This morning, we talked about how Principal Flynt over at Shenendehowa High School sent out a memo to parents letting them know that 2 classrooms would be set aside for students who would like to pray. Muslim students, who will be taking part in Ramadan (starting today, May 26th), and will have a place to go, just like any of the other students in the school for religious purposes.
Flynt made it known that this was a voluntary event, and that it will not interfere with other activities or other students & staff.
One of our listeners made a great point... she said how she would "prefer a student to leave for six minutes to pray rather than the family keeping them home and entire day losing an entire day of education."
We totally back Principal Flynt on this one, and think that if it's not hurting anyone else or affecting their day, then what's the difference? Let the students feel comfortable during a time of prayer for them. It's great to see other cultures & religions embraced, as long as others aren't being forced to participate (which also goes along with why it IS legal to do, and that the school also needs to be open to other groups).
EDIT: These rooms are open to ANY student who would like to pray. The article from CBS6 highlighted the Muslim students since Ramadan is soon.
What do you think of the situation???
Anne McCloy did a great story on it on CBS6.