Support the Same Standards for All

TIZASince Katherine Kersten’s column regarding Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) in yesterday’s Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Education has been inundated with negative calls.

Kersten’s column claims that TIZA is violating its charter and the “church and state” separation. She bases this largely on the observations of one short-time substitute teacher who was immersed in a different school culture, and could easily have been mistaken in her impressions and interpretations.

However, whether or not TIZA has violated the strictest interpretation of religion-state separation is not the issue. What school in Minnesota has not? Indeed, last December, the Minneapolis public schools launched a large faith-based initiative weighted almost entirely to Protestant congregations. Read about it here.

If we are going to examine TIZA’s practices with a fine-toothed comb, then surely all faith-based initiatives, Easter pageants, Christmas trees, and even our choice of holiday vacations should come under strict scrutiny.

If you would like to urge the Minnesota Department of Education to be fair in its scrutiny of Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy, and to be wary of Islamophobic motivations, the department is steering all calls to this number: 651-582 8570.

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2 comments so far

  1. Joseph Marco on

    Katherine Kersten using a former College Republican chairwoman from Winona as a resource makes this story highly suspect and much like witch-hunting. If this investigative report had come from any other reporter then it would have had much more credibility. Muslim baiting has been the bread and butter of Katherine and this looks like one in that series.

    People of Minnesota can’t be fooled by this sensationalism.

  2. Daniel Morris on

    In regards to the Christian holidays, our founding fathers were Christians. So why wouldn’t the holidays be based on the Christian faith. I would bet in any Muslim country the holidays are based on the Muslim faith and the same goes for other countrys with other faiths.
    Why should we have to change for the minorities in this country?


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