January 12, 2015
A Colorado school district has come under fire from parents in the community when a local middle school told girls that they will have to submit to sharia-compliant rules regarding covering their heads and ankles on a field trip to a Muslim mosque in Denver.
According to Western Journalism, the Douglas County School District, located just south of Denver county, informed students and parents that their daughters must abide by an imposed dress code for the world religions field trip taking place Tuesday, January 13. “All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque,” the notice read.
An outraged parent contacted local media outlets to report the forced dress requirement, all of whom allegedly refused to cover the story except for one right-wing radio broadcaster out of Denver, Peter Boyles of KNUS 710. Boyles reached out to Principal Mike Loitz at Rocky Heights Middle School — the school imposing the dress requirements on female students — and Loitz confirmed in the interview on January 6 that they did ask students to comply.
Boyles noted one of the key issues with the dress code, pointing out that public schools are forbidden from holding girls to different standards than boys. “They’re holding these girls to a different standard – it’s a religious reason,” Boyles said in his broadcast.
“Islam dictates many, I believe – personal belief – repressive practices against women and Islamophobia will trump women’s rights,” Boyles said. “Animal rights every time, and the environment. That’s their belief – that’s wonderful. But don’t apply it to public school kids.”
It’s one thing to visit a place of worship for educational purposes and choose to comply with the religious dress on your own accord, but for a public school to force it is entirely different — and wrong.
After a firestorm erupted over forcing girls to submit to Sharia, the school issued a public statement to address the outrage, clarifying their stance on the issue, along with denying the claim that this is part of Common Core.
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