According to a Leader-Telegram article covering the Menomonie forum on teaching religion in the Menomonie schools, it appears Menomonie places more emphasis on a specific religion — Islam.

What does it mean by a person expressing why he converted from Christianity to Islam? Showing pictures of celebrities that children may know that practice Islam? How does this relate to giving the children a background or understanding of the time and culture in which Malala lived?

The person that alerted the school board to the possible conflict of teaching religion in the schools is to be commended, not demonized. They were present in the classroom and heard what was said firsthand. They were caring enough about our children to express concern about the time spent of details of the Muslim faith and practices.

This was not to stir up trouble, but to have the issue calmly discussed and see if there were others who were concerned. This person realized that a very vocal group of individuals would use it to demonize her.

This was not about reading and discussing the book Malala, or against Islam; it was about balance. They respectfully went through the proper channels available to everyone in the district. They asked for no special favors by having this issue addressed.

They need to be applauded for the courage and encouragement of real diversity.

JUDY MEHNE, Menomonie

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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