Tampa Muslims push for early school dismissal every Friday for prayers

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A non-profit Islamic group in Florida is requesting that Muslim students be released early from public schools “every Friday” so children can attend mandatory prayer services, for under Islamic law, it is “sin” to miss the obligatory prayer sermon.

The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area published an official permission slip on its website for parents to “request early dismissal every Friday” for their children to “attend and perform the mandatory Friday Khutbah (sermon) and prayers starting at 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm.”

The permission slip cites Fla. statutes and Hillsborough Township public school policy related to excused absences for religious observation, but fails to recognize other statutes and policies that state 180 days of school and a certain amount of hours are mandatory for each child.

The full text of FL Statute 1006.53, the first statute the permission slip cites, but only in part, reads:

1006.53 Religious observances.—Each public postsecondary educational institution shall adopt a policy which reasonably accommodates the religious observance, practice, and belief of individual students in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work assignments. Each policy shall include a grievance procedure by which a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an educational benefit due to his or her religious belief or practices may seek redress. Such policy shall be made known to faculty and students annually in inclusion in the institution’s handbook, manual, or other similar document regularly provided to faculty and students. [Emphasis added]

And while Hillsborough Township Public Schools allow absences for religious observations, its policy on attendance also states:

Prolonged or repeated absences, excused or unexcused, from school or from class, deprive the pupil of the classroom experience deemed essential to learning and may result in retention at grade level or loss of credit toward the high school diploma in accordance with policies of this Board.

It will be interesting to see how Tampa schools address such a request.

H/T: Bare Naked Islam

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  • StuckInCali2Long

    Religious holidays are one thing, but every Friday is another.

    • Margaret Swaid

      Ridiculous reply

      • Prepper Ideas

        Ridiculous religion.

        • TheHutMaster

          It is not a “religon” is is pure BULL$$HIT!

      • liberaltraitors

        Is that the only phrase you know? Shouldn’t you be sewing a burka or cooking some goat dish?

      • StuckInCali2Long

        In what way exactly? Jewish kids are excused from school on Jewish holidays, but those come once a year. Prayer time is prayer time and holidays are holidays. Do you have specifics to back your comment, or are you just talking diarrhea of the mouth?

      • TheHutMaster

        Did you fly out yet? I pray to my god you did and will never return.

      • Tish

        Islam is not a religion it is a cult..brainwashed cultists follow the ramblings of a 7th century warmonger who demands non -islamics to convert, pay money or you will be beheaded..These cult followers also happen to be pedophiles just like the leader mohommed..who has never contributed anything to society except murder, war and the fact that wherever you find islam you will also find chaos and mayhem..if they’re not targeting Christians, Buddhists, Jews &any other peaceful faiths..they are murdering each other..which of course..is ok by me

    • VladamirUntruksur

      Are you kidding? Islam is a dynamite religion!

      • StuckInCali2Long

        LMAO

      • TheHutMaster

        Huh, Get the dynamite bullshit outta my face. Go do a cammel man.

        • http://google Jerry

          We know why those camels always have that grin on their face.

    • Joe Menotomy

      It is getting out of control. My brother in law works for a large firm and has several mooslim employees under him. A regular staff meeting that has occurred on Thursdays at 1230 for several years has recently been rescheduled.

      He had to do it at the direction of HR. Seems one of the employees, a new one, does one of his 5 daily prayers at that hour and the meeting interferes. The business purpose had to give way to the single employee. This is rampant and unreasonable and we don’t seem to be very well equipped with rational argument against.

  • patriot1742

    Or they can start their own school where they PAY FOR IT ALL and can decide when their children go to prayer OR move to a MUSLIM country where it will be your culture – NOW how hard was that?

    • Margaret Swaid

      Ridiculous reply.

      • Boston

        It’s the ones who sit back and let these assholes change things who are ridiculous!!! They need to adapt or LEAVE!!!

        • StuckInCali2Long

          In the 1960′s they forced Christians to adapt to their redefinition of the First Amendment. They shouldn’t have changed our forefathers dream, but they did and we were forced to adapt. By kicking out God we left plenty of room for Allah.

