Muslims say jump and our public school officials ask how high? Don't be surprised if their next demand is to ban all pork products.
Besides, respect is supposed to be a two-way street.
From From the "Non-Muslim Subjects of the Islamic State" chapter of Reliance of the Traveller
A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law
(6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork,
Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.
Muslim parents concerned with what children are eating at Heritage Primary Elementary
By Jennifer Bonnett
News-Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:25 AM PDT
Israr Khan is concerned about his 4-year-old daughter's lunch choices at Heritage Primary Elementary.
Since she is enrolled in the state-operated pre-school program, the girl can choose from any of the cafeteria offerings even if they don't align with her Muslim diet or aren't "halal."
"They say it's the kids' choice, but they are 3 (years old) and hardly know what is right or wrong," Khan said.
He and a trio of men attended Tuesday's Lodi Unified school board meeting requesting a new policy that allows parents to accompany their children through the cafeteria line.
At issue is the Muslim diet.
Because of religious beliefs, they are not allowed to eat pork or other meat that is slaughtered improperly. Things such as Jell-O are also off limits because they are made with gelatin, an animal by-product.
In years past, the school district has created many choices for students with special dietary needs such as vegetarians. This includes offering a salad bar on most campuses and cheese pizza as an alternative to the meat version. Schools also serve bean and cheese burritos and cheese nachos.
However, lunchtime at Heritage's pre-school program is instructional time where the teacher's focus is having students make choices, according to Principal Maria Cervantes.
"So if they decide to choose a forbidden food, he or she is allowed to do so," she said.
Cervantes, who met with some parents earlier in the day and felt the meeting went well, plans to label the table and color-code the vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices before explaining to students what is available.
The pre-school teacher will also discuss with the Muslim children what foods their parents say is appropriate to eat.
"But ultimately when it comes to lunch, the child makes the final choice. That's a little hard," Cervantes said. "The teacher can't physically stop them from reaching out and picking up what they want to eat."
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