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Old 08-07-2007, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ANGRY parents have blasted a teacher for telling ten-year-olds to copy a Muslim prayer saying “There is no God but Allah”.

Helen Green is said to have picked the Muslim call to prayer as HAND-WRITING practice.

It includes the lines “Allah is the greatest” and “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah”.

Pupil Billy Darbyshire’s stepmum Hayley Clayton said: “The explanation was that the children were learning about Islam in RE.

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Old 08-07-2007, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I'm sure they could have used some other handwriting example to pick then a Muslim prayer. That would make me very upset too!

Can you imagine if a Muslim was forced to take a class on Christianity and was forced to write the Lord's Prayer as a handwriting example! The whole world would be in an uproar...and I'm sure someone would be suing!

It will be interesting to see what kind of coverage the media gives this.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Looks like a surreptitious way of promoting the Muslim religion to children.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I am not an advocate for teaching religion in science class but I am an advocate for teaching religion in Social Studies or something like it. I do find that doing things such as this is immoral strictly from an educational standpoint. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Norse Mythology, there is no room in the class to say what is true and what isn't in regards to religion. On that note, to give a better understanding of the world around us and other people's beliefs religion, as a whole, should be studied in school but not seen as one religion being right or wrong over any other.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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I am not an advocate for teaching religion in science class but I am an advocate for teaching religion in Social Studies or something like it. I do find that doing things such as this is immoral strictly from an educational standpoint. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Norse Mythology, there is no room in the class to say what is true and what isn't in regards to religion. On that note, to give a better understanding of the world around us and other people's beliefs religion, as a whole, should be studied in school but not seen as one religion being right or wrong over any other.
Studied...yes...taught prayers under the disguise of a handwriting excersize...NO!
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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Studied...yes...taught prayers under the disguise of a handwriting excersize...NO!
I have to agree with you on this one, Jazzed. Studying a religion is fine, but I think copying prayers down, to practice handwriting, is pushing it too far. And, it doesn't matter who's religion we're talking about. I suspect that Muslims would not appreciate it, if their children were made to write down Christian prayers. As a matter of fact, I wonder whether or not Muslims would consider it downright offensive that non-Muslims were writing down their prayers, in the first place. Now, I'm just guessing on that, of course. But, either way, it should not be done!
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:45 AM
 
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What is RE? It says the children were learning about Islam in RE. I would have to know more.

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Old 08-08-2007, 05:46 AM
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Location: Durham, NC
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I don't see how this is any different than requiring students to say the pledge of allegiance (which includes a reference to god).
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:19 AM
 
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I also don't see the difference. My son (in second grade) had to memorize a poem which started, "Oh, Africa let freedom reign, Oh, Africa let freedom reign. Bring down a storm on the white man's home. Let him know that God IS watching all." This is public school. My husband and I were insenced!
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Old 08-08-2007, 06:33 AM
 
Location: South Seattle Suburbs
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I don't see how this is any different than requiring students to say the pledge of allegiance (which includes a reference to god).
Agreed. Tit for tat.
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