I think the Fairness Doctrine is a farce so up front this isn’t about that. This is about the very real issue that there are “boogey-men” out there. The truth is those “boogey-men” aren’t everywhere we think they are. In the new world we live in secondary to the East vs. West and GWOT et al we need to keep our common sense.
The blog world reveals a story that depending on your perspective is either a big nothing or “red-alert” type stuff.
A teacher of a New Hampshire school received training and support from Aramco. Aramco is the state owned oil company of Saudi Arabia. The T&S was for teaching,exploring etc Arabic culture. The teacher with others and of course the young students hosted “tent night”. An extensive display and interactive program of Arabic culture. The authentic Saudi experience included:
During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in bold letters “Death for Drug Trafficking ” at the top…
Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women from participating in these public roles…
Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and veils. An antique trunk full of black abayas worn by women, and white robes worn by the men, were available for guests to try on…
An Islamic religion station included a Muslim prayer rug with a compass imbedded in it to locate Mecca, readings on the Islamic faith, call to prayer items and prayer beads. all from
I accept people look at this are like “No F@#%&*g Way “!!! I acknowledge that American schools wouldn’t usually allow a Christian table to be set up any where on school grounds. I have experienced ethnic events in my life though. At school and in the general public arena, I like it.I would just stress that it isn’t the Saudis fault our schools are what they are.That is the fault of “We the People” We should focus on our failings and successes re: culture, faith and ideals everyday.That is something beyond this post though.
I like the idea of exposing people to different ideas and that includes cultures. That Arabic and Islamic people and culture is a reality warrants exploration. I would want and enjoy full explanations and discussion about gender segregation and public status of others etc. Full and fair you know ?
I don’t look at this and see the Islamists stalking our youth. In a common sense way I see an opportunity to learn. I hope those that attended this event will never fail to explore the culture of America and the countless other places on this ever shrinking globe.