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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2008-04-09 16:05 

You can’t have a moment of silence in public school anymore because someone is offended. People are pushing to have the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance stopped because it has “God” in it. Christmas trees are removed, Christmas pageants are renamed “holiday pageants”, and every shred of Christianity is being removed, bit by bit, by those who scream “separation of church and state!”

Yet in Minneapolis at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school, children are being taught Islam and the Koran on the public taxpayers dime, and no one questions it or says a word.

Now, however, an eyewitness has stepped forward. Amanda Getz of Bloomington is a substitute teacher. She worked as a substitute in two fifth-grade classrooms at TIZA on Friday, March 14. Her experience suggests that school-sponsored religious activity plays an integral role at TIZA.

Arriving on a Friday, the Muslim holy day, she says she was told that the days schedule included a “school assembly” in the gym after lunch.

Before the assembly, she says she was told, her duties would include taking her fifth-grade students to the bathroom, four at a time, to perform “their ritual washing.”

Afterward, Getz said, “teachers led the kids into the gym, where a man dressed in white with a white cap, who had been at the school all day,” was preparing to lead prayer. Beside him, another man “was prostrating himself in prayer on a carpet as the students entered.”

“The prayer I saw was not voluntary,” Getz said. “The kids were corralled by adults and required to go to the assembly where prayer occurred.”

[…]

[…] TIZA has in effect extended the school day — buses leave only after Islamic Studies is over.

[emphasis added]

Where are the “separation of church and state” people now? Their silence — in the name of “tolerance” — is deafening.

If Muslims are able to use taxpayer money to fund their school, then Christians, Jews, and Hindus should be allowed to as well. 

Read the full article here: Wall of silence broken at states Muslim public school

Then use the Mailbox to call, fax, and write your legislators. Either religion in public, taxpayer-funded schools is permitted for all faiths, or no faiths, no exceptions. Remember: they’re getting federal education dollars, so this is an issue for all of us to get involved in.


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Comments (2)

2 Responses to “Public schools: teaching reading, writing, and… the Koran?”

  1. Granny T Says:

    Thank you for posting this article. Another form of “religion” being promoted by tax dollars is witchcraft. Students are encouraged to read Harry Potter and discouraged from reading the Bible. Some schools even forbid bringing their own copy to school. Are they afraid someone could possible be swayed to practice some of the teachings promoted by Jesus? Would that be scarier than them being swayed to be suicide bombers?

  2. hsmith Says:

    Great article – this practice of allowing Islamic teachings in our public schools must stop. If I had the money, I would bring a lawsuit against the schools for allowing this to go on. Does anyone have any money to stop this ridiculous use of taxpayer funds?