Christian students and parents cannot sue a school district where some seventh-graders pretended to be Muslims for three weeks during a course in world history, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the role-playing game was not a religious exercise that violated anybody's constitutional rights.
Brooke Carlin encouraged her students to play at being Muslims - adopt Muslim names, recite a line from a prayer and give up candy or television to simulate fasting, for example. Students were permitted to opt out. On the final exam they were asked to critique elements of Muslim culture.
As it happens, I agree with the 9th Circuit here. However, it is impossible to believe that if we were to reverse the roles of Islam and Christianity in this situation the court would have ruled the same way.
I the 9th circuit didn't really offer anything as to the reasoning behind this decision. I would find it entertaining to read why 'under god' in the pledge constitutes an establshiment of religion while Muslim prayers in school does not.
(via The Jawa Report