Middle East studies in the News
US Public High School Hosts 'Hijab Day': A 'Classic Example of Religious Indoctrination'
by Carmine Sabia
A California school is causing quite a controversy for apparently violating the separation of church and state to promote Muslim headscarves for women.
It all started when a student at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep in Sacramento, who also happens to be an intern for the Hamas-linked group the Council on American-Islamic Relations, gave a presentation on "Islamaphobia" at a mandatory staff meeting at which an official CAIR representative was present.
In response to the presentation, the school decided to sponsor a "Hijab Day" Wednesday in cooperation with both CAIR and the Muslim-Brotherhood linked Muslim Students Association.
The watchdog group Jihad Watch received an image of a flier promoting the event from one of its readers. Part of it reads, "GIRLS! Come to the library Wednesday morning and MSA members will assist you in putting your hijab on."
Jihad Watch obtained a copy of an email sent by a concerned citizen to school principal Tom Rutten.
In the email the citizen called "Hijab Day" a "classic example of religious indoctrination" and suggested that the backlash over a "Yarmulke Day" to promote Judaism would be "unimaginable."
The citizen also pointed out that the Muslim Students Association has links to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization.
Rather than responding directly, Rutten had the student who organized the event email the citizen.
"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," the student wrote. "I invited a 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."
In the email the student does not ever deny the MSA's links to the Muslim Brotherhood and twice calls any negative response to the event "irrational."
Rutten did not respond to BizPac Review requests for comment.
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