And the backlash over this surprises anyone, because…?
This week a Virginia school district was under fire for a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
Fox News reports, “Female students at Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia, were also invited to wear Muslim clothing — a story first reported by The Schilling Show.
The Muslim-friendly calligraphy assignment took place in a world geography class. The teacher had the kids copy the Muslim statement of faith, also known as the shahada.
However, students were apparently not given the translation of what they were writing.
Writing for Fox, Todd Starnes said, “In other words, there were more than likely a few Christian teenagers in that room who had no idea they were writing, “There is no god but Allah.”
The teachers said the assignment was all about the art — not about the theology.
“They were simply asked to attempt to artistically render written Arabic in order to understand its artistic complexity,” they stated.
And out of sheer coincidence — out of all the Arabic words and phrases the teacher could have selected, she picked the Islamic statement of faith?”
Well, today CNN reports that “such an angry backlash flooded in that it prompted officials to close every single school in the county as a safety precaution.
“While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015,” Augusta County Schools said. Extracurricular activities were shut down Thursday afternoon.
On Monday, Augusta County issued a letter reassuring parents that schools in the county were safe. It did not refer to the homework assignment but did say that parents had become worried about security.
“All doors are locked with the exception of one front door. … Faculty and staff monitor all activities inside and out of the buildings.” Standard security procedures, the letter explained.
But as the week went on, officials got more specific about the source of concern — calls and email messages — and their target — the world geography class.
“The school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area,” the school system said. And the “tone and content” were nasty.
I can imagine a little nasty tone and content. After all, our nation is still mourning the death of 14 souls who were killed in the name of Allah. Christianity is under assault. Heck, even Charlie Brown is being censored. ISIS has proclaimed over and over again that Islam will rule the world. The Muslim Brotherhood in its Explanatory Memorandum described how it will bring about civilizational jihad.
Yeah, I can totally understand parents being a bit peeved. What the heck is happening in this nation and more importantly, when are we going to stop it?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]