CAIR-OH: FUROR OVER FASTING MUSLIMS
Mason school board member Jennifer Miller, who ran on a conservative Christian platform, thinks Christianity should be part of public school education.
So when she heard that two Muslim students had been offered a separate room during lunchtime at Mason High as they fasted during Ramadan, it raised her ire.
During Mason's board meeting Tuesday, a resident accused officials of being overly accommodating by giving the two high school students a separate room during the lunch hour for their dawn-to-dusk fast during the month-long Islamic holiday.
Miller accused school officials of lying about the room's purpose, igniting an argument that ended the meeting early.
"We are a Christian nation, not a Muslim nation," Miller said Wednesday.
"Our Christian values have declined and yet we allow other faiths besides Christianity to have precedence in our schools," Miller said.
Miller and Superintendent Kevin Bright disagreed about the intent of the room, with Bright saying it was supposed to be a "fasting room" and Miller saying it was meant as a "prayer room."
Miller, who wants prayer in public schools and some Bible-based instruction, has no plans to take further action in this situation. . .
Karen Dabdoub, director of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that as long as students initiate and run an activity, it is protected under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"It's very unfortunate that someone might be upset by this. ... The right is there for all students of all faiths, not just Muslims," said Dabdoub. "Most school administrators know their stuff and they know what the law says in this regard."