People are outraged that a public school would implement this assignment into their curriculum—it’s so hard to believe! While some do not see the big deal, others are expressing their concerns about the assignment’s meaning.
A teacher from La Plata High School in Maryland has been accused of indoctrinating students into Islam. Allegedly, the school has required students to partake in an Arabic calligraphy assignment that is the Shahada or the Islamic statement of faith: one of the five pillars of Islam.
The lawsuit was filed by John and Melissa Wood under the Thomas More Law Center after Melissa got wind of the assignment. Richard Thompson, the president of the Woods’ law firm, said, “Defendants forced Wood’s daughter to disparage her Christian faith by reciting the Shahada and acknowledging Mohammed as her spiritual leader.”
For non-Muslims, reciting this creed is the equivalent of converting, says the law firm.
The public school system has refused to comment on these allegations.
Learning about different religions is a valuable class in and of itself—learning about Islam as well as Buddhism and Hinduism can broaden children’s understanding. However, writing down a testament of faith is stepping over some bounds.
It seemed the class was trying to trick children into “converting” to Islam without even knowing what they were doing or what they wrote down even meant.
Now, will this automatically turn a child into a jihadist? No, of course not, but it is an issue none the less for several reasons. One is that the same people who have an issue with the people filing the lawsuit against the teacher are the same people who protest the pledge of allegiance in public schools.
So, an Islamic testament of faith is okay but ‘one nation under God’ is not?
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
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