Letter: Muslims Deserve Accommodation


It would be irrelevant to bring up one of the innumerable times that Christianity has been forced upon non-Christian students in public school.

Christianity and Islam, although both monotheistic religions, have widely different customs of worship. While Christians may pray during the whole 24-hour period of the day, Muslims are required by Islam to pray at five specific intervals during the day.

Giving Muslims a room of their own to pray in is not a slap in the face to all other religions on campus, but a move toward the acceptance of all religions.

Keep in mind, most campuses in America have at least two churches and a synagogue close enough for Christian and Jewish students to pray.

Giving Muslim elementary school students an extra recess break is not meant to be a slap in the face to other students, it is meant for the Muslims to fulfill their daily religious obligations to their deity (left out for respect).

In all of these school-related Muslim accommodations, the Muslims are keeping by themselves to be religious and not disturb the lives of any non-Muslim individuals. With regards to anti-Semitic Muslims, racism in any form should be punished, regardless of the religion of those involved.

When a public school teacher decides to bring his or her entire class to a play that stresses Christianity, the teacher is forcing students into a religiously-based event.

The ACLU is trying to stop religions from forcing others to participate in theological activities. If a teacher or student needs religion in school, they have many choices of preschools all the way up to universities that are founded on Christian and Jewish ideals.

Bob Jones University, for example, is a college based on Christian ideals. Along with the fact that the majority opinion of Muslims in America has been severely tainted by Sept. 11, there are few Islam-based schools and universities in America and a large number of Muslim students who come to America to attend college. It's not too much to ask to give them a special room or extra recess to pray.

Jacob Eberhart, sophomore, industrial design

 


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