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Monday, November 21, 2005

9th Circuit's Latest Insanity

So while checking the blogs, I read about this on Michelle Malkin's site.

A Contra Costa County school was educating seventh-graders about Islam, not indoctrinating them, in role-playing sessions in which students used Muslim names and recited language from prayers, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit by two Christian students and their parents, who accused the Byron Union School District of unconstitutionally endorsing a religious practice.

For all my bloviating about religious discrimination being okay as long the religion is Christianity, I think this proves my point nicely. Granted, it's from the land of fruits and nuts, but this absolutely beyond the pale.

I wonder what would happen if the teacher was forcing Muslim kids to be "Christians" for 3 weeks? My guess is that they would play the role of crusaders traveling to the holy land to evict the peaceful goat farmers of Islam against their will or some other similar event that would cast the kids as being evil in some fashion. Malkin has a link to the .pdf of the actual lesson plan here.

I've decided to make my own lesson plan--see if it sounds like I'm trying to force my beliefs on you.

Phase 1(Introduction): First you will read a short history of Christianity, be briefed on future assignments and adopt a Christian name (i.e. "Luke" or "Ruth"). In addition, you will be placed in one of 6 churches and choose a role to play in the church: Pope (leader), Priest (banker), Monk (secretary), or Parishoner (citizen).

Phase 2 (Travel Days): You will follow in the footsteps of the Christ and savior, Jesus, and learn more about his ministry along the way. During your travel, you may earn wisdom cards for knowing things about His life and ministry. There are also quiz cards in order to do better in the exercise as well as bulletin cards which are unfavorable incidents such as being attacked by Jews. You will be racing with other churches to complete the 3 year ministry of Jesus. Winning means getting crucified by the Romans. Occasionally, you will have open market sessions with the other churches where you can trade and buy wisdom cards.

Phase 3 (Salvation Days): This phase will be interspliced with Phase 2 where you will be able to earn more points by working with your church to complete various activities that allow affirmation of faith. Such things include forsaking all others before Jesus, taking communion, praying the Lord's prayer, and evangelizing to others. Also, your group will work together to build a church. You will also have to learn about the 12 apostles and how 11 of them died a martyrs death. You will be able to interview each one in the "meet the disciples" activity. Finally, in the most important activity, you will listen to a companion of Jesus speak about his ministry and why he died on the cross for your sins.

Phase 4 (Festival Days): In this phase, you will do something that demonstrates how early Christians lived. Since Christ's early church was based around the mediteranian, you can choose to demonstrate the cultures of Judaism, Romanism, Greek culture, or middle eastern culture in the first century A.D. This may be a large part of your grade for this exercise.

Phase 5 (Christian Bowl): This phase is your church's last chance to collect more points by compteing against rival churches. Questions used in this phase may be used as questions for the final exam for the activity.

I think any leftist would recognize the "establishment" violations with my plan. Not so with the Muslim exercise though!

One final item: I found this on textbook league; a "resource for middle-school and high-school educators," and "provides commentaries on some 200 items, including textbooks, curriculum manuals, videos and reference books." Here's what it says about this exercise:

From beginning to end, ISLAM: A Simulation directs teachers to deceive their students and to boost Islam by disseminating lies and by falsifying history. From beginning to end, ISLAM: A Simulation requires teachers to indoctrinate their students by feeding them servings of "information" in which historical facts are insidiously intermixed with Muslim myths and Muslim woo-woo. From beginning to end, ISLAM: A Simulation directs teachers to present facts, myths and woo-woo as equivalent, equipotent items. From beginning to end, ISLAM: A Simulation requires teachers and students alike to abandon rationality, to shun analytical thinking, and to embrace the view that any claim about anything -- no matter how fatuous the claim may be -- must be accepted as true.

Not exactly a glowing review if you ask me.