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2 of 2 - public school teachers insisting it's a "Christian school"

Same article from my other question, but this bit stood out as disturbing - when the school agreed to let Muslim students be excused from class to pray, some Christian teachers got mad and insisted it's a "Christian school".  The school in question is a PUBLIC school, and Christian students are allowed to pray whenever they want.  The exception is for Muslims because prayer for them is more involved and has to be done at a certain time.

Should these teachers be diciplined for 1) not understanding the Constitution they're supposed to teach and/or 2) protesting Muslim students being allowed to be Muslim in their public school and/or 3) suggesting any public school is Christian?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 7:35 PM on Jan. 29, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • What state is this in??
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 7:42 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • Yes, clearly they should be disciplined but, IMO, no students should be given prayer time.

    3libras

    Answer by 3libras at 7:44 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • What state is this in??

    Maryland - it's a collar county around Wash DC
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 7:48 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • I think they should be disciplined, even if just by being educated on the matter. And I do believe that Muslim students should have the right to be excused at the mandated times of the day to pray as their religion directs. The separation between church and state, in this instance (religion in school), is meant to keep the students protected from the authority of the school and those within its employ, not to protect the school from the students, if you get what I mean. The students should be free to practice the pillar of their faith without interference from administration or faculty, just as a Christian student is free to pray to God before they take a test or eat their lunch, etc.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:52 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • Maryland - it's a collar county around Wash DC

    Oh wow.... I would have expected this a little further south... yikes!
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 8:14 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • When these muslim children are excused does the rest of the class stop everything and wait for their return?
    I am very curious because a few schools I have subbed in did this because it was not fair for them to miss out on instruction.
    I think we walk a fine line. Yes the teachers are wrong because it is a public school and not a christian school. How ever if the classes stop for the muslim children odesn't it stand to reason that all the children should be dismissed to the various religious groups for study or prayer at the same times? Obviousy those who do not have a religion could certainly go to teachers who also have no religious leanings.
    That would be right and equal.
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 8:24 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • When these muslim children are excused does the rest of the class stop everything and wait for their return?

    That's why I made a whole separate question for that
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:24 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • AH Looking
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 8:39 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • This is good. Since the prayer times change the students may end up doing the noon prayer around their lunchtime, and the mid afternoon prayer in a month or two will come at a later time than school hours but if its done during the classtime it should not take no more than a few minutes to complete.

    The other 3 prayers are done at home since the times are not during the school hours.

    So a student will not miss too much class time.
    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:10 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

  • The teachers definitely need some education about the First Amendment and how the USDoE interprets it regarding public schools and children's right to pray.

    jsbenkert

    Answer by jsbenkert at 9:47 PM on Jan. 29, 2013

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