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Parents Protest Muslim Prayer Room in a Catholic School

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/16/15

Yes, in Michigan: 

It may surprise some to learn Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills has a dozen or so Muslim students. It has been that way, say leaders, for many years. But questions have recently been raised, primarily by about a dozen or so angry parents, over a prayer room, which allows those Muslim students to pray on a Catholic school’s property. “When the question was ‘Is there a place that I can pray?’, the answer that evolved was yes,” says school president John Birney. “We have this ‘sacred space’ available for you if you want it,” he remembers telling students. That prayer room is not just for Muslims. Students of other non-Catholic faiths have used it too says Birney. He and 7 Action News have fielded some of those parental complaints. One emailing to us called the prayer room “unconscionable” – saying her child’s paid religious education would be “undermined.” The school says they haven’t heard from any students who have had any opinions on this one way or the other, rather its pretty much just those parents raising questions.

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