July 6, 2008
I have a strong feeling the ACLU would have less of a problem with something like this happening here in the United States than they would with even a moment of silence in the public schools.*
Report: Schoolboys Get Detention for Refusing to Pray to Allah
Saturday , July 05, 2008 FOX NEWS
Two boys were punished this week for refusing to kneel on prayer mats and worship Allah during a class demonstration on Islam, the Daily Mail reported.
Irate parents said a religious education teacher at the Alsager High School in England told students to wear Muslim headgear during a lesson on Tuesday. "But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion, there would be war," the grandfather of one of the students said.
The two boys belong to a class that includes 11- to 12-year-olds, and after their refusal to participate they were given detention, the story says.
Another parent, Karen Williams, told the Mail: "Not only was it forced upon them, my daughter was told off for not doing it right. They'd never done it before and they were supposed to do it in another language."
Deputy Headmaster Keith Plant said the teacher has given her version of the incident but he declined to elaborate.
According to a statement from the Cheshire County Council on behalf of the school: "Educating children in the beliefs of different faith is part of the diversity curriculum on the basis that knowledge is essential to understanding.
"We accept that such teaching is to be conducted with some sense of sensitivity."
* Update: I am referencing cases in the United States where the ACLU has been silent when it is Islam that is being proselytized (most notably with Islam being taught to seventh graders in California public schools and Muslim footbaths on the University of Michigan campus