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You can't have it both ways

Reader comment on item: Spreading Islam in American Public Schools

Submitted by Romesh Chander (United States), Nov 25, 2004 at 15:11

The problem with our society is that we want it both ways. We want our schools to display 'Ten Commandments', 'have prayer in schools', etc and then NOT teach Islam. If we strictly observed the Separation of Church and State, then Muslims would have no chance of 'imposing' their brand ((or any other kind) of Islam in our schools or in that case in any of our public institutions.

Does it make our children more 'virtuous' or 'pious' or teen age preganancy go down if they recited their prayer in school? Would it make our society less 'adulterous' if we recited our Ten Commandments every morning? Would the murder rate go down, if we continously recited 'Thou shall not kill'? Would we provide better justice in our society if we put plaques of Ten Commandments in our court rooms (Everybody knows the quality of Justice in the State of Alabama, where the issue of plaque is so vociferously fought).


Let us STRICTLY observe the Separation of Church and State, and the problem of Islamic teaching in our schools will not arise. But we want to thrust 'our' Christianity in our schools, in our TV and radio/media, and decry when others insist on equal opportunity in our public institutions.

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