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Posted on September 16, 2010 at 10:23pm

by Jonathon M. Seidl

TheBlaze.com

Prayer was taken out of public schools decades ago. But as one parent learned in Wellesly, Massachusetts, if students take a field trip to the local mosque, praying to Allah is quite alright.

The organization Americans for Peace and Tolerance just released a mini-documentary about a sixth grade public school field trip to a large mosque, sold to parents as a history lesson, but delivered as much more:

The video was taken inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center – Boston’s controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque – during a Wellesley Middle School social studies trip to the mosque, ostensibly taken to learn about the history of Islam first-hand. Yet the video reveals that the students are being blatantly mis-educated about Islam.

Some of the young boys can be seen prostrating to Allah while shoulder-to-shoulder with Muslim men. However, only male students were given the opportunity to participate — the female students and female chaperons had to watch from a distance:

This evening, the school apologized. “I extend my sincere apologies for the error that occurred and regret the offense it may have caused,” Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong said. “It was not the intent for students to be able to participate in any of the religious practices. The fact that any students were allowed to do so in this case was an error.”

Americans for Peace and Tolerance has long opposed the mosque shown in the video (which it says is the largest in the Northeast). When the mosque first opened in 2009, the organizationwrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe accusing the mosque’s leaders of being extremists, linking them to groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood:

The city has helped the Wahhabi clerical establishment — purveyors of the most intolerant religious teachings on the planet — and the Muslim Brotherhood — genesis of all Sunni terrorist organizations — set up shop in the Cradle of Liberty, flying a false flag of moderation.

The Mosque claims that no child was asked to participate, but admits that it did not turn away those who showed interest in participating. “Certainly in our tours we do not invite kids to take part, but if someone wants to come pray and take part, we shouldn’t prevent them,” said Bilal Kaleem, president of the Muslim American Society of Boston.

“It’s more an issue with the school,” he added.

Taken from:http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mosque-shock-school-rocked-by-field-trip-vid-of-kids-bowing-to-allah/

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