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Yes, Sheila -- there's something really out of balance here.

Reader comment on item: Congress: Stop Subsidizing Biased Middle East Studies
in response to reader comment: teaching of Islam in LAUSD, schools in Los Angeles

Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Nov 25, 2014 at 10:32

Hi, Sheila

I agree with you: Islam is being taught every month in the teachers' newsletter; but I doubt that the LA school system has had a course in Judaism at any time in its history. It would be wonderful, if religious studies courses were actually taught in public schools, with a Muslim imam teaching Islam, a Jewish rabbi teaching Judaism, a Catholic priest teaching Catholicism, etc.

Imagine that happening, without some atheist lawyers going berserk! Still, I think it's a good idea. Religion exists; and it goes against reason, for the government to try to shield students from that reality. But presenting one religion only, namely, Islam, smacks of a real breach of the First Amendment.

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