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  • Sandra Thompson
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 25, 2002
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      >Thanks for clearing things up. There seem to be a lot of Chicken
      >Litttles out there.
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      > > A California school district wants to FORCE seventh-graders to participate
      > > in Muslim worship activities ...
      > >
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      >No, that's not true:
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      >http://www.snopes2.com/religion/islam.htm
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      >The Byron School District, which is the district alleged to be forcing middle
      >school students to participate in Muslim worship activities, is in Contra
      >Costa County. I live in that county, and both of my children participated in
      >the 7th grade "History of Culture" program. The curriculum has been in place
      >for a number of years, although the furor (as far as I can tell) is of recent
      >origin. Islam is covered in this course, along with various other belief
      >systems, including Christianity, but from a historical perspective.
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      >I can also report that this "news item" has failed to make any of the three
      >local papers that I read. On the other hand, there has been coverage of the
      >closure of certain "charter schools" within the California school system.
      >These schools violated state guidelines for publicly funded schools in a
      >number of ways. Some schools were failing to perform background checks on
      >school employees, some were charging tuition, and, in the case of at least
      >one remote school in a Muslim community, teaching Islam. This was the real
      >McCoy, and was not tolerated, not even by the state of California.
      >
      >Melanie Jula Sakoda
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