One Muslim parent’s complaint that his children were given fliers by their public school teachers promoting an upcoming Easter egg hunt has sparked a controversy – and a show of interfaith solidarity.
Majed Moughni was upset after his son and daughter, both elementary school students of Dearborn Public Schools in Dearborn, Mich., brought home invitations to an “Eggstravaganza” at a local church.
Dearborn is home to about 40,000 Arab Americans, according to the 2000 Census, the highest proportion of Arab Americans in any U.S. city.
Moughni, an attorney, complained to the Detroit Free Press in a story published April 4 that the distribution of the fliers represented a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
That sparked a media controversy, with conservative outlets like American Thinker decrying the Muslim parents who were upset about the invitations for the Easter egg hunt – a controversy fueled by the belief there were multiple parents who complained. The Free Press story said that “Moughni and others are worried that churches are trying to convert their youth through Dearborn Schools,” but Moughni was the only parent quoted in the story.