After some parents of elementary school students complained about the discussion of gay marriage in front of their first and second grade students, a federal judge threw the case out:

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said federal courts have decided in other cases that parents’ rights to exercise their religious beliefs are not violated when their children are exposed to contrary ideas in school.

“In essence under the Constitution public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy,” Wolf said in his ruling.

By that reasoning, then, the recent discussion of the differences between the teachings of Jesus vs. the teachings of the Koran should be afforded the same protection.

If it’s okay for them to discuss gay marriage, why isn’t it okay for them to discuss the differences between Islam and Christianity? Why, when a high school teacher invited a person to come talk to students about the differences between Islam and Christianity is it wrong? Surely that falls under the same umbrella of protection?

Among the materials handed out was a pamphlet called “Jesus not Muhammad,” as well as one entitled, “Do Not Marry a Muslim Man.” The latter pamphlet compares parts of the Koran with those of the Bible, such as:

— “Husband, beat your wives and deny them sex.” (The book of Islam, Koran 4:34)

— “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her.” (The Holy Bible, Ephesians 5:25)

But no, according to the parent, Islam is being “slandered” with this document. CAIR had this to say:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to superintendent of the Wake County Public School System, asking for an apology to the students, disciplinary action against the teacher, a review of policies regarding what outside speakers are allowed to say in class, and more diversity training.

“It is unconscionable for a teacher at any public school to abuse his or her position of trust by forcing such hate-filled, inaccurate and intolerant materials on students,” CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar wrote in the letter.

You can’t have it both ways. If parents’ rights to exercise their religious beliefs are not violated when their children are exposed to contrary ideas in school. then the high school parent and CAIR (and the ACLU when they jump on the bandwagon as well — which you know they will) need to drop it.

Or is “tolerance” really nothing more than an empty word in the liberal vocabulary? – Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by Parents Opposed to Gay Marriage Lessons in School | – Teen’s Dad Says ‘Anti-Muslim’ Literature Handed Out in Class Isn’t Freedom of Speech | Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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