Friday, January 30, 2015

Teaching Girls to Wear Muslim Hijab: Calif. School

Although Principal Tom Rutten encouraged a Muslim student to organize 'Hijab Day' to teach non-Muslim school girls in suburban Sacramento, California how to properly dress as a Muslim, the school is now denying any involvement in the all-day project of the senior student who was an intern for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“Hijab Day is a way of teaching tolerance and understanding of others.”
-- Tom Rutten, Principal, Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School (NP3)
UPDATE 12/10/15: Teaching Christians Muslim Dress at Illinois School

UPDATE 4/19/15: Celebrate Islam 'Hijab Day' Canceled at Ohio School (due to public outcry)

For background, read Colorado School Visits Mosque, Enforces Sharia Law for Girls' Dress

And also read Massachusetts Students Forced To Learn Muslim Conversion as well as Muslims in Washington, D.C. Force Christmas Off School Calendar

And read Former Christian University Announces Muslim Prayers

-- From "‘Hijab Day’ Draws Unfair Criticism, School Says" by Nicole Comstock, KTXL-TV40 (Sacramento, CA)

[The unnamed Muslim student explained:]
“At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is growing, I wanted to let my classmates and teachers know about the challenges that young Muslim women face when they put on a headscarf. It is unfortunate that a small effort to promote mutual understanding would provoke such a hate-filled and irrational response.

“NP3 Hijab Day was part of my Senior Project, meant to bring awareness to my campus about the misconceptions surrounding Islam, particularly those surrounding the headscarf. I invited a [CAIR] speaker to talk to faculty about addressing Islamophobia in the classroom and the challenges in the Muslim world, and they appreciated the open and frank discussion.”
Rutten said the campus has many student organized cultural days, as a way to teach and understand diversity.

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From "Taxpayer-Funded School Celebrates Hijab Day" by Eric Owens, Education Editor, The Daily Caller 1/30/15

The school and the school district began to receive criticism after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch publicized a Hijab Day flyer sent to him by a reader.

Spencer also claims that the same student delivered a presentation about Islam and Islamophobia at a meeting that was mandatory for school employees. A CAIR representative attended that meeting, he says.

Spencer, who holds a Master’s degree in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, wrote a weekly column for many years for Human Events. He now writes for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine. He has spoken at dozens and dozens of prestigious universities and has led FBI and United States Army seminars on radical Islam.

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From "High school holds 'hijab day' for students" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 1/29/15

It was at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School, also known as NP3, where officials posted a notice that said: “January 28, 2015. The hijab is a headcovering worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and their devotion to God. GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA [Muslim Student Association] members will assist you in putting your hijab on. You can bring ANY type of rectangular (or square) scarf that is bought at any store. (If you do not have any scarves, they will be provided for you to borrow for the day.)”

[Robert Spencer said,] “Would a Jewish or pro-Israel student be allowed to stage a similar day calling attention to anti-Semitism? If this included the rise in Islamic anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, would this be allowed? Would you allow a Yarmulke Day at NP3 High?”

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Click headlines below to read previous articles:

Virginity Advocacy Banned at Arkansas School

Virginia School Slow-walks Pro-life Club Approval

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

California School Lawyers Strip Student's Jesus Speech

Saying 'Bless You' After Sneeze Gets Student Suspended

Also read myriad efforts by public schools to scrub Christian culture from campus.