Muslim Parents Rightfully Upset When Church’s Flyers Are Distributed at Dearborn Elementary Schools

Normally, when we hear about Christian groups pushing faith in public schools, it’s always atheists who push back against it. So I’m glad to finally see Muslim parents complaining about an Easter event flyer (not the image below) sent home with their elementary school children in Detroit:

A flyer headlined “Eggstravaganza!” was given to students this week at three elementary schools in the Dearborn Public Schools district, which has a substantial number of Muslim students. The flyer described an April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn featuring an egg hunt, relay race, and egg toss. It asked students to RSVP “to secure your free spot” and included images of eggs and a bunny.

The pastor of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church defended the flyer, saying it was approved for distribution by Dearborn Public Schools and is not promoting a religious event.

“It’s designed to be an opportunity to invite the community to come for a day of activity,” said Pastor Neeta Nichols of Cherry Hill. “There is not a religious component to this event.”

Minus the church celebrating Easter

Does anyone really think there won’t be an invitation to attend a church service at some point during the event?

A devil’s advocate might say that if a mosque was sponsoring an event like this, they would support the distribution of flyers, right?

[Parent Majed] Moughni said he greatly respects Christianity, but believes that schools should not promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well.

Sounds logical. The easiest solution is to just forbid religious (or non-religious) groups from promoting events at public schools.

But until the school district comes to its senses, let’s get some Muslim or atheist groups giving Christians a taste of their own medicine. They should promote a secular event at a mosque or local Humanist center. See how many Christians complain to the district about it. Let’s see the district officials ignore that. I doubt they will.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Graham for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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