      • patriot1742

        Margaret – try moving to another country and then dictate to them how they run their system. Try a little common sense for a change – the PC is what has given us the mess we are in right now.

        • Steve Harris

          Yeah? Tell that to the Native Americans.

          • Francis Galton

            Oh the naive Native American response. There is no comparison. You are trying to compare primitive, barbaric cultures to a culture that is surprisingly, much more civil. If you want to continue down this road, go ahead. I could go on for days about cultures from around the world.

          • patriot1742

            Steve – let’s see your commitment – what are you personally doing for the Native Americans you speak of – are you sending your personal money to them – donating your time. Look into what their own(being Native Americans) are doing for their people – it will surprise you.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            The wealthy ones that own casinos do not look out for the rest. Sad. Plus their monthly government checks are mishandled,

          • StuckInCali2Long

            “Native Americans” also came to this land from another. Everyone traveled here at different time. Land is acquired fairly through war or money. It is not right to move into a country and change it if you haven’t taken it over by means of purchase or war. The Vikings raped and pillaged the Native Americans too but I guess that was OK because they didn’t stay? I’m sick of hearing about the Native Americans. They have gotten government checks to build their lives and they can go to any college in the US with a C average in high school. I don’t see that they have used the opportunities to their benefit. Reservations look run down and dilapidated and I have personally known many that use their checks to get alcohol and heroin. It’s not this beautiful picture you imagine.

        • StuckInCali2Long

          They have. The UK and Canada are completely catering to them and who knows where else. It is their goal to change the planet.

      • JettieG

        I lived in many countries; first thing you do is observe the customs and culture. Our Western pansy a** standards rob us of our customs and culture, and it’s the fault of folks who think anything goes is just fekkin fine when it is not.

        • StuckInCali2Long

          EXACTLY!!!! America is the only country where travelers and immigrants continue to live their own culture while here. My Dad said when there was a large influx of Italians coming to America around 1970, even though they were poor they did their best to make their neighborhoods look nice and they learned English and wanted to “blend in” so badly. They were proud to be American. Those were the last of the appreciative immigrants. You are correct about us being robbed of our culture. There is also a huge lack of Patriotism.

          • JettieG

            Yes, Sir. Read Sal Mineo’s bio. His mother refused to date his future da until he spoke English and learned to be American. :+)

      • VladamirUntruksur

        And yet again you have nothing to offer Margaret Swaid.

      • liberaltraitors

        Get the hell out. You are not welcome here.

      • StuckInCali2Long

        You are a troll with nothing intelligent to say. Sucks when your men won’t allow you to get educated. When Christians want our religion catered to we have to pay out of pocket for a private school. It makes total sense. If we cater to every religious practice in schools then there would never be consistent classes because all the students would have different practice at different times. Makes no sense.

      • bigdtx1971

        You are fucking stupid!!!!

    • Alvin

      No, they’d rather sponge of the taxpayers, as they do now …and just sponge a little more.

    • vanderfk

      Exactly. They knew the schedule before they enrolled. They can dis-enroll.

  • Abunchofbullshit

    RIght! Find your own school then, or homeschool. If Tampa gives in to this it won’t take long for them to be challenged on many other fronts! Just look at what the atheists are challenging nationwide, including Florida! Stand firm Tampa, or be prepared!!!

    • Margaret Swaid

      Yes, everyone should be like you and eat pigs and watch football and Sunday! Who do they think they are!

      • TheHutMaster

        Margarent, as a GUEST of this country, if you “no like” then go home.

        • StuckInCali2Long

          They want to spread Sharia Law all over the planet.

      • Alvin

        Bet you won’t be eating any pig on Sunday …or would you like me to serve you up some?

      • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

        I’ll be glad to bring over a pork roast for after your service.

      • Francis Galton

        It’s ok, I understand why you don’t eat pigs, it’s wrong to eat your own kind!

        • car333

          Best reply yet.

      • Guest

        Maggie’s a racist!

