Middle East studies in the News
Moms Raise Concerns About Teaching of Islam at NJ Middle School
by Tucker Carlson
Two New Jersey parents were outraged after their children were forced to take part in a middle school social studies lesson on Islam, while the other world religions were ignored.
Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that they voiced their concerns about the instruction at Chatham Middle School at a school board meeting, but were rebuffed when they asked to meet with the superintendent in private.
Hilsenrath explained that as part of her child's world cultures and geography class, students were instructed to describe the five pillars of Islam and were taught there is "no God but Allah" and that "Mohammed is the messenger."
"I think it crosses the line, [teaching] one religion and not others," Hilsenrath said, asking whether it would be appropriate to therefore recite that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth and the light" and that "no one comes to God but through me."
She and Gayer said they were labeled bigots and xenophobes after their appearance at the school board meeting, and Hilsenrath said her position was compared to that of the Ku Klux Klan.
Gayer said it was not the first time that the school stirred controversy regarding religion, recounting how her son inserted a short Bible quotation in a slideshow, but was unable to present to his class because the teacher pulled him aside to tell him such a mention "belongs in Sunday School."
Hilsenrath said when she asked to meet with the superintendent, he told her the Curriculum Committee would look into the matter.
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