I cannot definitely identify the original source of this article because it can be found on many blog sites and news sources throughout the Internet without attribution to the writer. That said, according to an article by Tim Brown titled, “Public School Forces Girls to Follow Islamic Dress Code!” there might be cause for concern.

As I read the piece, my first thought was that coercing young girls to act like Muslims is wrong. However, as read on, I allowed myself the opportunity to see both sides of this argument. If this were a trip to a Mosque for indoctrination, I could understand the outrage. However, I refuse to be led by the phrasing of any source, be it from the left or the right, or if it is what I want to hear or opposing my beliefs. That is not to say I do not have strong opinions about many subjects.

The drawing card for above linked essay is in the following few sentences.

THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP: All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque.

There should be no objection to showing respect at all venues attended on a field trip.  The portion that is easily missed is the following.

The world religions field trip is next Tuesday, January 13. We will be visiting the Denver Mosque, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Rodef-Shalom Synagogue. We will then eat lunch at Park Meadows Food Court. Students must either bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at the food court.

This is a WORLD RELIGIONS field trip. There is much more to be concerned about beyond the kids entering a Mosque and hearing a little bit about one particular religion. Yes, the whole premise of the trip might be an indoctrination course for Islam. However, in reading the whole article, it doesn’t sound much like that. Some of the stories linked below this one are much scarier.

After reading this and similar articles, the questions I pose are: If there is such a barking about “separation of church and state” by the liberal educators, why is any religion or place of assembly and directed worship even in the curriculum? Is this the only scheduled field trip? Why are only these three religious sects considered? What about a Buddist Temple, a Catholic Church, Methodist and Baptist and Pentacostal churches? Why are the students, against the progressive principles of public education, being exposed to some but not even a well rounded look at religions? After all, this is professed to be a World Religions course.

Perhaps a more extensive look at religions might show how anti-female, angry, hateful, brutal and domineering one religion really is. Either that or let Christmas break and Easter week be so called once again and let Johnny bow his head on the playground.

Public education contradictions continue to astound me.


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