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  •  Heh. I live in a multi ethnic neighborhood (15+ / 0-)

    Latin, Anglo, Polish, Arab, Hindu..even had a guy who drove a tank for the German Army on the Eastern Front ( he died last year and his blonde grandaughter lives in the house now with her Black Colombian husband and 3  brown kids ) So i always say Happy Holidays... my Arab neighbors who are Muslim always give me homemade sweets for the holidays, dripping with honey; the Lebanese in the neighborhood give me some kinda fried munchkins with sprinkles on them. The Poles are good for some booze. We al banded together and shared when Sandy hit, taking turns waiting for gas in line and sharing generators. So I'm on the phone with Sierra Trading Post in WY placing an order and we get to talking, and the rep says ya know, the shootings out east were so horrible, if they just brought prayer back to school, it woul stop all this. Well, I told her, i work in a public school and the kids are allowed to pray, in fact a bunch of Muslim kids use my office at lunch for their afternoon prayers.....crickets on the other end of the line.....

    •  Oh, that's good!! (5+ / 0-)

      Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

      by Purple Priestess on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:36:25 AM PST

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    •  honey...... (4+ / 0-)

      The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said that next to prayer, honey is the best cure for any ailment.  Honey treats are a fine gift!

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 05:28:48 PM PST

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    •  Good for you... (2+ / 0-)
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      Prayer is NOT forbidden, it is just not teacher/administrator/school personnel led. If a person wants to pray and carry his/her bible/holy book around...they have permission.
      As a retired teacher, there was a lot of praying going around in schools - student led. There were "moments of silence" at assemblies and games, and Muslim students met in the Library for prayers. These people who think there is no praying in schools are just clueless...probably home-schooled or "private" schooled.

      Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

      by Temmoku on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 06:40:41 AM PST

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      •  True, but I'm betting the sales rep (1+ / 0-)
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        didn't have Islamic prayers in mind....scratch a school prayer advocate beneath the surface, and you'll find a Christian fundie a lot of the time. They can't grasp that a school can't possibly lead anyone in prayer because it invariably violates someone's rights, like mine, since I am an agnostic. My point to her is NJ is not WY, and we have in my local middle school Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, B'hai, Wiccans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Catholics ( not considered Christians by the fundies )Coptics, and plain old people who don't give a shit like me, along with atheists. There are others I probably left out. Oh, Jehovah's Witnesses.

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