(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today welcomed a ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected claims that students at a California school were being “indoctrinated” during lessons about Islam.
The court rejected a lawsuit by two Christian families that accused the Byron Union School District of unconstitutionally endorsing religious practices. “The Islam program activities were not overt religious exercises that raise Establishment Clause concerns,” said the three-judge panel.
In 2003, a U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the school district. Thursday’s appeals court decision upheld that ruling.
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“We welcome the court’s recognition that the learning process can include information about different faiths and cultures without being considered an endorsement of a particular set of religious beliefs or practices,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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