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Muslim Prayers Allowed in Metro Schools

A lot of parents are frustrated that their kids can't pray in school.

It's a debate that has once again landed in court.

But is it easier for Muslim families?

Our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams has The Inside Story that's certain to spark even more debate:

Prayer in public schools has been a difficult issue for a long time now.

By and large, the debate has focused on Christian prayers.

But what about Muslim prayers?

Right now, Christian supporters of school prayer are outraged over an ACLU lawsuit aimed at Wilson County schools.

Part of the argument stems from a "See You at the Pole" prayer event -- held around the school flag pole one morning just before school for any one who wanted to attend.

Now, consider this:

During the recent Muslim holy month of Ramadan, teachers in Metro Nashville schools were actually ordered to release Muslim students from class at certain times --  to go to unused classrooms or offices -- so that they could attend to their Muslim prayers.

A school spokesman says that, because the prayers are supposed to be uttered at designated times, that makes Muslim prayers different from Christian prayers.

As a result, the school system tries to accommodate their religious traditions.

But one teacher told me, if she released her students from class for Christian prayers, she fears that she'd find herself in court.

She doesn't think that's fair.

Regardless of your position, it's certainly a sign of the difficult times in which we now live.

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