      • Joy Crittenden Christian

        Margaret – I’m always puzzled by women who support and defend Islam when it appears that it devalues women on a wholesale basis. I’m not criticizing, I’m just asking to understand better.

      • liberaltraitors

        I always wanted to ask … why do you people smell so horribly?

        • StuckInCali2Long

          They don’t eat pigs so the stuff they eat instead comes through their pores and smells gross.

        • Jerry

          They sleep with camels. Why do you think camels always have that smile on their face.

      • patriot1742

        Please Margaret – this country is so bad and I am guessing you got that free Obama phone and get a welfare check every month along with the free food and free rent – please return to that place that you so deserve.

        • TheHutMaster

          And get out NOW!

      • StuckInCali2Long

        Yes our God is actually forgiving. Our prophet taught love and compassion. Why wouldn’t we eat pigs? We have carnivorous teeth in our mouths. It certain isn’t for eating other humans. Animals are meant to be eaten. Live stock are food. Humans are the most unclean creatures on this planet. I choose not to eat them. Everything else seems fine once get you beyond the uncleanliness of humans. Do the men in your community know you can type? Is that allowed?

      • StuckInCali2Long

        What does food and sports have to do with changing public schools that taxpayers pay for? You guys like soccer and veggies, ooooooo so what? Oh wait do they play soccer? Last I saw they used soccer fields for executions. We don’t want your Sharia Law here. Maybe you all should move to Dearborn , MI. They already have gender segregation and all. Seems right up your alley. Allowing a man to put me beneath him is not happening in this world or ever. Good luck with that.

  • Kevin Shanahan

    I think they should be allowed to leave for prayer, provided either they make up the hours at the end of the year at their own expense (meaning they have to pay the teachers to work the extra days at rate), or they just have to do each grade twice so that they get the required hours at each level.

    • Margaret Swaid

      Hmm. Passive aggressive eh?

      • Kevin Shanahan

        Nope, just believe they have to put in the same hours as the rest of the students, how that is accomplished can be handled many ways. Just don’t believe is special privilege.

        • Floydianslip

          I’m Muslim and I actually think that your suggestion isn’t a bad idea. And for the record you don’t HAVE to go to the mosque to pray your prayers. When I was in school in Central FL in the 80′s and 90′s I remember going into the library and doing my prayers quietly and without issue. My mom asked the school if it’d be OK – and since the prayer times coordinated with lunch time it actually worked out ok. I think in this case the Tampa area Islamic Society is asking for a bit much at the expense of their own childrens’ education.

          • Kevin Shanahan

            Nice to hear voices of reason with useful suggestions.

          • vanderfk

            I believe that it has ceased to be a religious concern and more of a way to “push the envelope”. This seems more of a “political” issue than a wish to practice your religion. Your mother was a wise and caring woman.

          • Floydianslip

            I think you might be right. Though, it could also be that the community hasn’t really thought this through – - OR that the leadership has a political agenda while regular folks just want to live their lives.

          • liberaltraitors

            And there it is. A Muslim American speaks, instead of a Sharia-spouting idiot. Every group has them … people who hold their own down and control the idiot class for their own personal profit. If more reasonable Muslims spoke out against the idiots among them, this world would be a better place. You can apply this to every group. Until moderate Islam stands up and speaks out, there will be massive amounts of distrust.
            I think very little of the idiot Swaid woman posting here, she’s dross. You, I won’t call names.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            This does happen often with many groups. The government has an agenda but makes it look like it’s the groups agenda.

          • Guest

            Exactly. Why can’t they pray at the flag pole?

          • Abunchofbullshit

            Thank you for your comment and education of all. It would be so great if more Muslims would speak out as to how all religions and culture can get along, and against radical Islam. Thanks again.

