An entire school district has sent letters to its teachers that request they show specific, religious preferences for certain students.
The district is located in Seattle and asked teachers specifically bless the districts Muslim students in Arabic during Ramadan.
The request also asks that these students be allowed to miss classed and exams during the month long Islamic holiday.
The letter instructs teachers to greet Muslim students with “Ramadan Mubarak” — “Happy Ramadan” — or “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “Have a generous Ramadan.”
The letter asks that students be excused form exams that fall on the more important days of Ramadan including Eid Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha.
This caused quite the uproar with the religious liberty advocacy group, The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, threatening to take legal action.
The organization’s executive director, Daniel Piedra stated, “by urging teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic, the district is running roughshod over the First Amendment’s mandate of government neutrality toward religion.” He continued, “A school district would never order teachers to ‘welcome’ Catholic students during Easter with ‘He is risen, alleluia!'”
“Singling out Muslim students for special treatment is blatantly unconstitutional,” Piedra closed.
This comes even though patriotic staples, like the Pledge of Allegiance, have been banned because of Christian phrasing like “one nation, under god.”