A disturbing article appeared in the June 18 Yakima Herald Republic concerning "Seattle schools finding ways to let Muslims pray."
Seattle schools are accommodating the needs of the Muslim students without compromising the separation of church and state. Students may pray on their own, in private or in groups, because they have the legal right. One of the five daily prayers must occur around midday. Fridays, the midday prayer is to be in a mosque. Students have permission on Fridays to drive to a mosque about a mile away, requiring them to miss many of their afternoon classes.
One school is providing an empty classroom for Muslims to pray during lunch periods. Students who don't want to miss lunch can have an extra 10 minutes to pray after lunch period as long as their teachers sign off on it.
Whoops! Compromising separation of church and state? It appears to be a joining of church and state, rather than separation.
If Christians ever tried anything even close to this, they would be extremely criticized. The ACLU, the judicial system, the liberals and the press would totally condemn it.
Why victimize and offend Christians and not other religions? Do only some groups have legal rights?
Think about it.
/s/ Henry Timmermans, Sunnyside