Hundreds of angry parents in the Walton County school district are outraged that their children are studying Islam in depth, while their Christian religious beliefs are largely ignored.
These parents plan to attend the Walton County Board of Education meeting Oct. 10 to address several issues with social studies lessons for middle-schoolers that they believe are biased toward Islam and overstep parental authority.
“I believe my children are my responsibility and I believe I need to be the one teaching them what we believe instead of the school,” parent Bill Green told News 95.5.
The outrage erupted over a quiz handed out to students asking them to answer questions related to the five pillars of Islam, the Quran as the “holy” book of Muslims, and the conversion prayer known as the “shahada,” which states, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Perhaps most disturbing to Christian parents was the “correct” answer that the Muslim god Allah is the “same god” that is worshiped by Christians and Jews, which is absolutely not true!
At the same time Islam is being studied in detail, the beliefs of Christianity are glossed over, parents say. They now have more than 2,300 parents and concerned citizens who have joined a Facebook group dedicated to opposing the school system’s methods of teaching comparative religions.
Parent Michelle King told WSB-TV she’s upset because students seem to spend a lot more time learning about Islam than any other religion.
“My daughter had to learn the (shahada), and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert,” King said. “But they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God.”
“What they are learning goes against my religion completely,” she said.
Local parent Ryan Breece wants to force school officials to alert parents to upcoming lessons on religion or other sensitive topics to give them an opportunity to opt their children out of assignments they don’t agree with.
Conservative Tribune reports:
If parents opt their children out of the course, they’ll receive a lower grade. That’s what happened to Ryan Breece’s child.
Speaking to reporters, Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza seemed to intimate that Walton County’s Islam curriculum was not what the state had intended for the course.
“This element is not an evaluation of any religion, nor is it a course in the belief system of any religion,” Cardoza said. “It is important that students understand the differences between each of these religions to help them understand the tensions that exist in the region.”
However, he added that “when teachers teach ‘beyond’ the recommended paragraph above, this is a teacher or local decision, and not one that is encouraged by the Department of Education or required by the Georgia Performance Standards.”
Parents around the country better take a more active stance, call your principals and school boards and demand Islam indoctrination stop!