Friday, June 09, 2006

‘Islamic indoctrination’ taken to Supreme Court

Jay at Stop The ACLU blogged Imagine the moonbat screams that would come from the ACLU if a middle school were to implement a three week course on how to “become a Christian.” Imagine that children of all religions were required to wear identifaction tags that displayed their “new Christian name” and the symbol of a cross. Can you imagine the outrage if they had to memorize the Lord’s prayer, the ten commandments, and various Bible verses? The ACLU would trumpet a case against this all across the country, and rightly so. However, when the religion is Islam the ACLU are nowhere to be found. This case has been so controversial it may end up at the Supreme Court level, and still not one peep from the organization that brags about protecting “the seperation of church and state.”

That is because their interpretation of separation of church and state (which is not in the constitution), means supressing Christianity. They are not worried about separation of Mosque and state.
A public-interest legal group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing a California public school to engage in a three-week intensive course for 7th graders on how to “become Muslims.”

A California federal trial court and the 9th Circuit, widely considered the nation’s most liberal appeals court, determined the class did not violate the Constitution.
This is the same Court that ruled the pledge of alligience unconstitutional because it included the words, “under God”. If ever there were a questionable court it would be this one. They have made quite a name for themselves through controversial rulings.
The 2001 course had students take Islamic names and wear identification tags that displayed their new Islamic name and the Muslim star and crescent moon. They also were handed materials that instructed them to “Remember Allah always so that you may prosper”; complete the Islamic five pillars of faith,
One of those is visiting Mecca; how many went to Mecca.
including fasting; and memorize and recite the “Bismillah,” or “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate,” which students also wrote on banners hung on the classroom walls. Students also played “jihad games”
What is a "Jihad Game"? Did they behead anyone? Did they blow themselves up, killing others?
during the course, which was part of the school’s world history and geography program. Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the “case cries out double standard.” “The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the same court that held our Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contained the phrase ‘under God,’ and yet they allow a three-week intensive course on how to become Muslims, including class memorization of Islamic prayers and participation in Islamic religious rituals,” Thompson said. Edward L. White III, the Law Center’s trial counsel handling the case, argued that although a public school may teach about religion, the school district “went far beyond an explanation of the historical or literary significance of Islam and placed these seventh graders into the position of becoming trainees in that religion.” “These young children were indoctrinated in Islam, which the Constitution forbids,” White said.
The Supreme Court will decide within the next few months whether to review the case.

When it comes to Christianity we have seen that even voluntary student prayer is not exempt from attack by the ACLU. However, when it comes to true indoctrination of the Islamic faith , the “seperation of church and state” folks at the ACLU are nowhere to be found. Thankfully The Thomas More Law Center is.

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