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Serving Halal in the Cafeteria

Does this conflict with bringing religion in public schools?

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(12) Brian A.Donnelly, April 6, 2014 10:59 AM

Muslim muscle.

As a devout Christian, and therefore a staunch supporter of Israel and the Jewish people, I cannot entirely agree with your position of not allowing Religious topics or subjects to be discussed in schools.
Here in Australia we are sadly going the way of Europe and , I hope, to a lesser extent, the USA - we are caving into the incessant demands of the minority muslim population.
This recent demand for special foods; prayer rooms; dress codes etc. is simply another way that islam seeks to divide and conquer.
The growth of the Halal certification racket is mind blowing in its grab for cash from industry and small business to pay what amounts to extortion for the privilege of carrying a tick of Halal approval. In many cases the food, or service, is not subject to these food laws - but they demand their cut anyway. These semi-criminal proceeds are then used to fund further separationist behaviour and finance terrorist activities.
So, whilst I deplore the whole cancer od islam on Western society, I do defend the right of any religion or culture to allow that belief to be openly discussed in the Public school system - provided ALL have the same right.

(11) Anonymous, April 6, 2014 5:26 AM

Serve Halal food

Serve Halal food, as well as Kosher, vegetarian, and foods without common allergens.
I cannot see how this will result in prayers in classrooms and other religious practices.
It seems that we get more sensitive, perhaps not consciously, when we hear about Islam.

(10) Degel, April 6, 2014 5:07 AM

Resolution # 54 is a dangerous mistake

So the Muslims got this precedent happened and now it will cause a new serious of problems and headache:
1. Polarity among children. Reason for bulling will increase and you would not be able to control that because of the subtle environment
2. In order to fit the suit Muslims might start to claim that they are special, high rank group of children, add to that irrational peer pressure and mob mentality and in a short period of time some of the kids would think that they like to be Muslims…
3. Serving Halal in cafeteria is a dangerous precedent because fanatical terrorists can use this type of dividedness as strategy for their atrocious terrorists attack… now when all Muslims kids are “safe” with Halal food the rest school kids might be poisoned (G0d forbid) by some kind of biological weapon(G0d forbid).
There is no winner in this game!

(9) Bob Van Wagner, April 4, 2014 8:55 PM

Dangerous and false concept: separation of church and state at the community level

A careful and honest survey of the success and failure of schools will, to my experience, show one key determinant to the success or failure of a school again and again. That key? The level of involvement of the community. A community that is throughly involved in the operation and operating philosophy of the school is far more likely to be a successful one, and a school with no or little community involvement in it will more likely than not be a failure. And what does failure mean? It means that the children will suffer in morals, emotional discipline, learning and intellect.

A community ALWAYS includes a religious, and that includes sectarian, component. In fact, it is formal religion which is the framing and glue that holds communities together.

Especially primary and elementary schools should be very local to properly synchronize with the local community, in that time of life in which the children are developing their moral framework -- in nearly all case that is a framework which must be developed as a whole with the religion of the community.

The founders of the US understood this, that is the way of life they lived. At the time Constitution was written and ratified and the First Amendment discussed and incorporated most states had official religions and communities could and did tax ALL citizens to support not just schools run in a sectarian manner, but even to pay taxes towards the construction and maintenance of Churches. It wasn't until the mid-1800's that official State religions disappeared.

The deplorable modern "Constitutional Law" doctrine of the separation of church and state is one born out of spite and hatred. It is anathema to the original intent. It's inventor, Hugo Black, was a Klan member, who hated Jews, Blacks and Catholics. He ruled to spite the Catholics bussing their kids to Catholic Schools on the taxpayer dime.

(8) Anonymous, April 3, 2014 7:11 PM

provide options so students can receive free lunch if they qualify

I teach in a public school. If Halal food is not offered in public city schools many of those students who would qualify for free or partially subsidized lunch would not be able to receive it. These students may depend on receiving free or reduced price lunch in order to have something to eat. I think providing other options such as vegetarian and gluten free are also good ideas. As it is schools provide alternatives to the daily hot lunch meals, so why not give other options as deemed necessary according to the makeup of the student body. We need to remember that not all students can afford to "brown bag" it.

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