Minnesota Public Education: Taxpayers funding Islamic Religious School


The Minnesota Board of Education is allowing a taxpayer funded "public" school to keep operating even though its clearly a religious Islamic school.

Of course, if this were a Christian school getting funded by tax dollars, all hell would be breaking loose. Why the double standard?


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There's no double-standard with me. No taxpayer dollars for ANY religious schools.

Particularly since the author saw the children being required to pray. That is absolutely correct - if this was a Christian school the ACLU would jump right on it.

Happens all the time....


From the ACLU's policy page: http://www.aclu.org/religion/gen/16039res20020311.html

Opposition to school-sponsored prayer is a bedrock principle for the American Civil Liiberties Union. As national board policy #81(a) states in part: "The ACLU believes that any program of religious indoctrination -- direct or indirect -- in the public schools or by use of public resources is a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and must be opposed."

The policy states further (#81(b)) that the ACLU "opposes the infusion of other types of religious practices and standards into the public schools. These include such practices as baccalaureate exercises in the form of religious services, prayer meetings at athletic events, the taking of a religious census of pupils ... and the profession of religious observance or belief as a consideration in the evaluation and promotion of teachers." [1932, 1962]

So the question is a valid one - why is it not ok for Christians, but ok for this group?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Is the school in Minnesota promoting a religion or merely allowing people of a certain faith to attend.

Doing some googling for charter schools, I stumbled on this;

" Clearly, the Noah Webster Academy pushes the charter school law to its very limits. The Academy cannot use public dollars for the propagation of religion. Its organizers are recommending (but not requiring) strictly secular curricula that do indeed have state sanction in Nebraska and Maryland, and have never proposed reimbursing parents for religious materials. Within its clientele are families representing nonreligious as well as religious beliefs-from Muslim to Jewish to Christian-suggesting that the school is not seeking to advance religion in general or any faith in particular."


Is any of the staff forcing non-Muslims, if there are any at the school, to adhere to the school rules?

Is the school in Minnesota promoting or propagating a religious point of view.

And then the question I wonder, is why has the Christian community not set up Charter Schools.

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