          • John A.

            do you think that there would be problems if the Christian children asked to pray quietly in the library or the Jewish children? I’m asking, not stating. Just curious what the response would be regarding the old”separation of church and state” AS IT IS NOW INTERPRETED.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            Only Islam will be catered to and this is why it is a problem. First Amendment being redefined in the 60′s was a HUGE mistake. A court overturned our forefathers dream based on one offended Atheist. Now there’s plenty of room for Allah to make his way in. Nature says equality doesn’t exist, so with Christians out it leaves room for the next, Muslims. Problem is, Christians are forced to accept every change we don’t agree with while Islam is catered to. More proof that equality doesn’t exist. Someone will always be on top.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            In America when we want our religion catered to during school hours we open a private school. This is my objection. God and His ways were kicked out and now Allah and his ways are invited in. Christian kids’ parents have to pay a lot of money for private school if they want their religion catered to. Public school is for the general public, not for a specific group to be catered to. If it applied to all religions then maybe it’d be fair, but not when every other religion has to pay thousands of dollars a year to have their religion involved during their regular education. If I take my kid out early for anything the school has a heart attack, so again this makes no sense.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            Your lunchtime is your free time to do reasonable things freely and prayer is reasonable on your own time. I have zero objection to praying at lunchtime or recess. I do have objection to providing a special room. As a Christian in a public school I was forced to find my own quiet spot to pray. I see you did as well, but in some schools they are providing prayer rooms and in some work places foot bathes. I object to that, but praying on your own time and place is no issue at all.

    • liberaltraitors

      I know a lot of teachers who just told you to STFU. No offense, of course.

    • StuckInCali2Long

      Should Christian kids and Mormon kids and Jehovah Witness kids and Jewish kids and Lutherans and Catholics and Episcopalians loooooonger list……all be allowed to do the same? Public school caters to the general public, not religions. You make me sick!! Kicking God out and inviting Allah in, Be careful what you wish for. Christians have a forgiving God the Muslims, not so much, They have gender segregation and they kill gays and they kill liberated women. Good choice. Liberals fight for the rights of gays and women then they condone a religion that goes completely against their views. You Libs think Christians are so bad, but at least we don’t make women cover their faces and sit separately from men and we don’t teach our kids to hate. Again, be careful what you wish for. Paying a school out of pocket to cater to religion is called a private school. You can’t turn a public school semi-private.

  • WitchWay

    Perhaps the Muslim Community there should hold a religious service that would start a bit later in the afternoon and go till sundown. That way the children wouldn’t miss school. Also, what is the age when children are considered adult members of the religious community? Certainly not until they become able to reason on their own? Perhaps 15? No way should Tampa make any changes to the general rules for school attendance. How are other religions holidays treated?

    • Margaret Swaid

      Hmm. Prayer in Islam is at noon on Friday, This isnt negotiable.

      • Floydianslip

        But the kids COULD very well take the 15-30 minutes needed for prayer and go into a room or library to get their prayers in. The parents and leaders in this community aren’t thinking straight if they think its OK and acceptable to pull their kids out of school for 3-4 hours a week from their education.

      • John Craig

        Then go back to your Islamic home in the middle east and have all the prayers you want! Like the man said earlier you live here now, abide by our laws or go home!

        • Margaret Swaid

          Um, some of us are Americans “John”.
          Thanks,
          Meg
          Muslim , with freckles, red hair and a southern accent
          Imagine that John!

          • Boston

            You’re not a true American. You’re a wanna be Muslim.

          • Floydianslip

            A true American is a person who believes that every person has a right to life, liberty and the persuit of happiness, regardless of their religion, race, etc. Every American, including American Muslims have this right – - I’m sorry this idea might offend you but everyone has a right to live the way they choose to live in America. I don’t agree with what you say, but I will fight for your right to say it. It’s the American way :)

          • Guest

            These folks aren’t fighting for Americans, though. They are asking for special accomodation for their group.

          • Mlm46

            Yes, every American has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but there should not be special privileges just for one group.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            They do have the right to live how THEY choose, but they have to right to force our culture to accept it. They can do private school or home school and that would be them practicing their religion the way they choose with all the typical American freedoms, but public school is public school. American “public culture” is very separate from our personal religion and religious practices. I go to church but I don’t have my son go to school and ask them to change the way they do thing to cater to him. Hey Christians didn’t want sex ed taught in schools. You think they cared? They don’t care. We have to adapt is what they tell us. We have to keep up with the times, is what they tell us. No God at school like the forefathers wanted because one Atheist was offended. They do not cater to us PERIOD. They aren’t supposed to cater to any religion.

          • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

            You’ve chosen a dictatorial way of life whose qu’ran devalues women and girls. Now you want schools to make special provision for your children. The state mandates the amount of time children must attend school. Perhaps the mosque should start a school as the Catholic Church did.

          • Mlm46

            Seems like that makes a lot of sense, Pamela, but don’t hold your breath!

          • Mlm46

            You obviously don’t see the double standard here! Other religions cannot say prayers or even mention God in school and you think one particular religion should get special privileges?

          • liberaltraitors

            That means you turned. I think even less of you now.

          • StuckInCali2Long

            If I was in an Arab country, my family was recently in Gaza, we respect the culture. When in a land that has a certain culture it is respectful to follow it. I wouldn’t take part in the religion but I would cover my hair and I’d learn what is appropriate there and what isn’t. I’m not trying to enter another culture and make them cater to me. This is America and you have the freedom to worship as you choose, but it can’t interfere with the culture. It is great that America still approves of private schools because who knows how long it’ll be before they take that from us. Private schools is something you should consider when wanting to worship during Americans’ school hours. You don’t need to change us when you have the freedom of private or home school.

        • Steve Harris

          I hate racists.

      • Boston

        THEN GO BACK WHERE IT DONE !!! ADAPT OR SHUT UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anna

        Yes, Satan doesn’t like his disciples to arrive late.

      • liberaltraitors

        Neither is the school schedule, lady.

      • Jerry

        Then go back to where you came from. You knew what we stood for when you came here. You don’t come here and tell us what to do. Why don’t you kiss a pigs foot you sand ape? How do you like our free speech?

    • StuckInCali2Long

      Maybe they should have private schools like the Christians and Catholic and Lutherans and EVERY other religion had to do? That’s the real question. Trying to change the structure of America to bend to Sharia Law. Private schools are for practicing religion while being educated. Public school is for the general public for education only. I do not object to Muslims practicing their religion, but I do object when it’s on my tax dollars.

  • krjfla

    If this is such an issue for Muslim children and their families, then why doesn’t the mosques or wherever they go to pray change their schedules to extend the prayer time? I don’t think the schools should give in to this at all.

    • Floydianslip

      I agree with your thought on this, but Islamic prayers are set at specific times throughout the day so it wouldn’t be practical to move the schedules around (I know I know) – - theres 5 daily prayers – once early in the morning, then an afternoon prayer, then late afternoon, then around supper time and finally around bedtime – - the prayer that these folks are talking about is always around lunch time on Fridays (its the equivalent of Sunday Mass for Christians or Saturday Sabath for Jews) – - but the community seems to think that its acceptable to remove their children from the GREATER community for multiple hours a week and isolate themselves even more. The kids can do their prayers in a quiet area at the school itself – - God doesn’t care about what car you take as long as you get to the destination. I think that this is one of the times where the Islamic community might not be thinking things all the way through. Thanks for not being angry or anti-Muslim in your comment – - we’re not all crazy :)

  • wappingers91

    You’re damed if you do damed if you don’t. Just follow the law. How early do they what to get out. I know the Catholics students get out early in some diocese.

    • Floydianslip

      The Muslim sabath is on Fridays around 1PM – - but they are asking for longer I guess for transportation etc.

    • Alvin

      Right …and Catholics are footing the bill for their own private education, so they can do whatever they want. Muslims are dictating to public schools what they think they should be allowed to do …

      • Mlm46

        Why is that so hard for some people to understand? Trying to accommodate all religions is creating chaos! If you accommodate one, then all others should be respected!

  • TheHutMaster

    You know what, if they want to live by thier law, then go the phuck to where ever. Next we will hear red light are a sin in their country, and they are exempt. LMFAO.

