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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Christians oppose their children being forced to pray to Allah

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Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during a religious education lesson.

Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.

They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at Alsager High School, near Stoke-on-Trent - which included wearing Muslim headgear - was a breach of their human rights.

Granted, that happened in England, but can you imagine the uproar if it happened here? And yet, Christians have no problem trying to force children to pray say the pledge every morning at school.


Sergio said...

I agree with your last comments. Saying the pledge at school has become less of a openly mandatory thing, yes, but the feeling of 'the black sheep' is obviously experienced when deciding to not say the pledge (or the 'Under God' part).

It's not that I don't appreciate the United States of America, it's just that I do not think you necessarily have to say a pledge everyday to show love for your country. You don't even have to like where you live to live there (Of course, I do not hate the United States). Many may disagree with my take on the pledge, but this is my take as a student who has to do this daily on weekdays, and is involved in the Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps.

mathyoo said...

I agree. It's not that I'm unpatriotic, but forcing someone, or even coercing them, to say a particular oath or pledge seems to be a violation of the first amendment, regardless of what that oath or pledge is.