Middle East studies in the News
Public Schools, 'Practicing Calligraphy' and Islamic Indoctrination
by Jen Kuznicki
Students at Riverheads High School in Virginia were asked to copy a bit of calligraphy in their world geometry class that translated to, "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."
Once the students got word out to their parents, all heck broke loose.
The teacher, Cheryl LaPorte claims that the students were learning about monotheistic religions and the Augusta County Superintendent sent out a press release stating that the teaching material was supposed to show the students how complex and artful Middle East language is.
The textbook revealed that the verse was the shahada; the Islamic statement of faith.
The News Leader pointed out that the phrase is recited as a "fundamental step in the conversion to Islam."
So, if this was a lesson on calligraphy why not try "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog?" I'm quite sure the children would be able to recognize the difficulty of calligraphy trying to copy it. .
At a forum for discussion of the event Tuesday night, one parent made theobservation that the teacher didn't have a verse from the Bible, as Christianity is also a monotheistic religion and Christ was born in the Middle East.
The school was shut down today in a cautious move by county officials because of the uproar following the lesson. Herndon and some other parents organized and made the school system change their approach.
This is such a refreshing story of how basically one person can make a change in her own community.
There are Atheists running around masquerading as social justice warriors, calling themselves the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" (FFRF) who are forcing locally-controlled schools to remove pictures of Jesus and other Christian influence through threatening lawsuits. They are co-opting the Bill of Rights and the founding of America, claiming that America was founded without Judeo-Christian values. They fundamentally misread the First Amendment, ignore the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which mentions God and Nature's God, and the fundamental values of this nation and all of Western Civilization would not be possible if not for the fundamental teachings of the Bible. But unfortunately there are enough judges out there that allow this type of injustice to occur. Yet, a look at the FFRF news page shows they couldn't care less about this incident.
It takes the strength of all Christians, who are obligated to maintain local control over their school systems, to fight for what they believe in and for what they want taught to their children.
Congratulations to Mrs. Herndon and all the parents who made it known in no uncertain terms that this kind of subtle indoctrination will not be tolerated, because in the end, it is up to the local demography and democracy that has the say.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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