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Sound Off: Does Unified School District 497 make accommodations for Muslim students to pray during school hours? If so, are any employees of the district paid to oversee these prayer meetings?

“Yes, our typical practice is to provide release time for parents to pick up their students from school for prayer time. In some cases, however, schools may make other accommodations if release time is not possible,” said David Cunningham, the district’s director of legal services, human resources and policy. “School staff do not directly supervise student prayers, but children are not left unattended while at school.”

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mustrun80 2 years, 1 month ago

Can these kids wear their head dresses in school plays? If not it's probably because of the racist fascist governor brownshirt who hates anything that doesn't involve minority misogynistic meddling.

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50YearResident 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, well, I see some Muslim posters are finally admitting that they are Muslim. Maybe we will learn something about the Religion of Islam. Before, the Muslims all pretended to be Christian in their posts.

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pace 2 years, 1 month ago

I think it is time for a 7 day a week school week and an end to all seasonal or religious holidays. Go tigers. The only cult that should have legal holidays is sports. March madness break, Super bowl as the beginning of the new calender year. and stick hockey summer festival.

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juma 2 years, 1 month ago

what the book of islam says and what all the proponents of islam say it is does not matter. it is what the life on the street is that counts. every place that reads the great book of islam are violent and oppressive. it is amusing how many moslems live in the infidel countries because why?, Here they have religious freedom. At home they are told how to be a moslem; here they can dance around and do the moslem thing as they wish. the problem is moslems do not allow other religions to openly express themselves. go to saudia arabia and start a church. go to iran and try to be a bahai. this drivel that islam is peaceful and loving is just lies. if moslems are not violent then why do they all sit by quietly and let the likes of osama continue the violence? why are iraqis blowing up children? the list goes on and on. islam is flawed and the moslem world will be forever violent.

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Liberty275 2 years, 1 month ago

62 replies? Hopefully they are all saying they appreciate the state not trampling the first amendment rights of children in school.

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usnsnp 2 years, 1 month ago

I remember when I went to Catholic School from 1950-1954 what they were saying, If you were not Catholic you were going to hell, the Catholic religion was the only true religion, the Jews murdered Jesus, and if you married a non-Catholic you would go to hell. I guess that is what Jesus preached. By the way dont we celebrate a Christian holiday "Christmass".

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Lawrenceks 2 years, 1 month ago

Who's to say your religion or mine is correct or real?? Like Santa Claus, it's all make believe.

How many more wars will the religious cults fight before they figure this out?

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thebcman 2 years, 1 month ago

Does Unified School District 497 make accommodations for pagan/wiccan students to practice their religion during school hours?

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juma 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey, wounded soldier! Did you ever learn anything when in the moslem world??? It is an evil and sub-human religion. No question about it.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

Liberal is only an epithet used by ignorant people as a putdown. Thanks for publically admitting I'm smarter than you by calling me a liberal.

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hujiko 2 years, 1 month ago

You are a hopeless bunch indeed.

Are all muslims terrorists since a few muslims commit acts of terrorism?

Are all christians murderers since Scott Roeder murdered George Tiller? In a place of worship nonetheless.

Grow up.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

jesus didn't get kicked out in 1963.....intolerence did.....and the intolerent have been whining every since.

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Gregory Newman 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the result when Jesus got kicked out in 1963? We have been sinking ever since? Pure chaos of ideologies and increased racism and a political election race of who will sit in the Mercy seat as the Pope in America at the White House. We're done as a choice steak?

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

I was more bothered a few months ago reading you can opt out of required shots due to religious reasons, and someone go the measles at Quail Run last May. Your putting other kids at risk.

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tange 2 years, 1 month ago

Something tells me that, while the hypocrites argue, Jesus would be about his Father's work.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm the grown child of a preacher who retired after 37 years in the ministry. My parent took many groups of children to different places of worship to foster a concept of religious tolerence. Religion in the theological sense is being intellectually appreciative of other's beliefs and seeing the value of education through exposure. The bigotry issue arises here from those whose exposure has been limited to fear and listening to AM radio which in turn leads down the slippery slope of tying nationalism and religion together which I see as facism and seeking religious supremacy over another for the purpose of domination. The Spaniards and the priests did so with the pueblos in the 17th century cutting off body parts of holy men and destroying kivas. The pilgrims did so requiring the Wampanoag to cut their hair worship the bible and moving into praying towns in the Massachusetts colony to avoid being murdered by colonists as alleged heathens and savages. The Munsees converted to the Moravian faith giving up language to be murdered by militia in Ohio in 1782. The people these days denigrate and refuse to acknowledge any Native American faith that stands in the way of a road. Beyond that there will be those who take the actions of a small section of the Muslim faith and label everyone that way. The hate of the west that is always used to fan the flames shoe should be seen as a reaction to hundreds of years of British, French, Russian, and American meddling to get lands and eventually oil from that area without respect for people. The First Amendment allows for free practice of religion for everyone.....not the mindset of a facist mentality twisting the amendment to have the freedom to judge and eliminate other's beliefs and practices which is what I hear every Saturday I work on the 88.1, 92.3, and other stations advocating their Christian intolerant views of others. Let them worship and let others exist in what is supposedly a pluralistic society.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

