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    Published: Friday, November 16, 2001

    Can public school students pray during class hours? Can they bring their prayer books to school? Can they utilize private rooms within the schools that are devoted to their prayer meetings? Will teachers alter students' class assignments and schedules to accommodate their prayer meetings? The answer is yes - but only if the students are Muslims.

    While Christians and Jews are forbidden to express their faith in any overt way in most government schools, Muslim children are allowed to practice their faith with the complete blessing and approbation of school officials. Somehow this demonstration of religious preference and favoritism does not seem to bother the likes of the A.C.L.U. or violate their sacrosanct doctrine of "the separation of church and state." Obviously, these school officials do not believe in the separation of Mosque and state.

    Yesterday the New York Post reported that the New York public school system is permitting Muslim students to pray in school buildings during school hours in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Muslim students will be given private rooms within the school to practice their faith, and teachers will even alter or adjust students' schedules to accommodate these religious gatherings.

    If you think the decision by the New York school system is an aberration, you are mistaken. A few years ago in Pensacola, Florida, the Escambia County school system allowed its public school students to be bussed downtown to the Pensacola Civic Center in order that they might listen to the former heavyweight fighter, Muhammed Ali, tell of his Muslim faith. Furthermore, beginning today, thousands of Wisconsin's public school children will be heading to the movie theaters to watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Apparently, school officials do not believe in the separation of coven and state, either.

    It should be obvious to everyone that the so-called "separation of church and state" is merely a ruse to separate America (especially America's school children) from its Christian heritage. Public school children throughout the United States may celebrate the pagan holiday Halloween, may observe Kwanzaa and any number of other peculiar religious themes and activities. However, the recognition of Christian observances is strictly prohibited. Who is kidding whom? The call for multiculturalism and diversity is nothing more than an attempt by Cultural Marxists to paganize America.

    One would think that, after the horrific events of September 11, our nation' s education leaders would be quick to extol the preeminence of America's unique Christian heritage. Instead, it appears they are more determined than ever to indoctrinate another generation of school children in the mindlessness of moral relativism and cultural egalitarianism. No wonder our kids are confused.

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