Administrators in a taxpayer-funded Colorado school district will force female students enrolled in a world religions class to wear head coverings during an upcoming visit to a Denver mosque.
The field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13, reports EAGnews.org.
The school district is in Douglas County, Colo., a partly exurban, mostly rural county south of Denver.
Local KNUS-AM radio host Peter Boyles said he obtained a notice which district officials sent to parents concerning the field trip.
“We will be visiting the Denver Mosque, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Rodef-Shalom Synagogue,” the notice explains.
“THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP,” the notice adds, in fierce all-caps. “All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque.” (RELATED: Oklahoma Senate Mulls Very Important Hoodie Ban)
The location of “the Denver Mosque” is not obvious. Salatomatic, a website tracking mosques and Islamic schools, lists 17 mosques in the Denver area. None is called “the Denver Mosque.”
In any case, after the field trip, students will “eat lunch at Park Meadows Food Court.”
Boyles, the KNUS radio host, noted that public schools typically are not allowed to treat boys and girls differently.
“They’re holding these girls to a different standard,” he charged — and for “a religious reason.”
Boyles argued that the district should not apply Islamic principles “to public school kids.”
It is unclear whether students in Douglas County will also visit any Protestant or Catholic places of worship, or what the dress code for girls would be in that event.