In Tennessee a few months back, there was quite a hubbub about the fact that a local school district was requiring 7th graders to recite the Shahada, the Muslim declaration that there is no God but Allah and Mohammed was his prophet. Well sure there was a hubbub.

Was anyone working for the Maury County school district honestly surprised by the uproar in forcing middle-schoolers to do such a thing? Were any of them surprised when state legislators sponsored a bill to ban the teaching of religious doctrine to middle schoolers? Were any of them surprised when CAIR said bills aimed at banning the teaching of religion in school is “Islamophobic”? Of course not. On the contrary, I think it’s exactly what the school district had in mind when they came up with this Muslim prayer tactic in the first place.

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It is tempting to say, “okay, well, all this Muslim prayer stuff just goes to show you that there shouldn’t be a trace of faith in our public schools.” And I think that is clearly the message the Maury County school district meant to send. Giving students a moment of silence for private prayer never would have done the trick in rural Tennessee. No, if you want to ban any trace of faith in our public schools, anyone half-trained in the tactics of Saul Alinsky knows that in this day and age you have to have students praise Allah.

If parents say nothing about forcing their children recite Muslim prayers in school, then I assume the Maury County schools would be fine with that. And if they say something, well then new legislation that bans any trace of faith in the public schools is the best outcome of all. Heads they win, tails you lose.

It is, by the way, the same tactic used in the marriage redefinition movement, where supposedly small-government libertarians now do the bidding of redefinition advocates by demanding that government “get out of the marriage business.” The upshot of that is a more powerful government no longer constrained by a non-governmental understanding of what marriage actually is–ironically, the very thing libertarians are supposed to be against.