The encroachment of Islam into the neutral zone continues. Some call it jumping off sides in football. But no one is throwing a penalty flag in this game. By neutral zone, I’m alluding to the political playing field of America’s public schools. You know – the institutions the political left will vehemently and vigorously defend against any display of religious significance – except for Islam.
What on Earth are you getting at, Work?
Well, I was cruising through some headlines and came across this story at WND.com.
A Sacramento, California, high school scheduled a “hijab day” celebrating Islamic law in which Muslims helped school girls don the concealing headscarves.
It was at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School, also known as NP3, where officials posted a notice that said: “January 28, 2015. The hijab is a headcovering worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and their devotion to God. GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA [Muslim Student Association] members will assist you in putting your hijab on. You can bring ANY type of rectangular (or square) scarf that is bought at any store. (If you do not have any scarves, they will be provided for you to borrow for the day.)”…
Read all of it.
Just so you know, Natomas Prep School is a publicly funded charter school. So, a parent and taxpayer wrote an email to the principal, protesting against the Islamic, Shariah-compliant event on a public school campus. Scholar and author Robert Spencer also wrote an email, replete with facts and logic, in support of the complaining parent. The Natomas school’s principal, Tom Rutten, dodged responsibility and had a student organizer of the Muslim event respond. In part, the student’s response goes thusly:
At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing, I wanted to let my classmates and teachers know about the challenges that young Muslim women face when they put on a headscarf. It is unfortunate that a small effort to promote mutual understanding would provoke such a hate-filled and irrational response.
NP3 Hijab Day was part of my Senior Project, meant to bring awareness to my campus about the misconceptions surrounding Islam, particularly those surrounding the headscarf. I invited a speaker to talk to faculty about addressing Islamophobia in the classroom and the challenges in the Muslim world, and they appreciated the open and frank discussion.
The irrational reaction by some intolerant individuals is similar to the many manufactured controversies nationwide over the teaching of basic information about Islam, the faith of one-fifth of the world’s population, in public schools. In many other cases, any discussion of Islam or American Muslims brings about this reaction.
The person who promoted the misinformation about this issue, Robert Spencer, is one of the most notorious Islamophobes in America….
Speaking of the misconceptions surrounding Islam, and some basic information about Islam, Mr. Rutten and the student organizer behind which he hid would do well to read one of Andrew Bostom’s books, such as The Legacy of Jihad. Somehow I doubt that Mr. Rutten and his little student organizer would be much interested in reading that one. After all, there are many people in the world whose mentality still holds to the belief that professional wrestling matches are not scripted or rehearsed – and they absolutely refuse to listen to anyone who suggests that perhaps professional wrestling is scripted.
Such people actually are allowed to vote in elections and sit on trial juries. And I guess they run the public schools, too.