A Texas school that gave muslim students a prayer room in 2009 is now trying to make sure that room is available to all students, and are getting backlash for it.
Muslim students pray 5 times a day, and leaving school is usually not an option. So Liberty High School in Frisco decided to be kind enough to allow these students an education by providing them with an empty room they can go to for their daily prayers.
The only problem is the rest of the day, the room sits empty.
As public school fill up, other clubs and student organizations don’t have space to meet up.
However, at the suggestion that during non-prayer hours the room be used by other students of different faiths, the left immediately cried “racism” and claimed the school was trying to take away the prayer room because they are against Islam.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office sent a letter to the Frisco Independent School District on March 17 raising concerns about a prayer room that is used by Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas (video below).
According to a press release from Paxton’s office, the prayer room may exclude students of other faiths, which might violate the religious liberty guarantee of the First Amendment.Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie penned the letter, on behalf of Paxton’s office, to Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon:
Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion. However, it appears that students are being treated different based on their religious beliefs. Such a practice, of course, is irreconcilable with our nation’s enduring commitment to religious liberty.
The story was picked up by a local news station, KERA, which likely prompted the attention from Paxton’s office.
Paxton appeared on “Fox and Friends” on March 20, and said he had not heard back from the school regarding their policy on the prayer room. Paxton insisted that his office had not accused the school district, but rather asked them to clarify their policy.
Paxton said he was not discouraging a prayer room, which he thought was a “great idea,” but wanted to make sure it was open to all students.