High school student wants Five Pillars of Islam displayed next to Ten Commandments

Here's an oldie, but a goodie. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of the Bradley County (Tennessee) Board of Commissioners when high school student Rachel Cate stood at the podium at one of their meetings. Cate, a Muslim, had a simple argument: Since the Board had voted recently to display the Ten Commandments, why not display the Five Pillars of Islam? Board members largely avoided addressing Cate's proposal - although one did have the temerity to suggest that posting the Five Pillars was inappropriate, given the September 11th attacks. (By that logic, shouldn't the existence of Eric Rudolph nullify display of the Ten Commandments? I'm just saying.)

The Ten Commandments are recognized as part of Islam as well; Mohammed was a prophet of Islam as much as Jesus (Isa) and Mohammend were. So technically, posting the Ten Commandments covers the three great  Religions of the Book. But I have to side with the ACLU on this one. If it's okay to post the Ten Commandments and the Five Pillars, why not also post the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path of Buddhism as well? And excerpts from the Bhagavad-Gita? Still, I have to hand it to Rachel Cate. It sounds like she held her own against the grown-ups, and then some. That's one fearless, opinionated teenager. Fight the power, girl!

(Thanks to Jen for pointing out that this story isn't "recent". That'll learn me to trust Yahoo! News keyword searches instead of , you know, actually looking at the dates.)

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