Parents Protest After Brother Rice Catholic High School Creates “Sacred” Muslim Prayer Room

Brother Rice Catholic high School in Bloomfield, Michigan is under fire after creating a Muslim prayer room on campus.

The prayer room was created to provide Muslims a safe place to pray at the Catholic school.
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Church Militant reported:

A Catholic high school in Michigan is under fire for the creation of a prayer room for non-Christian students.

Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield, Michigan has received much backlash from parents for creating a non-Christian prayer room within the school to allow Muslims and other non-Christian students to pray, with some calling the decision “unconscionable” and one parent stating that the move will “undermine” her child’s paid-for religious education.

John Birney, president of the Catholic high school, which has around a dozen Muslim students, defends the decision, asserting that the school doesn’t “discriminate based on race, creed, color.”

“When the question was ‘Is there a place that I can pray?’ the answer that evolved was yes,” he said, adding that the school has a “‘sacred space’ available for you if you want it.

According to the school, none of the students have complained about the prayer room and that the room has been in existence for years.

Birney urged people to ask if the prayer room is “something that compromises our faith and identity, or is it in fact consistent with the respect that we have.”

“We’re Catholic in the sense of we share the Good News,” Birney stated. “We’re not Catholic in the sense of ‘Hey, if you’re not Catholic don’t bother coming here.'”

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