Saturday, May 17, 2008

FAME: A California publicly funded charter school with an Islamic flavor?

Please don't take this as an accusation, but rather a rumor that I heard. The link is for people to check, see, and decide for yourself. Certainly there are Muslims in many of the schools nearby as the head scarves testify. There are also many with whom I enjoy working and spending time together. That intellectual elites have a much greater respect for Islam than Christianity is also well known, and this is post is to explore a bit of the relative status of these religions as judged by the secular aristocrats.

The emphasis at FAME is on multi-cultural aspects including Arabic. Certainly Arabic is an important language for international business these days. It is also a mandatory part of a madrasah. A feature of Islam is the multitude of rules, which have been implemented over the centuries in patterns so that much of the religion manifests itself in forms that easily fit in the category of "culture". A public charter school could, by emphasizing culture, teach much of Islam. The remainder of the Islamic education can be done outside of school so that a thorough Islamic upbringing could be achieved, but primarily paid for by US taxpayers.

Christianity, on the other hand, is primarily about a relationship with Jesus. There are few rules compared to Islam, and the theology is more along the lines of philosophy. Thus, it is considerably more difficult to try re-packaging Christianity as culture.

1 comment:

Delirious said...

I think that there are a couple of "politically correct" religions at the moment. One of them has become quite popular among actors, I believe it is called kabbalah. I'm speaking of the one where in they wear a red string bracelet. Another that has become increasingly popular with actors is scientology.

I think many people believe that any religion will do, as long as it teaches you to be a good person. The Bible teaches, "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."