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Mass. Middle School Mosque Trip Sparks Controversy After Video Shows Students Praying to Allah

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A video shot by one of the parents of the studens show six graders participating in Muslim prayers. The students were taken to the the mosque as part of field trip.

09/17/2010 United States (Fox News)-A Massachusetts middle school field trip to a local mosque has sparked controversy after a video surfaced showing some students participating in a Muslim prayer service during the visit.

Several parents complained to the school after the video, shot by a parent during the May 27 trip, was made public Wednesday. It shows a five sixth-grade boys kneeling, bowing their heads, and engaging in a prayer ritual at Islamic Society of Boston Community Center, the Boston Globe reported.

The video was released by Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a group that has been critical of the center in the past, after the group received it from a mother who recorded it while chaperoning the trip, the Globe reported.

Bilal Kaleem, president of the Muslim American Society of Boston, which runs the center, said all the prayer was voluntary.

The trip was part of a social studies course, “Enduring Beliefs in the World Today,” and also included trips to a synagogue, a gospel musical performance, and a meeting with Hindu religious leaders, Wong told the Globe.

In the future teachers will give “more clear guidance to students to better define what is allowed to fulfill the purpose of observation,” she said in the letter to parents.

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