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najimuddin
12-18-2015, 01:57 PM
This isn’t a joke. It would probably be a pretty good guess to think that school districts around the US will be frantically scouring their curriculum after this.

All schools shut down in Augusta County, Virginia, over Islam homework

Report published on December 18, 2015 @ http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/18/us/vir...ork/index.html

(CNN) After a teacher at a Virginia school handed out a standard homework assignment on Islam, 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.

And social media exploded over the school lesson -- a simple drawing assignment -- into a caustic discussion about religion and education.

Draw this

When the world geography class at Riverheads High School in Staunton rolled around to the subject of major world religions, homework on Islam asked students to copy religious calligraphy.

It read:

"Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, try copying it by hand. This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy."

The illustrative classical Arabic phrase was the basic statement in Islam. It translated to: "There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah."

Angry calls

When students took it home, it was like a spark hitting a powder keg. Some of their parents saw the homework as an attempt to convert their children to Islam.

Calls and emails flooded the school. Some of them demanded the teacher be fired for assigning it.

Cheryl LaPorte had not designed the assignment herself, but took it from a standard workbook on world religions, local newspaper The News Leader reported.

LaPorte told The News Leader that now her job is to get her students through Standards of Learning tests.

No more shahada


The county school system reacted.

It removed the shahada from world religion instruction. "A different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future," it said.

And it issued a statement saying no one was trying to convert anyone to any religion.

"Neither of these lessons, nor any other lessons in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief," Augusta County Schools official Eric Bond said in a statement to CNN affiliate WHSV.

Not enough


But that hasn't been enough for Kimberly Herndon, who kept her ninth-grade son home from school.

"There was no trying about it. The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin," she told WHSV.

"I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian," she said.

By Tuesday, like-minded parents and residents of the town of nearly 24,000 gathered in the sanctuary of Good Will Ministries to voice their grievances, including against the teacher.

At the same time, former students have taken to Facebook to defend her.

"I'm against anyone getting steamrolled by convoluted logic and I'm very pleased to see that there is so many people around me that feel the same way," a supporter wrote.

Security scramble


Back at the school, the sheriff and administrators had begun worrying about security.

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.

The sheriff deployed more officers to county schools and began monitoring communications. Then all the schools in the county shut down.

Facebook arguments

The homework assignment in Staunton had ballooned into a national argument that was trending on Facebook.

Both sides dished out hard -- those who see the assignment as an affront to their religious beliefs and those who see it as a mind-broadening education assignment.

"This is so WRONG! There is only ONE GOD and HIS NAME is JESUS!" one user posted.

"You THINK ignorance is a GOOD thing!! Heaven forbid we should learn about other cultures when .03% of them are terrorists -- while more than 99% are good, honest, moral people," posted another.

As passions overflow, for fear of their potential effects, Augusta County Schools will remain shuttered over the weekend for all activities.

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sister herb
12-18-2015, 02:05 PM
Unfortunately some people really believe that the ignorance is a GOOD thing. It´s then easier to spread lies to public when they don´t know anything else.
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Muslim Woman
12-18-2015, 02:05 PM
:sl:


don't know if this is funny . Anyway thanks for sharing.
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BeTheChange
12-18-2015, 06:44 PM
Asalamualykum,

Indoctrinating children to Islam?? What? Over a piece of homework which is asking you to copy the calligraphy?

& the subject of study is World Religions.

So should the teacher solely concentrate on teaching Christianity and exclude all other religions?
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M.I.A.
12-18-2015, 10:23 PM
I think America can't read between the lines...


But it loves writing there.


And the point flew soooo far over peoples heads, they thought it a bird or a plane.


Muh freedomz of speach...

Or am I being obvious?
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czgibson
12-19-2015, 04:59 AM
Greetings,

The objections are silly - it's a perfectly good exercise for a class to be given.

It demonstrates how scared these American people are about Islam, though. If ISIS members read this story I'm sure they'd be thrilled.

Peace
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TMGuide
12-19-2015, 07:03 AM
As a Muslim who grew up in Europe this is kinda makes me question Muslim parents who had their childeren been given a homework with Jesus is God would they react in a similar way? Hmm, I guess not because Many participate in Christmas plays, I use to go to church on Wednesdays back in Holland for music classes (it was a public school and it was obligatory for us to attend, after a while my parents took me out of the school quietly without making a fuss). My point ONLY in America smh
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czgibson
12-19-2015, 01:31 PM
Greetings,

Originally Posted by TMGuide
As a Muslim who grew up in Europe this is kinda makes me question Muslim parents who had their childeren been given a homework with Jesus is God would they react in a similar way? Hmm, I guess not because Many participate in Christmas plays
Actually it wouldn't surprise me to find Muslim parents reacting negatively in this situation. It's very common in my experience for Muslim parents to request that their child does not attend religious education lessons that are concerned with any other religion than Islam. We don't regularly see this voluntary exclusion with any other religious group.

Peace
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sister herb
12-19-2015, 01:46 PM
Maybe it wasn´t so good idea to take homework as this Islamic verse. It sounds a little provocative choice. Teacher could easily find some calligraphy phrase from the Bible by Arabic language and use it. But then too some parents might became mad - as they might never hear that there actually is the Bible written by Arabic (the language of terrorists!).

:phew
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Search
12-19-2015, 02:20 PM
:bism:

Lol, that's just plain silly: I'd want my future children God-willing to be well-educated about other people's cultures and religions.

Btw, do you live in U.K.? Because that might explain to me a bit of what I consider oddball behavior.

Originally Posted by czgibson
Greetings,

Actually it wouldn't surprise me to find Muslim parents reacting negatively in this situation. It's very common in my experience for Muslim parents to request that their child does not attend religious education lessons that are concerned with any other religion than Islam. We don't regularly see this voluntary exclusion with any other religious group.

Peace
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M.I.A.
12-19-2015, 02:20 PM
...I dont get any of this, RE for us was learning about all religions?

I guess the difference is that the world is at war.

We have seen first hand how indoctrination works.

Seriously to see kids so opinionated on the subject is crazy...

I remember making chocolate samosas.. Apparently a Jewish thing.

And praying in front of classmates.. Apparently an Islamic thing.

As well as sitting through assembly and choir.

Ya don't know what ya got till its gone.

Seriously the CIA should write books on the subject, not how they do it but how it happens.
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