Thursday, March 20, 2008

Even ACLU-MN Sees the Problem In Minneapolis

This update thanks to Act! for America.

It looks as though, based upon the article by Katherine Kersten at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about the public charter school being operated--and advertised-as an Islamic academy ("Establishing Islam in Minnesota")--the Minnesota ACLU is taking a closer look at the situation for possible violations of the Establishment Clause:

ACLU-MN opens investigation of Tarek Academy For Immediate Release
March 18, 2008

After receiving complaints that Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy in Inver Grove Heights is violating the Establishment Clause the ACLU-MN sent a letter to the academy questioning their practices. In the letter that was sent the ACLU-MN questions some of their practices, including addressing allegations that the school sponsors prayer.

Teresa Nelson, an attorney for the ACLU of Minnesota, says "We currently do not have enough facts to state whether or not the school is in violation of the establishment clause. The American Civil Liberties Union is a strong defender of separation of church and state and will take action if we find they are violating the establishment clause."

You can also read the letter that was sent to Tarek Academy.

The letter the ACLU sent to the principal is worth looking over. It gives more details of how the Tarek Academy is being run.

The ACLU-MN's quick response leades me to believe they must be more right-wing and homophobic than our chapter here in Michigan.

Who'd a thunk it?

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