I agree with Dave Huber’s analysis of this story about Muslim students in Delaware complaining they’re required to spend lunch period in the cafeteria, even though they fast during daylight hours. They want to be able to use an empty classroom, which should be fine. Demanding the right to leave class to pray at a room set aside for the purpose is another matter. Muslims are supposed to pray five times a day.
The parents of some Muslim students attending Bancroft Intermediate School in Wilmington have charged that the Christina School District is interfering with their children’s observance of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month.
The students are required to go to the cafeteria for lunch during a month when they are supposed to fast during daylight hours, parents said. They also are being denied the opportunity to go to an empty classroom and pray during the day. Muslims normally pray five times daily, a religious practice that is especially important during Ramadan.
The assistant superintendent says the district will try to set up an alternative to the cafeteria for students to use at lunch time. That sounds sensible.