[4/8/17] A Christian organization has sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding the department pull its support for what it calls “an Islamic Sunday School program” for public-school students.
If DeVos does not respond within 60 days, the Christian Action Network says it will file a federal lawsuit against the DOE and the producer of the “Access Islam” lesson plans.
CAN sent the letter to DeVos March 28 claiming the “Access Islam” program is a gross violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution’s “establishment clause” because it promotes one religion over the others in lesson plans used throughout the country by teachers in grades five through 12.
CAN says it is not aware of any federal funding of comparable programs on Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or any other major religion. But the “Access Islam” program teaches students how to convert to Islam and how to practice its “Five Pillars.”
Produced by an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System, it also provides extensive interviews with Muslims who speak about the positive aspects of Islam from a spiritual perspective.
“There is not one mention about the history of Islam,” said Martin Mawyer, president of CAN. “It’s all about how to be a good Muslim. I can’t find anything on their website that links to programs on how to be a good Christian, Jew or Hindu.”