Which one has their holy season celebrated and special rooms set a side for their religious prayers?
You get exactly 1 guess.
And this is not the first case. Other examples of preferential treatment are here, here, here, here and here, for example. Now, let me say that I don’t have a problem with the schools setting aside rooms for Muslims to pray during Ramadan – I’m not one of these crackpots that thinks any instance of religion outside a church or private home constitutes “government endorsement” of that religion. I also don’t think that 1st Amendment protection of free exercise of religion ends at the door to a government building. If the school wants to set aside the rooms for religious observance during the day, so be it. But the principle must be universal – you can’t allow Muslims free reign to observe their Ramadan commitments but force Christians to not bring their Bible to class or not allow them to sing religious holiday songs during the Christmas season or, indeed, to rename “Christmas Vacation” to “Winter Solstice” or whatever.
Any idiot can see that violates equal protection and, frankly, is just plain dickish.
From WRGB in Albany, NY:
The largest school district in Saratoga County says it will allow Muslim students to pray in rooms in at its’ high school.
The Shenendehowa High School Principal says classrooms are being set aside so Muslim students can pray during Ramadan.
Since then, we’ve heard from parents who are against the move.
One parent sent us a letter explaining her concerns saying:
“Since prayer for other religions was removed from school years ago, I feel as Shen has crossed the line on allowing this on campus.”
Some folks we talked to in Clifton Park agreed, like David Chapleau.
“You just can’t bring religion into a public institution where were really trying to teach kids to the idea of opening their critical faculties,” Chapleau said.
The woman’s outcry is in response to an email from the Shenendehowa High School Principal to students and parents. It addresses the month of Ramadan, a time of fasting and prayer for Muslims. It says, in part:
“Prayer occurs on a daily basis for practicing Muslims. This can be challenging in today’s modern public high school. In an attempt to make reasonable accommodations for students and employees to meet their personal religious obligations, room 65 in High School West and room 109 in High School East have been set aside so students can incorporate this important aspect of their religion into their daily activities while at school.”
The letter explains two classrooms will be set aside for students to meet their religious obligations during school hours.
Meanwhile, how are Christian prayers treated in the public schools? Just a bit differently.
Vancouver, Washington: 12 Students Suspended for Praying
Man, West Virginia: Teacher Interrupts Student’s Lunch Prayer
Colorado Springs, Colorado: School Bans Students from Praying Together
Glendo, Wyoming: School Tells Students They Can Only Pray in Private
Wakulla County, Florida: Coach Reprimanded After Taking Knee During Team Prayer