Saturday, July 05, 2008

Prayer to Allah comes to UK public schools

As you've probably seen elsewhere on the blogosphere, two boys in a public school in the UK were punished with detention for refusing to kneel down on prayer mats and pray to Allah as part of a "religious education" lesson.

But although you've no doubt seen it elsewhere, you haven't heard my two cents, so I might as well give you those two pennies, unasked, just because you were kind enough to drop by.

I think it's a big deal. And I don't think the teacher is going to get in trouble. I think the school officials are going to do precisely nothing to reprimand the teacher but are merely going to tell her that she has to make it clear to her students that this is "role-playing" and that therefore they are, you know, pretending when they kneel down on the prayer mats and pray to Allah. And that will make it all okay.

As you also probably know, there is already a similar curriculum in place in California, which our courts, always so very solicitous to avoid any appearance of an establishment of religion, have declared constitutional on the grounds of role-playing, a ludicrous defense that would never pass the laugh test were the religion in question Christianity. About the only thing that I can see that is missing in the California curriculum is the prayer mats, but I understand that the teachers have some leeway in how they teach it, so I'm sure some enterprising and creative teacher somewhere in the U.S. will stash some prayer mats in her cupboard and whip them out at the right moment to make the "role-playing" that much more real, just like the teacher in the UK. And woe betide the young Christian who refuses.

If you are a Christian parent, is this the sort of role-playing you would want your child to be doing?

Yet another reason to home school.

(Crossposted to What's Wrong with the World)


nora said...

Amen, sister! I have spent six years homeschooling mine and next year he goes to a Jewish Day school, thank G-d! This sort of thing is going on so under the radar, that here in California, few parents even know what is coming upon them and their children. We have a HUGE Muslim population and I am sure they are only too delighted to help inform these idiot teachers. Grrrr!

Lydia McGrew said...

Thanks, Nora. When I told my kids about it, Eldest Daughter (15) started singing the song from Veggie Tales's "Rack, Shack, and Benny,"--"Stand Up for What you Believe in," and we all started talking about the three young men in the fiery furnace. When I was a kid and that story was told, my dad used to say something about the Babylonians' looking around and seeing the three guys standing up in the back row.

It makes one sort of shocked to think that there might be some kids in the U.S. nowadays who might need to be the "three guys standing up in the back row" when the others are all bowing Allah.

Could we have predicted this when we were young? I sure couldn't have.