In what could have been a normal, everyday scene in family life in Bakersfield, California, a boy came home and whipped out his homework to get it done. However, when his mother saw what the homework was, she was appalled by an obvious violation of her son’s constitutional rights. Her son’s teacher had required that the class list the five pillars of Islam and scan a QR code that would have linked to an Islamic prayer.
She sent back a very firm note that she refused to allow her son to complete the homework and, if the teacher had a problem with it, the teacher could get in touch with their lawyer. If the class had been required to study the tenants of Christianity, very few people would doubt that Liberals would scream about their precious “separation of church and state”. The ACLU would likely get involved. Based on every precedent that involved an illegal government endorsement of religion, the family could win a legal case or at least get a reasonable settlement out of the school that included changes to the school’s policies regarding the treatment of religious faiths.
A fairly typical, Liberal knee-jerk reaction would be that the mother is a hardcore Christian who does not want her child to be exposed to the basics of other religions in any significant way. However, this is not necessarily the case and it’s unclear whether she followed the Christian faith or any faith at all. She may simply have been an atheist who is reacting to what she sees as an illegal endorsement of a specific religion by a government organization – in this case, the public school that her son attends.