Roger L. Simon

Separation of Church and State in the Schools is a Serious Matter

Recent events at Harvard have reminded us of the fragility of our most august educational institutions when it comes to the separation of church and state. Today we have a report of a humbler institution in Minnesota turning into what may be an Islamic parochial school. While there is of course a difference – Harvard is a private school and the TIZA charter school is public – they both represent a significant trend, paying obeisance to Sharia Law within the US educational system.

Kathrine Kersten writes in her article: Evidence suggests, however, that TIZA is an Islamic school, funded by Minnesota taxpayers. If that can be proven, it is obviously bad and most probably against the law. But the actions of Harvard in carving out special hours for Muslim women at their gym are not so benign either. I suggest they provide moral justification for what is happening in Minnesota (even more so because this is Harvard).

There is lot of silly chatter about the separation of church and state in our society … people worrying about Christmas trees in public parks, etc… but our educational institutions are a different matter. They are the bastion of a free society.