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Voice: Public school preaches "peace-loving" Islam

January 26, 2002

I am utterly flabbergasted.

A public school system in California is telling its seventh-graders as part of their course work that for three weeks they must don Muslim robes in class, adopt Islamic names, pray to Allah and stage their own mock "jihads."

This is celebration of the "peace-loving" religion whose fundamentalist fanatic followers killed 3,000 Americans on 9-11.

Supposedly, the curriculum is intended to promote "understanding."

I understand one thing.

If my school district ever tried teaching my daughter to pray to any strange God, she'll be home for as long as it takes to sit out the Arabian flu, even if she has to repeat a grade.

By the way, have you noticed how the ACLU is sitting this one out?


(former California teacher)

Arlington Heights, Ill.

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