In reading the article, I thought it would be interesting for debate, but I also saw something disturbing mentioned in it, almost as an aside. I'm posting that as a separate question, but it involves the same article: Prince George’s Co. school lets Muslim students out of class to pray
tldr - Muslims are expected to pray at specific times each day. This school agrees to let them out of class to pray for 8 minutes, but only if they have good grades.
Fair compromise? Special privilege? Or should they be allowed without the grade requirement?Answer Question
Answer by 3libras at 7:42 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
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Answer by Dardenella at 8:47 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
I'm actually torn on this one. On one hand, it is a public school, for the instruction of all children, equally. To me, that means that it is the academic instruction that is the purpose of the school, and religious activities should be done on the students' own time. A silent prayer before meals (or before tests) are well within a student's rights because that would not interfere with or infringe upon the rights and instruction of the other students. To grant special prayer time to a certain group of students seems like it would be disruptive. If special accommodations are made for one group, then all should be allowed the same exceptions and be given the time for meditation, prayer, rituals, whatever their beliefs dictate.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:27 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
On the other hand, prayer is very structured for Muslims, and I'm not sure how Islam makes allowances for situations like meetings, school, etc. I'd hate to say that Muslims should opt for a private school if they are not allowed to pray in their way in a public school because that seems discriminatory, as well.
Excellent question, and as I said, I can see at least two sides to it.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:29 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
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