Talk about an extreme case of political correctness.
Sorry, but if your religion requires you to fast what business is it of anyone else?
Why should other people have to suffer because you are?
In this case one school decided to ‘show respect’ by not drinking water in front of the fasting students.
However, it seems at least one of the teachers took it too far.
An angry mother has accused a primary school of denying her child water on one of the hottest days of the year for fear of upsetting pupils observing Ramadan.
Kora Blagden, 32, claimed a teacher at her son Luke’s school refused to let the 10-year old drink from his water bottle because it was unfair to fasting classmates.
Many pupils at Charles Dickens Primary School, Portsmouth, Hampshire, are fasting during Ramadan, which means they refrain from taking food or water between sunrise and sunset for around 30 days, depending on the moon.
Kora said: ‘Just before bedtime me and my sons Luke, ten, and Alfie, eight, were talking about Ramadan as we had seen it on the news. Luke said to me he was told he wasn’t allowed to drink in class by his teacher.
‘The reason being, a child who is fasting had a headache and the teacher said it would be unfair if the other children drank in front of the pupil.
‘They normally have their bottles on their table but they were kept in a tray by the teacher. He went along with it but he was thirsty and didn’t want to offend the other children. Alfie said he was allowed to drink in the morning but not in the afternoon.
‘Luke was dehydrated when he got home and drunk three glasses of water straight away.’
Since then the school has apologized and a teacher, student, parent meeting was set up.
It is one thing to be courteous to people, it is another thing to make someone suffer for someone else’s beliefs.
Should schools go to such extreme measures to not offend Muslim students?
Or should the Muslims be able to adapt in the western world?