(COLUMBUS, OH, 1/24/06) – The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) announced today that a high school in that state has agreed to accommodate a Muslim student’s right to pray.
CAIR-Ohio says the 17-year old junior wished to perform her mandatory Islamic prayers, but had been told she was not allowed to pray at school.
After discussions with the school, a compromise was reached in which the student has a list of teachers who are willing to let her use their classrooms for prayer before and after school and at lunch. The school had originally insisted that the Muslim student pray in the lunch room with other students present.
“We were concerned that praying in front of so many people would be uncomfortable for the student,” said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer. “Fortunately, we were able to reach a compromise with the school that met everyone’s needs.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR-Ohio has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
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