Mosque and State: Taxpayer Dollars, Time Devoted to Islam in Schools

From Fred Lucas and CNSNews.

“Decisions by public schools and colleges to provide special prayer times or to make other allowances for Muslim students have raised eyebrows — but not all groups that oppose expressions of religion in the public domain are speaking out.

Some religious liberty advocates — who have long battled efforts to purge government of religious displays, Bible readings and graduation prayers — regard the Muslim-accomodation trend as an opportunity that should be seized.

In one instance, the University of Michigan is preparing to spend $25,000 to install two footbaths at its Dearborn campus to accommodate Muslim students wanting to wash their feet before prayers.

Muslims initially were willing to raise the money to cover the cost, but the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union — often a foe of faith in the public square — said there was no constitutional reason why the university could not fund the project.”

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