Well, this is alright, though

Judge rules Islamic education OK in California classrooms

In an article entitled “Judicial Jihad”:

Requiring seventh-grade students to pretend they’re Muslims, wear Islamic garb, memorize verses from the Quran, pray to Allah and even to play “jihad games” in California public schools has been legally upheld by a federal judge, who has dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit brought by several Christian students and their parents.

The story notes that an appeal of the decision would go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that “One nation under God” violates the Constitution. We’ll see.


  1. *Symbols* of Christian religion are forbidden in schools, but apparently if the religious leaders pushed to have actual *forced participation* in the religion, it would be OK.

  2. I don’t believe symbols of religion are forbidden in schools (not on the main, anyways) but rather symbols that present (or can reasonably, but cautiously ) a religion as being the official or ‘correct’ religion. Certainly there are situations that get out of line both ways on this, and the French seem to be getting wacky about this concept (surprising, eh?), but it seems like there could be a middle ground on this. I’m curious to see how this plays out. I’m not sure if the parents bringing the suit are likely to make the connection between being ‘forced’ to act like a Muslim and others being ‘forced’ to say ‘under God’, but I’m hoping others will and find us a middle way.

  3. I don’t think anyone has been ‘forced’ to say the pledge for awhile now. Certainly no one is stopping kids from abstaining from those two words if they don’t believe in (a) God. I think this is wrong (double standards for religions), and I think the French are wrong in what they’re doing these days.

  4. It’s just plain silly that so many people cry ‘seperation of church and state’ when a Christian wants to talk about the Bible or lead a students-only prayer group in the lunch room before school, but suddenly leap up and ‘preach’ tolerance when it’s a non-Judeo-Christian culture/religion in question. It’s double standards, plain and simple. No one is forcing anyone to say ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance. No one is forcing anyone to join the prayer group or take part in the prayer before a football game. No one is wearing a cross necklace or a WWJD bracelet to offend other students. But all that is under concerted attack, if not banned outright. As far as I know, every single lawsuit pertaining to religion in schools claims that the plaintiff was ‘offended’ or was made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ by whatever they’re suing someone over. But when you try to talk about it, the Left jumps up and says it’s not about ‘offense,’ it’s about government endorsement of religion in public buildings with publicly funded resources. I’m not arguing in favor of prayer groups or Kwanza celebrations in school. I’m arguing in favor of equal standards. I don’t see them.