MUSLIM PRAYERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL
"Carver Elementary in Oak Park added Arabic to its curriculum in September when it suddenly absorbed more than 100 students from a defunct charter school that had served mostly Somali Muslims.
"After subbing at Carver, [a] teacher claimed that religious indoctrination was taking place and said that a school aide had led Muslim students in prayer.
"An investigation by the San Diego Unified School District failed to substantiate the allegations. But critics continue to assail Carver for providing a 15-minute break in the classroom each afternoon to accommodate Muslim students who wish to pray. (Those who don't pray can read or write during that non-instructional time.)"
Attorney Brent North, who represents the school district said " Islam is one of the few religions that requires specificity of prayer obligations and denies that a new recess [was] added to address the religious needs of Muslim students."
"Other schools have made decisions quietly, like allowing Muslim students to avoid strenuous exercise while they’re fasting or offering students Halal meat in school lunches. In Dearborn, Michigan, where at least 1 in 3 student is of Middle Eastern descent, two holidays are also scheduled for Eid. daily times monitor"
Is Islam the only religion that requires specificity of prayers and obligations? Or did we as Christians fail to practice the obligations of our religion and thereby waive our right to do so? It was precisely our lack of zeal and loss of faith as Christians that led us to an America where Christians are now unable to pray in public schools while we must permit muslim prayer. What judgment will we face if the zeal of Islam is stronger than those who possess the true faith?