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9 April 2008, 11:27 am. 9 Comments. Filed under 1st Amendment, Education, Taxes.

Director breaks wall of silence at state’s Muslim public school

TIZA has many characteristics that suggest a religious school. It shares the headquarters building of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, whose mission is “establishing Islam in Minnesota.” The building also houses a mosque. TIZA’s executive director, Asad Zaman, is a Muslim imam, or religious leader, and its sponsor is an organization called Islamic Relief.

Students pray daily, the cafeteria serves halal food – permissible under Islamic law — and “Islamic Studies” is offered at the end of the school day.

Wait a minute. Taxpayer funded schools refuse to allow Christian students to lead others in prayer, to say “G-d” at graduation ceremonies, to perform a Christian song in a talent show, or any number of Christian activities, but it’s ok for the students of this particular taxpayer funded school to pray to Mecca on a regular basis?

The department is set up to operate on a “complaint basis,” and “since 2004, we haven’t gotten a single complaint about TIZA,” Brown said. In 2004, he sent two letters to the school inquiring about religious activity reported by visiting department staffers and in a news article. Brown was satisfied with Zaman’s assurance that prayer is “voluntary” and “student-led,” he said. The department did not attempt to confirm this independently, and did not ask how 5- to 11-year-olds could be initiating prayer. (At the time, TIZA was a K-5 school.)

Uh huh. Knowing five years old proclivity to doing anything other than play, eat, sleep and generally be five year old, I find it hard to believe that just automatically jump during a certain time of the day to go pray….UNLESS of course, it’s been drilled into them, by both parents and teachers.

TIZA’s operation as a public, taxpayer-funded school is troubling on several fronts. TIZA is skirting the law by operating what is essentially an Islamic school at taxpayer expense. The Department of Education has failed to provide the oversight necessary to catch these illegalities, and appears to lack the tools to do so. In addition, there’s a double standard at work here — if TIZA were a Christian school, it would likely be gone in a heartbeat.

Oh, you betcha! There would be groups like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion all up in arms, threatening expensive lawsuits in order to shut down anything that vaguely resembles Christian doctrine.

I’m all for the 1st Amendment. If one taxpayer funded school is going to focus on Islam, then other taxpayer funded schools should be able to teach Christianity and Bible based lessons, or the Torah, or any number of the various religions which are dominant in this country. All, or none!

On a side note:  I don’t believe any of our Founding Fathers were Muslim.  If I remember correctly, there was actually a bit of battling going on back then with “pirates”.

H/T: silent E speaks

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  1. Edwin. 9 April 2008, 12:00 pm

    Perhaps a quick fact-check is in order: The ACLU is investigating and complaining.

  2. Billiam. 9 April 2008, 12:56 pm

    Ah, but Kate. Many on the left view Christianity as more dangerous and evil than Islam. They think like Rosie.

  3. John Foust. 9 April 2008, 1:08 pm

    So you’re saying you’re opposed to charter school funding delivered to Christian schools, too?

  4. Does the ACLU Believe in the Seperation of Mosque and State? : Stop The ACLU. 9 April 2008, 3:31 pm

    [...] An Ol’ Broad reads my mind: Oh, you betcha! There would be groups like the ACLU and Freedom From Religion all up in arms, threatening expensive lawsuits in order to shut down anything that vaguely resembles Christian doctrine. [...]

  5. olbroad. 9 April 2008, 5:20 pm

    Edwin: One tiny little link dated back in March? What are they doing? The article was published today.

    Billiam: Ever wonder why they are so afraid? Perhaps because, way deep down, in the tiny recesses of their brains, they know they are in the wrong? Just a thought.

    John: No, I’m not opposed to charter schools getting funding IF it’s there is equality. C’mon, you know as well as I do….or maybe you don’t, Christians are being targeted while Muslims are being appeased. Is this equal protection? The 1st Amendment guarantees freedom OF religion, yet kids are being denied this right, IF they are Christian. All I’m asking for is equality.

  6. John Foust. 9 April 2008, 5:52 pm

    There are already religious schools benefitting from charter school vouchers, right? You think it’s OK if tax dollars are used to promote one religion, but not another?

  7. olbroad. 9 April 2008, 6:38 pm

    I’m not normally rude….but I gotta ask, John… you actually READ what has been written, or do you just automatically jump on the moonbat’s wings, and ignore what’s right in front of you?

  8. Edwin. 11 April 2008, 1:25 pm

    The ACLU began investigating after Kersten’s first article in March. The most recent article from her only makes concrete the earlier allegations, and the ACLU investigation is continuing.

  9. olbroad. 11 April 2008, 1:28 pm

    Ok, I’ll buy that. Given the ACLU’S history, I think they look at cases like this just to be able to say “Hey, see? We do fight for all sides.” Kind of like the token (insert choice of “tokens” here).