From the Star Tribune, the ACLU filed suit against a publicly funded charter school Wednesday over promoting religion and leasing school space from a religious organization. Despite claims otherwise from the school, the ACLU claims the school is using federal and state money to promote religion in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The suit also alleges that there are prayers on the walls of the school entry and that teachers have participated in student prayer activities. Samuelson, state ACLU executive director, said the school has used its website to seek volunteers to lead prayers, and that it requires students and staff to dress in attire that conforms to religious ideals. He also said the school has issued a handbook instructing staff to not discuss what goes on at the school. “You cannot have a broad secrecy oath” in a school funded with public dollars, Samuelson said.
The ACLU is not targeting [this religion] but defending the U.S. Constitution, whose First Amendment states in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” Samuelson said.
There are considerable other complaints, such as using government aid money to holding companies which funnel that money to a religion promoting non-profit, and that the school doesn’t provide after school busing immediately after classes, but rather not until the end of after school activities which include a religious studies course.
Samuelson said that over the years the Minnesota ACLU has sued a number of public school districts for promoting various Christian sects. In addition, it has sued cities around the state for violating the separation of church and state clause of the First Amendment, most recently, the city of Duluth for putting a Ten Commandments monument on the city hall lawn.
Now this is usually when Christians get all bent and call the ACLU various nasty names, bemoan how their religious freedoms are being attacked, and generally act like ridiculous spoiled brats. Please, by all means, let it all out. I’ll wait….
… because the charter school is promoting Islam.
The US Constitution, it’s there for all of us.
Have a nice day.