Should schools teach about Islam, and if so, how should they teach it? There’s a general consensus among educators that when dealing with controversial subjects, schools should maintain a distinction between teaching and preaching – between an objective presentation and advocacy.
A retired Florida teacher contacted Clarion Project after we published the article “Why Is This Being Taught in Public Schools?” That piece told the story of a West Virginia parent who was upset after his daughter was asked to write the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, as part of “calligraphy practice” in her world religion class.
What follows is the response from the former teacher – one of several we received this week.
Pastor Rich Penkoski says his daughter, a seventh-grader at Mountain Ridge Middle School, came home with an assignment that instructed her to write the Islamic conversion prayer, called the Shahada, in Arabic, which the teacher passed off as a “calligraphy” assignment.
Many Christians, including Penkoski, believe the Shahada — “There is no god by Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” — is blasphemous. They don’t believe Allah is the “same god” worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.
LeoHohmann.com has learned that the same teacher, Katherine Hinson, who handed out the Shahada assignment as a supplemental lesson plan, also suggested students may want to fast for a day to help them identify with Muslims during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which started last Tuesday, May 15.
We don’t cotton to this Islamic crap in West By God Virginia.
Julio Pino aka Assad Jibril Pino, had tenure at Kent State, and the university had No problem with him smearing America, shouting “Death to Israel”, calling Osama Bin Laden “the greatest”, nor even for his open support for terrorism. But now that the FBI has charged him for lying to them, as he told them that he didn’t know a Facebook friend of his by the name of “J.E.” who threatened to kill hundreds of people, the corrupt Kent State University has finally found a reason to part with him, if only to spare themselves trouble from the law. Here’s what Pino’s Facebook friend wrote about him.
A West Virginia school has come under fire for instructing junior high students to write the Islamic profession of faith ostensibly to practice calligraphy.
“Being able to say that we’re committed to these Muslim students, and to all students—students of all different faiths—is really outstanding,” said Mahoney. “It’s uniquely Ambrosian, and it just sort of shows our commitment to all different faiths.”
“Prejudiced” parents are pulling their children from Religious Education classes because they don’t want them learning about Islam, teachers have warned.
Mothers and fathers are abusing their right to withdraw children from the classes, and this is hampering schools’ attempts to “prepare a child for life in modern Britain”, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference heard.
A new study from the University of Graz has claimed that less than a quarter of Islamic teachers in the south of the country have the same level of teaching qualifications as their Austrian counterparts.
A veteran teacher with 25 years experience talks openly about the increasingly difficult job of getting through to students with migrant backgrounds who are preoccupied with their faith and culture.
The government will “fight extremist ideologies by reviewing school curricula and books to ensure they are free of the banned Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda”, Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Issa said in a statement Tuesday.
Sweden could be set to ban all religious schools, following a proposal from the leading party ahead of this year’s election. The Social Democratic party, which currently leads a minority government, has pledged to ban all religious free schools to tackle segregation in the country.
Sweden plans to ban groups who do not support gender equality from starting or running schools, the country’s education minister said on Sunday.
In a Friday sermon delivered in Columbia, South Carolina, Egyptian–
American cleric Muhammad Syed Adly warned his congregation against sending their children to non-Muslim schools. Imam Adly said that gay or lesbian teachers might pass it on to their students.
While women in oppressive Islamic regimes are tearing their hijabs off, feministsin the West seem to want to see non-Muslims wearing them.
A well-regarded primary school has been forced to drop a ban on small children fasting and wearing Islamic headscarves after accusations of “Islamophobia”.