January 20, 2015 3:06 pm ET
Radio show caller ignites controversy over Muslim prayer group at Dulaney. PIA filed to get the truth as Baltimore County Schools clam up.
Source: To Pray or Not to Pray
The title of this blog borrows from William Shakespeare, whose work is (or, at least, should be) discussed at length in our public schools.
However, the subject of the modified question—prayer in schools—is not something that is typically discussed. But, as a recent event has shown, it is something that should be discussed at length.
This all began with someone who recently called into the Tom Marr show on WCBM-AM about the practice of allowing Muslim students at Dulaney High School to engage in prayer groups at lunch time. The caller seemed to have all the pertinent facts from a source inside the school.
(Blogger’s note: The father of the student with the baseball cap and cross will be interviewed on Pat McDonough’s WCBM Radio Show, this Saturday, January 20 from 8pm to 10pm.
The information aroused Mr. Marr’s suspicions, so he decided to call the school and get a response on the matter. Needless to say, one could sense the pandemonium racing through the principal’s office over the call. Mr. Marr waited for more than seven minutes before a spokesperson finally got on the phone.
To negate anyone who would accuse me of spinning this story, I will allow you to listen to the exchange for yourselves. Click on the link below, and then click on “Podcasts” located on the right. Then click on the Tom Marr Show and read his conversation with the school. Finally, you can read Commentator Pat Condell’s comments as he reports on the situation from Europe.
Now, what’s important here is to understand the law regarding this issue. For that, read the information found at the following link.
For those not versed in the legalese that is presented, I will summarize the information. The law requires fairness by not allowing special treatment for one religious group over another. It’s as simple as that.
As you may know, I pride myself on doing my homework regarding any issue that is covered in this blog. And, it so happens, that homework includes a story from someone whose son attends Patapsco High School.
And, just to preview what is to come, this is where the County Schools cross the line by violating Federal law.
The story I was told about this man’s son involves a battle that ensued over a simple gesture. The student, whose name will not be mentioned here, wanted to express his faith one week before the Christmas holiday, so he wanted to wear a baseball cap with a cross on it.
Like I said, it was a simple gesture.
But then the trouble started, as the student was told by school officials that this would not be allowed. The student asked why, since others in the school were allowed to wear religious headgear. The school’s (Blogger’s opinion) stupid and lame response by Dance’s administration was that they could not identify him.
It should be noted that students of other faiths were still allowed to wear their religious headgear.
Subsequently, the student’s father went to the school to protest the preferential treatment of one group over another. In a nut shell, the administrators said, in so many words, “That’s the way it is, and if he doesn’t like it, too bad.”
And that, folks, is the violation of Federal law. If one student has to take off religious headgear, then they all have to take off religious headgear.
I specialize in what I think I do best—getting answers. And, like so many times in the past, I have to file the dreaded Public Information Act (PIA) request in order to get my answers.
Which is what I did. (See copy of PIA on my website)
I’m sure the county thinks I’m a pain in the butt, but when an organization like the schools or the government shuts its doors and locks down the truth, I find that the PIA provides a skeleton key.
Simply put, the school system has two choices. I can get a response, or I can file a lawsuit if I don’t get that response. It’s the proverbial, “If you walk the walk, you have to talk the talk.” Why do they hide everything if it’s so right? What are they afraid of?
Time, and the PIA, will tell.
Overall, prayer in schools debates and religious segregation situations are just more results of a PC agenda run amok. Some of you may remember another situation in Los Angeles where students were forced to take off their tee-shirts that showed the American Flag on the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo. That was not a religious situation, but it was still the result of the PC agenda being pushed upon us.
(Blogger’s Note: The ironic part of the Los Angeles incident is that the Cinco de Mayo holiday is more of invented celebration rather than the real Mexican celebration of independence. The real holiday for Mexico’s independence is El Grito de la Indepedencia.)
Also, the bit of information found by clicking the link below is presented to show the erosion of our culture, which is under attack by left-wing liberals like film maker Michael Moore. Mr. Moore, it seems, believes that snipers are cowards. To that end, he was quite upset over the tremendous success of the film American Sniper.
I think that maybe Mr. Moore was jealous that his films can’t be anywhere near as successful, but I will digress on that.
Getting back on topic, it’s amazing to me that Dr. Dance came into town on vehicle with a flat tire, so to speak. He did not have the credentials needed to run the school system, but, heck, the powers that be tend to do whatever they want. We have a constant “conflict of interest/who cares/nothing happens despite the long list of people who have the power to investigate/things get in the way like land deals” atmosphere here.
I’m sure Dr. Dance knows best. He’s far out in front of cities like Los Angeles, which scrapped the free laptop program. After all, what is another $205 million spent on students who are consistently violent and whose favorite word is the F word? That amount of money is nothing to be concerned over, since Dr. Dance trusts these students with the technology.
By the way, this is the most expensive program of this type ever. But, like I said, who cares—it’s only money. But it is our money!
Now I know I was a bit all over the place in this blog, but I was simply following the example of the county school system.
Oh, and by the way, I think Mr. Marr is still waiting for a call from Dr. Dance. I hope he gets unlimited minutes, because that could be a long wait.