A video for your viewing pleasure, presented without commentary. Well, no commentary until below the video so be sure to watch it first.
Now imagine that your non-Muslim child has just watched this in their public school. And also remember that there is no way in hell a public school district would let your Christian kid sing “Silent Night” at a “Holiday Program”.
That is what happened in a school in New Jersey and now the mother is suing the school district. I say she should go for it. If you will allow me to quote, ahem, myself from an earlier post about a school setting aside a room for Ramadan prayers:
…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…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.
If the school shows a video of the life of Jesus acknowledging Him as the Son of God and Savior of the world with no other context, then I withdraw my criticisms.
Just be fair. That’s all you need to do.
Very thorough article by Allison Pries at nj.com:
A Chatham mother has filed a federal lawsuit against school officials saying they forced her son to watch Islamic conversion videos and ignored the study of Christianity and Judaism, according to court documents.
…Libby Hilsenrath filed the lawsuit on behalf of her 12-year-old son, C.H., a 7th grader at Chatham Middle School, and is asking the court to grant a permanent injuction, nominal damages and litigation costs. It also says that C.H. has suffered irreparable harm which warrants declaratory and injunctive relief as well as nominal damages for the loss of constitutional rights.
…She is represented by attorney Michael Hrycak, a Westfield-based attorney who is affiliated with the Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit conservative Christian law firm.
“What would people say if our public schools taught Christianity as the true faith?,” said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel for Thomas More, in a statement on the law center’s website. “Chatham Middle School made a mockery of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.”
Lots more at the link.