Kansas ACLU Taking No Action on School Islam Display
Klukowski said the federal test currently used to determine if a display violates the Constitution's Establishment Clause, known as the "endorsement test," was "made up out of thin air" in 1984 by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In a 5-4 decision, the court declared that if a "reasonable person" would believe government was endorsing religion, then a display is unconstitutional. The problem, per Klukowski, is that the judge gets to decide what constitutes "a reasonable person." There is no standard other than judicial whim:
It's been an unmitigated train wreck ever since.
Klukowski said that the true test, as understood by the Framers, was the "coercion test": is the government declaring an official state religion and forcing others to follow it? An "established church" in historical context is exactly that -- an official state church.
KansasWatchDog.org reported that parents were upset:
A concerned parent, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal against herself or her child, said if students are going to be taught about Islam, they should also be made aware of what she views as violent ideology.
“If you’re not going to include all the facts, then there’s now a bias,” said the parent, who is Jewish.
Kansas State Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) told KansasWatchDog he was "appalled":
He said the way the school teaches about Islam glosses over some of the more unsavory aspects of the religion, such as Jihad and the annihilation of Israel.
“If you’re going to talk about Islam and make it sound like it’s another one of those religions that needs to be understood and contemplated by mankind, there’s a serious misunderstanding,” Hedke said.