Dec 19 2011
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN: Public School Administrators give Somali Muslim students time off several times a day to pray in school
And the far left extremist Muslim apologists in Green Bay aren’t too upset about it. Muslim students at Keller Elementary School in Green Bay quietly slip out of class each day to pray in a tiny alcove of the school. For five to 10 minutes, the group of girls is not distracted by students who walk nearby. “We do it because our parents want us to,” fourth-grader Ayan Artan said. “It’s important.”
Green Bay Gazette The students are part of a growing Somali population in Green Bay. And as that population grows, schools are trying to accommodate the strict prayer schedule for the students, many of whom practice Islam, educators say. A few local residents have approached the Green Bay School District with concerns about the prayer time in schools. They worry the time in prayer takes away from learning and uses school resources to accommodate religion. But educators say they’re required by law to allow students time and a place to pray or complete other religious practices. They note that the district accommodates Muslim students as well as Christians who choose to pray before meals or read the Bible during study hall. “The issue of students praying in school has come up a number of times this year, in part, because we have an increasing number of students who practice the Islam faith, many of whom are Somali students,” said Barbara Dorff, director of student services for the district. “But it is our responsibility to find a private place for these students to pray and to allow them to pray.”
The Green Bay area has seen an influx of uncivilized Somalis as families leave the war-torn African country to settle in the U.S., often to be with extended family. (Thanks to Barack Hussein Obama using American tax dollars to pay for tens of thousands of unskilled, uneducated Somali Muslims to come here -gotta get those anchor babies in-with many getting free housing and welfare benefits). Those who practice in strict accordance with the Islam faith pray at specific times, five times per day. Children from these traditional Muslim families may begin this practice in elementary school, usually at 7 years old. “We were founded on religious freedom. To me, it’s all about the United States of America and constitutional rights and freedoms. We live in this country — I think we should be proud.” It’s been about a year since Keller Elementary School began to accommodate the prayer schedule for Muslim students. “This is something relatively new for us,” she said.
At West High School, a small group of Muslim students leave class and use an unoccupied classroom to pray. “We accommodate them, but I don’t think it’s any different than how we accommodate other students, like someone on crutches, in certain circumstances.”
The Milwaukee School District, the largest in Wisconsin, also has a growing population of Somali and Arab students, spokeswoman Roseann St. Aubin said. Some schools have concentrations of certain ethnicities, and those who practice Islam will meet for prayers, she said.