    • Floydianslip

      That’s a bit of a naive thought – - what the community is asking for is the chance to take their kids to prayers on the sabbath day. Jews observe their sabbath on Saturdays, and Christians observe theirs on Sundays – - it just happens to be that the Muslim sabbath is on a weekday, and thats whats causing the issue. And don’t forget, a lot of Muslims (like me) were born and raised in the USA and are as American as apple pie. If you tell them to go back to where they’re from they’ll just go back to Tampa, Miami, Orlando or whatever American city they were born and raised in. The beauty of America is that we don’t all have to share the same beliefs but we can all be American together. God bless the USA for that!

      • TheHutMaster

        With all due respect, This is USA and not under any Muslim anything. While I greatly respect your believs, I and this country are not here to bend to them.
        We have already lost our culture in great porportions, I am not ready to allow this nor any other demands.

        We are not a muslim country, so I think you should find one if you expect to live by this 100%

        The change you demand is not within your powers.

        • Floydianslip

          Sure – and thanks for not being crazy :)

          Though, and you might not like that I say this, America is not based on any religion. One of the reasons we have a separation between church and state is to make sure that no government can force you to pray a certain way AND to make sure that no preacher can force you to live a certain way. We’re not a Muslim country, but we’re not a Jewish or Christian, or Bhuddist country – - we’re a country of all things. Imagine if someone said to you (and I’m assuming your faith here) “hey, we’re not a Christian country, so I think you should find one if you expect to live like one 100%” – - you wouldn’t feel very welcome. I hear what you’re saying, and I think the right solution is to figure out a way for all of us to live our lives with liberty and in the persuit of happiness like the forefathers wanted us to. And I know we can too – - once upon a time Protestants and Catholics used to feud with each other in America, but in time and with a sound dialouge differences were settled and solutions were found. I have faith in America, and you and I having this discussion is proof of the power of the USA :)

          • TheHutMaster

            “I pledge allegiance to the
            flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands,
            one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
            all.”
            NOT ALI, or whom ever….

          • Floydianslip

            We believe in God too! Don’t believe the hype. The three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity, Judaism) all believe in God. Muslims even believe in the power of Jesus – - we just have an additional prophet that we believe came along afterwards. And I don’t know who Ali is either ;)

          • TheHutMaster

            Point well accepted. Thank you.

            Point well taken.

          • WitchWay

            The under God part was an afterthought that was inserted during the McCarthy era under Pres. Eisenhower in the ’50s.

          • TheHutMaster

            And… LMAO, Catholics are the worst LIARS on this planet. PERIOD. Greedy money hungry LIARS. Watch your children around that “crew”

          • Floydianslip

            Ohhhh – - and here I was thinking we were having a nice rational discussion but it sounds like you’ve got some good old fashioned hate in your heart – - so you don’t like the Catholics, the Muslims – - what about the Jews? I hope you open your heart to the Lords love one day and realize we’re all brothers and sisters in the grace of God :)

          • TheHutMaster

            I keep my magic in my heart….. I have my God and do not need others silly rules or money hungry intimedations of guilt.

          • Floydianslip

            Then cheers to you and the USA for letting you believe and live exactly how you want :) Appreciate the discussion – - and while we don’t agree on everything we can still discuss in a civil manner.

          • TheHutMaster

            May OUR GOD bless you, SIR.

          • Floydianslip

            Hear, hear! But seriously – - imagine if we lived in europe or some other godless place – - even THIS conversation between a Christian and a Muslim would be slammed. We lived in the greatest f***ing country in the world!!

          • TheHutMaster

            All is well SIR. I am in foreclosure defence around the country. I do not like anything I see. I see familes being displaced on a daily basis and I am ready to really do something about this. After 5 years of being whitness to this, I am over the whining and crying, WE MUST stop the big machine, live in peace TOGETHER, and move on!.

          • Floydianslip

            :( That’s a whole other can of worms. Props to you for helping the common man out. Do me a favor and help out some Muslim familes that got stuck in bad loans too ;) Cheers from CA.

          • TheHutMaster

            Have them call me. I have several cross sections and my passion for fellow man is the root. My angel fund, last year alone put out over 100k in assistance. To include Hotel stays, power bills phone bills and the like.
            While I may appear combative, I am mearly pissed off at the rape commited by Wall Street, and the take over of our US Culture.

