Schools in the entire county of Augusta, Virginia, are closed today over a homework assignment. Students were asked to copy the Islamic statement of faith, the shahada, written in Arabic. It translated to: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.”
This is outrageous! The parents did the right thing in strongly voicing their concerns, and I agree with them! Even if the assignment came from a textbook, the motives need to be questioned. There are lots of ways to “practice calligraphy” without declaring “there is no god but Allah.” It’s obvious the publishers of this curriculum are subtly trying to indoctrinate our youth to Islam—and school boards need to be more careful about which publishers they use and which books they buy.
This teacher was entrusted with the safeguarding of these children and should have had enough common sense to put the brakes on this assignment.
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