An Inclusive Litany

1/16/02

Some California parents became angry upon learning that courses on Islam are being taught in public middle schools where similar courses on other religions would not be allowed. Students are encouraged to wear Muslim robes, adopt Islamic names, read from the Koran and stage make-believe pilgrimages to Mecca to learn more about the faith. "From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims," a course description reads. "Dressing as a Muslim and trying to be involved will increase your learning and enjoyment." One parent lodged a complaint against a San Luis Obispo school in which students pretended to be warriors fighting for Islam.

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