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Where Miseducation Meets Tolerance

October 12, 2010

Military personnel in prayerAs originally seen on the HPRgument.

The Cambridge School Committee recently decided that, beginning in the 2011-12 school year, schools will close for one Muslim holiday each year. On the heels of two events that paint America as an increasingly Islamophobic nation, those being the controversial Ground Zero “mosque” and the lunatic antics of that pastor in Florida, the School Committee’s refreshingly tolerant decision couldn’t come at a better time.

The decision, however, has been met with considerable backlash from the greater Boston community. After all, just one month ago a Wellesley, Massachusetts middle school garnered national media attention when its students visited a local mosque, some participating in the prayer ritual. Such articles about that event claimed students were “blatantly mis-educated [sic] about Islam,” with other pundits fallaciously claiming that “the students were separated by gender and the boys were asked to join the Muslim adults in prayer.” The readers’ comments for these articles were even uglier.

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  1. Will le Fey permalink
    October 16, 2010 1:17 pm

    And the right-wing has a collective freakout.

    It doesn’t seem to be Massachusetts that’s freaking out, except in the WASPy holdouts. Mostly people from places like Maryland and Alabama and Tennessee and stuff.

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