The scene above in a public school is from yesteryears past. It would never be permitted today - unless of course, one is a Muslim
In stark contrast to the prohibition of Christian prayer in public school, the Islamic call to prayer has been approved in a Texas public school. Accomodation was made to discourage Muslim students from leaving campus for prayer. In fact, an entire classroom is now devoted to Muslim prayer. The story is here.
If a Christian student calls for a public Bible reading and prayer in public school, all hell would break loose.
This is nothing new:
- Desert View High School in Tucson, Arizona, established a prayer room near its library for several Muslim students in 2014. A scheduled prayer time falls early in the afternoon when those students were still in school.
- Muslims were allowed "prayer accommodations" in 2013 in the public schools of Dearborn, Michigan. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had negotiated an arrangement with school officials in Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.
- Christian teachers became upset when Muslim students began praying during class at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland. It was at time of required prayer. Principal Cheryl J. Logan told the students that public schools were not allowed to participate in religion practices during class. She came up with the idea of excusing Muslim students for eight minutes each day to pray together on campus, according to The Washington Post.
- At Carver Elementary School in San Diego, administrators allowed Muslims to go on a short break for prayer during one of the scheduled times in 2007. Parents protested the scheduled recess. Although all children were allowed to take breaks at that time, critics charged it was arranged to meet Muslim demands. So to satisfy all sides, the school rescheduled its lunch period in order to meet the requirements for Muslim prayer and to allow students of any faith to prayer if they choose, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
May God raise up "Daniels" among our children who are not afraid to commune with Him throughout the day ... no matter the consequences (Daniel 6).