The Council on American-Islamic Relations apparently believes in freedom of religion for itself, but freedom from religion for all other faiths, and has the audacity to impose this cockeyed reasoning on Michigan’s public schools.
In April, CAIR’s Michigan chapter demanded that a Detroit-area school district essentially advocate one particular religion — Islam — over all others.
CAIR lodged its complaint against the Dearborn School District, claiming that the school system didn’t accommodate Muslim students wishing to participate in prayer on school grounds.
After CAIR staff met with Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston, the district “implemented a policy which fully accommodates student-led prayer in all the schools,” according to the Arab-American News.
After the Dearborn public school system rolled over to its demands, CAIR is expanding its efforts. “CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools,” according to the same report.
Making CAIR’s demands to allow for in-school prayer especially hypocritical was an even that took place in October.
The very same Michigan chapter of CAIR sent a letter to the Roseville Public School system complaining that permission slips were being handed out so that students could attend Bible classes, according to a CAIR press release.
The classes were not held on school property, but rather at a local Baptist church. In addition. the school didn’t provide transportation to or from the Bible classes, and attendance didn’t excuse the students from keeping up with their regular school work.
Nonetheless, CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid found the practice objectionable, and wrote:
School staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion or congregation within a religion by passing out slips inviting parents to give permission for their children to attend religious instruction. . . According to the United States Supreme Court, the First Amendment clearly requires that public school students and their parents are never given the impression that their school/school district prefers a specific religion over others or sanctions religion in general.
Just like Dearborn would do six months later, the Roseville Public School system backed down to CAIR’s demands. It “apologized to CAIR-MI for the distribution of the permission slips and said district principals will discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting,” as CAIR disclosed.
What’s more CAIR’s argument that “school staff and teachers are not to serve as advocates for one particular religion” should have come back to bite the organization in the backside six months later. That was precisely what it demanded Dearborn do — advocate for a particular religion.
Townhall’s Kyle Olson observed, “Muslims can conduct religious activities within a public school, but Christians can’t go off-site to receive voluntary Bible lessons? What’s wrong with this picture?”
There’s plenty wrong, I’d say.
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