Muslims use halal food to force sharia on California pre-schools?

Excerpts from a story in the Lodi News Sentinel:  

Israr Khan is concerned about his 4-year-old daughter's lunch choices at Heritage Primary Elementary.

Since she is enrolled in the state-operated pre-school program, the girl can choose from any of the cafeteria offerings even if they don't align with her Muslim diet or aren't "halal."

"They say it's the kids' choice, but they are 3 (years old) and hardly know what is right or wrong," Khan said.

He and a trio of men attended Tuesday's Lodi Unified school board meeting requesting a new policy that allows parents to accompany their children through the cafeteria line.

At issue is the Muslim diet.

....The district has dealt with this issue in the past at its two pre-school sites, according to Florence Costamagna, director of school readiness and pre-school programs. Only last year, Heritage's participants did not eat lunch in the cafeteria and instead received a snack of graham crackers and milk in the classroom.
At Heritage, 12 percent of its enrollment is Pakistani.

"When they're in pre-school, they're not really ready to make that decision," Cervantes said of students picking the permissible foods. "How do they distinguish between the hamburger they can eat at home and the one at school? That's hard for a 3-and-half-year-old."

"That matter should be resolved quickly because we do not want our kids to eat something forbidden," he said.
[Creeping Sharia notes: Submit to sharia quickly before anyone figures out what it entails]

Both Costamagna and Catherine Pennington, assistant superintendent of primary education, are working on solutions to be culturally respective of the parents' requests.

Cervantes recommended that students bring their own lunch when there is no acceptable item on the menu, but that is not allowed in the state pre-school program, she said. Board president Richard Jones, who is also the president of the local Boys and Girls Club, received a number of phone calls and visits Tuesday from Pakistani families concerned with Heritage's food offerings.

"They think because I am the president and at the Boys and Girls Club, I can solve everything," he told his peers during the meeting's board member comment section. "I made sure they understood I am only one of seven."

Trustees cannot act on items during public comment, but Pennington talked with the group after two men addressed the board Tuesday.

Cervantes, who met with some parents earlier in the day and felt the meeting went well, plans to label the table and color-code the vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices before explaining to students what is available.

The pre-school teacher will also discuss with the Muslim children what foods their parents say is appropriate to eat.
[Creeping Sharia notes: In other words, teachers will be teaching Muslim children sharia law]
"But ultimately when it comes to lunch, the child makes the final choice. That's a little hard," Cervantes said. "The teacher can't physically stop them from reaching out and picking up what they want to eat."
Other interesting comments on this piece:

wondering says:
If the school is teaching muslim diet to children, are they aware the Prophet commanded the drinking of camel urine for tonic?

As it is commanded the cafeteria should have the freeze dried version on hand. A few glasses of that should increase understanding.
Oh bull wrote:
These parents need to realize that there are bigger problems than the lunch at our schools!! Are they even going to be able to stay open, provide teachers, or paper and pencils.Pack a lunch(Don't understand why they can't bring it)
Free Speech wrote:
" I was raised Kosher in the LUSD and we ALWAYS brought our lunch from home... the school district has enough issues to deal with!! "
pooreastside wrote:
"Why should the whole darn school have to cater to a few? Accompany their kids in the food line? Oh my gosh, what next???? What about the Seventh Day Adventist,most of their children can't eat pork, but I don't see them in line making sure their kid doesn't eat pork or whatever?? Shall we cater to every group there is or what?"

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