In other Muslim-related news: "Muslim judge dismisses case of Muslim man who assaulted man in 'Zombie Muhammed' costume"

Read more: http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=104668&article=9808153#ixzz1nVW4VHfg

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toe 2 years, 1 month ago

If you want to join in the time off for prayer, just declare yourself a muslim and go pray for good grades. Since asking to prove your religion is bigoted and insensitive, you have got the green light.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 1 month ago

"Christian groups that have been banned from using school grounds or assets for prayer on the basis of "separation"? " ==== Not true and enlightened schools with leaders who understand the US Constitution do not do this. Christians can, do and are allowed to pray any time they want to...silently as their ESSENE teacher suggested. They can pray out loud in groups when they wish as well, in the hallways, in the lunchroom around the famous flagpole in the fall, etc. I long for the day the Pastafarians can sell sacred ravioli at the ball games.

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juma 2 years, 1 month ago

And so it starts. Soon will be special meals, then headscarfs, then veils, then shariah law. Any naive person only needs to go live in a moslem country to see where this is headed. Why do you think Europe is starting to limit moslem BS. ? Because they let it get out of hand and now the moslems want total religious domination. This is what their prayer says 5x / day. There is ONLY ONE GOD AND HIS NAME IS ALLAH. Look at what is happening in Afghanistan now. Murder is justified to moslems. If all religions can get out of school then good; but treat all equally. By the way it is allowed in islam to make up prayers later.

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LadyJ 2 years, 1 month ago

I seem to remember someone at LHS denying a Native American an excused absence to attend a Native American ceremony she needed to attend.

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Wes Ryan 2 years, 1 month ago

This is another indication of the double standard in our country. How many articles have you read recently about Christian groups that have been banned from using school grounds or assets for prayer on the basis of "separation"? Yet for Muslims, the "school will make accomodations", which indicates they can pray on school grounds.

USD 497 should be creating and enforcing a level playing field, allowing students to pray on school property, and during school hours regardless of faith, as long as it does not interefere with the primary reason for them being there: GETTING AN EDUCATION.

The difficulty is that following strict Muslim law, there are 6 prayer times a day, at least two of which are during school hours. Releasing a student for prayer to perform Salat, the formal Islamic prayer that can be offered in around ten minutes, may be reasonable for both times during school. However prayers can takes much longer during Ramadan. Another difficulty is you don't want students taking advantage of this accomodation to get out of class by claiming to be something they are not.

Even airports typically have prayer space for those wishing to use it. Maybe the schools could set aside a space for all religions to use. It might encourage healthy discussion and interaction between devout students of all faiths, and allow the students to still observe their convictions.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 1 month ago

Wouldn't be a problem in a completely privately-owned, privately-funded educational system.

Just another way that government tears us apart in conflict while the market brings us together in harmony.

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Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

Lawrenceks (anonymous) says… Let me ask you this Thesychophant, do you think they would accommodate a Christian over in the Middle East???

You realize this is Lawrence right, do you think they would accommodate a Christian in Lawrence ???

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Lawrenceks 2 years, 1 month ago

Let me ask you this Thesychophant, do you think they would accommodate a Christian over in the Middle East???

I could care less where they pray at as long as it doesn’t cost the tax payers any money by having to accommodate their religious beliefs!

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Bob Forer 2 years, 1 month ago

The question comes from a bigot. A Muslim would already know the answer. What makes it bigoted is the inquiry whether any school resources are used to ensure free exercise of religion, which is constitutionally protected.

Only in Kansas.

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Barclay 2 years, 1 month ago

Is there a rational, reasonable way for us to discuss this? Can we ask someone to clarify and explain the thinking behind this policy?

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somebodynew 2 years, 1 month ago

Well, I will start it. Does the same policy apply for eveyone else who may wish time to pray to their God, or whoever they call their spiritual leader ???? Is so, fine. If not, why not ???

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 1 month ago

and let the political debate begin

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