A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that has caused an uproar among parents at a Virginia high school because it required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith – the Shahada (Islamic creed): “There is no god but Allah.” It is also the same creed found on the black flag of jihad used by al-Qaeda.
FOX News 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 school district convened a meeting on Dec. 11th to discuss the assignment with outraged parents.
Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson 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,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News.
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.
But the school district doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.“The statement presented as an example of the calligraphy was not translated for students, nor were students asked to translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief,” the district stated.
They said it 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?
Kimberly Herndon said she felt her rights as a parent had been violated when her ninth-grade son came home with this homework assignment. One student said she didn’t feel comfortable completing the assignment, even if it just was for calligraphy.
The district said the assignment was consistent with the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning and the requirements for content instruction on world monotheistic religions. And what about having the female students dressing up in Islamic garb — is that consistent with the state mandates, too?
The district said the students were taught about the “modest dress adopted by many in the Islamic faith and were invited to try on a scarf as a part of an interactive lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.” “The scarf used in the activity was not an actual Islamic religious hijab,” the district stated.
The district said they also cover other religions — including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. However, one parent told The Schilling Show that while the Koran was presented to students, the Bible was not. The teacher reportedly declined to provide a Bible because all the students have either read or seen a Bible.
On Tuesday night, dozens of people met at Good News Ministries to voice their own opinion. Herndon has not sent her child back to school since the incident happened last week. “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian, and I’m going to stand behind Christ,” Herndon said.
Perhaps the next time the kids at Riverheads High School practice their calligraphy skills they can learn a new word — “indoctrination.”