          • Floydianslip

            You don’t have to tell me, dude. When you get away from MSNBC, Fox News and just talk to your neighbor and learn about what makes people who they are, you realize that theres SO many more things that make us similar than make us different. Keep up the good fight!

          • Abunchofbullshit

            Thanks again for all your input, very refreshing. I do want to comment on talking to your neighbor, as I agree again totally. The problem I see, as in these conversations I hear so much non-truths, is the network TV news that fails to report the news unbiased. Since their viewership is so much greater than FOX and MSNBC added together, they should be forced to be unbiased, but they continue to indoctrinate the viewership because most think they wouldn’t lie or misrepresent. Different subject than this feed, but had to reply.

          • Guest

            My understanding is that Muslims don’t take out traditional loans. Even if they did, they receive $audi $upport to cover their losses.

          • TheHutMaster

            To command ANYONE to drop to their knees at 1 PM, if the wind is from the south, and the wise owl is in the tree is nothing but PROGRAMMING< PERIOD!

          • Floydianslip

            I respect your opinion sir :)

          • Joy Crittenden Christian

            Just FYI – contrary to popular and rewritten accounts of history, America was founded as a “Christian country”; the “separation” was meant to be that the government didn’t dictate how religion would be practiced. But the Founding Fathers clearly came out on the side of believing in, and seeking, divine guidance and blessing. The Judeo-Christian heritage is evident in the underpinnings of our society and government.

        • WitchWay

          TheHutMaster – we may not be a Muslim country, but we are a country with many diverse religions. I know this because I happen to be a part of an Inter-Faith community team that tries to educate and grow respect for ALL religions that are practiced in our region. You see, if we can respect, even though we don’t agree – that is a good first step to being good neighbors. Members of the team I am on include Hindu’s, Buddhist, Mormon, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Pagan (myself) as well as most of the protestant churches. Everyone has a representative and we all help out each other whenever needed.

        • Steve Harris

          So what are we then? A “Christian” country? Jesus. We are a FREE COUNTRY. Muslims are free to petition. They are free to setup their own schools. They are free to speak out, even if it seems inane to some people They are just like YOU.

      • John Craig

        Since you were born here and know our laws, then what is the big deal! If the schools say you have to attend 180 “WHOLE DAYS” then that is what you have to do, otherwise the public schools “DO NOT GET FEDERAL MONEY FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT DO NOT MEET THAT REQUIREMENT! Bet you didn’t know that did you, Floydianslip!

        • Floydianslip

          I’m not sure where you think we’re disagreeing. I’ve been saying that I don’t agree with what the Islamic community in Tampa is doing. But also, I did know about the whole days thing.

      • Boston

        All of a sudden it’s an issue? Troublemakers is all they are. It was fine for you when you went to school, what’s changed?

        • Floydianslip

          I’d just ask that you remember that its not ALL Muslims that are asking for this, but the leadership of ONE particular community – - – we really don’t know if this is politically motivated by a few bad apples or not. I hope you can understand that just like you don’t represent everyone in your community, that these people don’t represent all Muslims.

    • Margaret Swaid

      Hmm. Christmas is “your law” eh?
      Seems you get two weeks a year plus to indulge your er…religious precocities.

      • liberaltraitors

        Shut up, wretch. Your odor is bothersome.

      • Harleychikadee

        You are disgusting.

  • The_Good_Life

    Thank you for sharing this!

    We will be sure to share this letter widely so that MORE Muslim students and parents can use this as a template letter to request early dismissal on Fridays as they are allowed to do under civil rights laws that were passed back in 1964!

    Thank you again!

    • John Craig

      AS I stated above if schools do not get the mandatory 180 whole days of classes by each student they lose federal money! The civil rights act, doesn’t cover missing one day in 5 every week, sir, it just cover religious holidays that are accepted by Congress of the USA! Build your own school like the Catholics then you can do whatever you like!

    • Boston

      THAT’S BS.

  • John Craig

    Margaret Swaid, you are just ridiculous!

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