sounds like the teacher's lesson plan is well-intentioned but also overzealous and a tad silly.

Tom said...

I don't know, I kind of think that cases with a chance of going before the Supreme Court to help set precedent on our legal understanding of the establishment clause and the separation of church and state might be kind of important.

Besides, no of any note has said anything particular new or interesting about the war in Iraq, Iran, the budget deficits, immigration reform, or anything else that our politicians spend all their time right now posturing about so they can be elected or reelected.

jc said...

"It sounds like the teacher's lesson plan is well-intentioned but also overzealous and a tad silly. "

I totally agree.
My rancor is for the 9th Circuit who says that a cross is a horrible symbol of oppression, but the Crescent is a wonderful teaching experience we should all share in....

Ren said...

Today, children, we are going to start looking at the Aztecs and their worship of Huitzilopochtli. Get ready for three weeks of war, human sacrifice and cannibalism. Next month will be our segment on the Nazis and the Holocaust.

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