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A Texas high school classroom used for Muslim prayer is under fire from the state AG


A Texas high school classroom used for Muslim prayer is under fire from the state AG

A classroom at Liberty High School in Texas has been used as a prayer room for Muslim students for seven years.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie sent a letter to the school, saying he was "concerned" that the room might constitute religious exclusion, The Washington Post reports.

"It appears that the prayer room is 'dedicated to the religious needs of some students,' namely, those who practice Islam." Leonie wrote. He added that excluding faiths would violate the Constitution.

This 'press release' appears to be a publicity stunt by the OAG to politicize a non-issue.
Jeremy Lyons, school superintendent

However, the Frisco Independent School District argues the letter is wrong. Superintendent Jeremy Lyons said the "inflammatory rhetoric" would put the school in danger of "unnecessary disruption."

It appears that students are being treated differently based on their religious beliefs.
Letter from Texas' AG office

A story by the school newspaper highlighted the room's use as a Muslim prayer room, which gave Muslim students the convenience to pray without leaving the school. Leonie's letter cited that article, which says the room is "dedicated to the religious needs of some students."

All sorts of folks use it. Muslims pray. Baptists pray. Catholics pray. Buddhists pray. Hindu students pray.
Chris Moore, school district spokesman

In an interview with KERA public radio, Liberty High principal Scott Warstler said he welcomed all faiths in the prayer room.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Leonie's superior, has long resisted what he perceives as anti-Christian discrimination in Texas, the Post reports. Last December, a principal in Killeen, Texas, told an aide to take down a poster with the Bible verse "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord." 

Paxton wrote in response, "These concerns are not surprising in an age of frivolous litigation by anti-Christian interest groups. Rescind this unlawful policy.” He helped the school aide sue the district and won. 

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