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This intervention belongs in Muslim schools

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Submitted by Herb F (United States), Mar 8, 2009 at 22:45

Pipes should continue to update the nation on these non academic endeavers to modify emotions and behavior in American schools through these semi forced, long term types of role playing. This brings religion right into schools where it belongs only as an academic course, perhaps in the form of comparative religion, especially in high school rather than 7th grade, and with parental knowledge. Lets remember that "one nation under god," or "in God we trust" are of long standing traditions, which while the use of these expressions may be debated, their intent is spiritual, are not intimidating, and do not function to modify ones' beliefs.

And while it might be good to learn about another religion, this objective should be put into objective terms and present the full range of the religion, not just what a curriculum developer believes are its positive, so called "moral, features. I have seen no hindu, jewish, or christian role playing in schools with an eye on converting its participants; why would Islamists want to promote religion in schools when this is not a recognized forum for gaining converts? Possibly these methods belong in schools for American Muslims, especially those who might wish to be Americans first but not forget the good within their own religion while still being reminded of its history.

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