Moughni says he found the flyer in his son's backpack.
Mustonen says the district aims to serve and inform the community as a whole.
DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -
A Muslim parent is concerned after a flyer advertising a church's egg hunt was given to his child at school.
The flyer is headlined reading 'EGGSTRAVAGANZA!'. The event happens Saturday, April 12 at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church and will have an egg hunt, relay race and egg toss. The flyer includes photos of a bunny and decorated eggs, and contact information to register.
David Mustonen, the district's spokesperson, says the flyer was given to students at three elementary schools.
Majed Moughni says the flyer was put by a teacher in his 9-year-old son's mailbox. The son brought the flyer home and, when Moughni found it in his backpack, he says he asked his son how he felt about it.
Moughni says his son, who has been studying the Constitution, said he thought this violated the idea of separating church and state.
"I think what's wrong with this particular flyer is it's promoting an event at a church, and it violates the separation of church and state. I would have a problem with the school distributing a flyer that was promoting a mosque event, and I'm sure most non-Muslims would have the same problem," he tells FOX 2's Randy Wimbley.
Mustonen says Moughni's concerns have been addressed, and wants to remind the public the district serves the community and has given out information to a wide variety of events.
"We don't exist in a vacuum. We are part of a larger Dearborn community, and, as such we are partners with many, many different organizations. And, when an opportunity comes along to share news about a community event, we take advantage of that and we do that," says Mustonen.
Moughni says his issue isn't with the idea of Easter, it's that school resources were used to promote the church event.
He says, "I don't have a problem with the Easter event. I've even offered the church - I'll pay for the entire event. I'll sponsor the whole event; I'll pay for all the candy that's being passed out. I have no problem with the Easter hunt. I do have a problem with the school using school resources to fund the distribution of these events, or even told all teachers to pass them out to kids and shove it down their throat. That's what I have a problem with." He adds his child has received multiple flyers for other events at the same church.
"I hope our bringing attention to this cause will make the school think twice about allowing churches, mosques, synagogues - or any other religious facility - to bring their flyers and have teachers pass them out. And if it happens again, we'll be here again demanding that it stop," he says.
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