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Submitted by ajfest (United States), Apr 25, 2007 at 15:31

If, as you say, the learning of the Arabic language promotes an Islamic outlook, then it would seem that a First Amendment issue is raised as to whether the so called "establishment" clause is being violated by the public funding of this apparent madrasa.

Where the heck is the ACLU when you really need them?

If this school were promoting a Christian or Jewish orientation; however indirectly or subtly, the lawsuit would have already been commenced.

Here are a few things that need to be closely watched as this travesty unfolds:

Will this school make accommodations to Muslim students? Allow them to leave class to pray five times per day?

Will teenage boys and girls be allowed to socialize in a normal manner? Will there be school dances? A Senior Prom? Or will we hear about discipline being imposed when a couple of teenagers are caught holding hands?

Will the school follow the same calandar as all NYC Schools, with the usual Christmas (sorry, I meant winter) and Easter ( no I mean spring) vacations- or will there be some Muslim holidays thrown in?

Most importantly, how will the teach history?

Please keep the spotlight on this story. The taxpayers of New York City have a right to know if their monies are supporting a sharia enclave.

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