Wellesley, Massachusetts Public School Students Learn to Pray to Allah
In late May of 2010, Wellesley, Massachusetts public middle school students took a field trip to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center - a controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque run by the Muslim American Society of Bostn. There, the students were separated by gender and the boys were asked to join the Muslim adults in their prayer. Several of the public school boys took part.
Question? Is having students learn about different religions in and of itself wrong? I don't believe so. But When the "field trip" turns into a proselytizing and propaganda trip, then it crosses the line. In this case, the background of the mosque was NOT checked out, which would have revealed that members of this mosque have had ties to terrorist and other radical groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood. This is why, in my opinion, that schools should NOT be in charge of any kind of these kinds of "excursions". Any kind of teaching in comparitive religions should be very general and be guarded against anything that would favor one over another. In the example in the video, anyone associated with setting up or approving this trip should be , at the minimum, suspended or demoted to a lower position. If I was the parent of one of these children I would demand it.