On the first day of school at Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, a photo of a bulletin board display featuring the Five Pillars of Islam went viral after it was posted on Facebook. “This is a school that banned all forms of Christian prayer,” said the caption under the photo. “This can not stand.”
Washington Post The Islam display went viral migrating from the “Prepare to Take America Back” page on Facebook to likeminded pages and Web sites. Islamophobia is a cottage industry on the Internet.
School officials were immediately inundated with complaints from
gullible and misinformed intelligent and educated people who apparently believe the canard (canard? Check links at bottom and graphics posted here) that public schools indoctrinate kids in Islam – and persecute Christians.
I wish I could report that Minneha administrators faced down the Facebook
smears facts and courageously defended their bulletin board display. But sadly, the school surrendered to ignorance and fear and removed (but only temporarily) the Five Pillars of Islam display – ostensibly to “alleviate the distraction.”
After caving in, the school issued a statement explaining that the missing display actually had an educational purpose: “Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam are all taught in a historical context of their study of the world to understand the place of religion and religious ideas in history.” (No. they aren’t. See below)
Imagine, for a moment, that instead of singling out Islam, someone had posted a photo of the Last Supper display and attacked the school for promoting Christianity. (The Last Supper features no ‘offensive to Leftists’ symbols of Christianity like a crucifix. It is a dinner table of men, period. They wouldn’t dare put up a Nativity display) I guarantee that the same “take back America” crowd would have been first in line to defend the right of the school to put up the Christian image.
Minneha administrators and teachers should have stood their ground. (In other words, kiss the asses of Muslims like the Washington comPost does) The school’s (dangerous far left) curriculum, Core Knowledge, is an outstanding and rigorous program of study based on the work of scholar E.D. Hirsch. (Core Knowledge’ public schools are known for low-epectation mediocrity, socialist ideology, multiculturalist promotion of the equality of all cultures and religions, anti-American exceptionalism, redistribution of wealth, climate change hysteria, with a heavy emphasis on ‘racist’ policies of white Christians throughout history)
Among other things, students are introduced to the world’s religions at a young age, learning about basic beliefs, practices, symbols and holidays. Bulletin boards can and should feature temporary displays about what students are studying in the classroom about religions.
Such teaching about religions is not only constitutional; it is essential for giving students the understanding of the role of religion in history and society necessary for a good education and citizenship in a diverse society (But there is no diversity in Islam as no other religion is considered legitimate and unbelievers are required to be converted or killed).
Moreover, teaching about religions in public schools as distinguished from religious indoctrination, which is unconstitutional, (It is impossible to teach about Islam without indoctrinations. Looks at the clips/photos I’ve posted here about what Islamic programs consist of in American schools) contributes to understanding across differences and counters the ignorance at the root of the controversy in Wichita.
Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School is doing exactly what public schools are supposed to be doing in teaching about Islam, Christianity and other faiths in ways that are constitutionally and academically sound.
Moreover, public schools – including Minneha – have not “banned all forms of Christian prayer.” Under current law, students are free to pray alone or in groups during the school day, as long as their prayers don’t disrupt the school or interfere with the rights of others. (But when Muslims students ask for separate prayer space and special washing facilities and/or time off to go the mosque every Friday, they get it)
Removing the Five Pillars display, of course, doesn’t mean that the school will cease teaching about religions in the classroom, at least I hope not. The school has indicated that the display might go back up later in the fall when the unit on Islam is being taught. That remains to be seen.
But for now, the suddenly empty space on the bulletin board sends a chilling message to students, parents, and teachers at Minneha and other public schools: Study about religions in a public school – no matter how fair and objective – can get you into trouble. (Exactly what you media goons want when its about Christianity)
When (media) ignorance trumps knowledge, we are all in trouble.