Once again, under the guise of “World History,” the teachings of Islam is taking the forefront in schools across the country where students are being taught extensively about Islam.
Though the parents understand that a thorough study of history certainly covers religions from all over the world, they don’t understand why so much time is being spent teaching children so extensively about Islam.
WND reported that earlier this year, public-school students in Madison, Wisconsin, were given an assignment to “pretend you are Muslim,” while students in Florida were instructed to “recite the Five Pillars of Islam as a prayer, make Islamic prayer rugs and perform other Muslim rituals,” ACLJ said Monday.
Now, parents of public-school students in Tennessee are protesting assignments that include writing a declaration that Allah is supreme and textbooks that recount Islamic doctrines as facts instead of beliefs.
Nearly 120,000 people have signed ACLJ’s petition demanding a halt to such teaching.advertisement - story continues below
“What if your child or grandchild’s public school forced them to write out the Shahada – the Islamic conversion creed – while having skipped Christianity?” the organization asked.
“What if your child’s study guide had a section called ‘Origins of Islam’ that included statements such as, ‘Around the age of 40, the angel Gabriel told Muhammad that he was to be a prophet of Allah.’
“Stated as fact, not belief,” the ACLJ said.
The Columbia Daily Herald in Middle Tennessee reported details of the allegations.
In the Maury County school district, the paper reported parent Brandee Porterfield said her daughter “brought home school materials containing the Five Pillars of Islam.”advertisement - story continues below
But the school skipped the textbook’s section on Christianity.
School officials explained, she told the Herald, that Christianity was not part of the state’s standards, so it wasn’t covered.
“I have a big problem with that. From a historical point of view, that’s a lot of history these kids are missing,” Porterfield told the newspaper. “Also, for them to spend three weeks on Islam after having skipped Christianity, it seems to be that they are making a choice about which religion to discuss.”
She said her concerns were about her seventh-grade daughter being taught the “Shahada,” the profession of Islamic faith.
“From a religion point of view, if the schools are going to be teaching religion in history, they need to teach them all equally,” she said.advertisement - story continues below
The ACLJ reported called it “Islamic indoctrination right here in our schools.”
The organization said Maury County school officials admitted they were addressing “some sensitive topics” in class and there appeared to be some “confusion.”
“That’s outrageous,” ACLJ said. “The indoctrination of students with the precepts of converting to Islam and forcing them to recite ‘Allah is the only god’ aren’t ‘sensitive topics’; it’s unconstitutional.
“Imagine the outcry from the ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and other leftist and angry atheist organizations if a study guide states, ‘Jesus is the Son of God,’ and forced children to recite the Lord’s Prayer.”
Now, Sekulow’s organization said it is taking action.
“We’re in direct contact with a number of parents and concerned citizens, we’re taking on new clients, and preparing critical demand letters and open records requests to these schools and school districts,” the group said.
“It is a clear constitutional principle that public education may not indoctrinate young minds into a religion. Teachers and schools may teach what different faith traditions believe and how that has affected world history and geography. But a school cannot censor Christianity and promote Islam.”
The organization offers a Web link for the petition project.
The Daily Herald reported Jan Hanvey, a middle school supervisor for Maury County Public Schools, said the curriculum has covered the subject for decades, and Buddhism and Hinuism also are covered.
She told the newspaper the chapter on Christianity was not skipped but was being delayed.
The newspaper cited state advisories that called for seventh-grade social studies to begin with the Islamic world and then move to Africa. The “Age of Exploration” follows, which continues into eighth grade.
Hanvey told the newspaper Christianity is discussed in the “Age of Exploration,” partly because religious persecution is one of the reasons for a search for a new world.
Fox News reported Maury County Director of Schools Chris Marczak said his teachers “work together to make sure that our students are learning what is expected through the Tennessee academic standards.”
“For this last section on the Islamic World this past week, our educators had students complete an assignment that had an emphasis on Islamic faith,” he said. “The assignment covered some sensitive topics that are of importance to Islamic religion and caused some confusion around whether we are asking students to believe in or simply understand the religion.”