A CNN report by Ben Brumfield pretty well brushed off concerned parents’ reactions to an Islamic homework assignment at Riverheads High School in Staunton, Virginia. The kids were given a “standardized” exercise in which they are required to practice writing the Shahada in Arabic. For the uninitiated, the Shahada is the requisite sentence which one recites with utmost sincerity in order to convert to Islam, as follows:
There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
And presto, you’re a Muslim. By the way, the first six words of that rather significant sentence are actually inscribed on President Barack Obama’s wedding ring. But I digress.
The angry reaction throughout the community was of sufficient breadth and depth that Augusta County officials closed down the schools. As expected, CNN’s report features the reaction from one parent in particular who is angry from a deeply religious standpoint – portraying both by inference and literary presentation that the uprising in toto is the result of hardcore and extreme Christian zealotry – or bigotry. Did you expect anything different from CNN?
My alarm over the situation is from the standpoint of an American citizen who has studied the political history and practices of Islam for years, and is cognizant of Islam’s ongoing attempts from many different directions to supplant our Constitutional form of governance with Shariah (Muslim Law).
Here’s a part of CNN’s report:
(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 county school as a safety precaution.
Now, really. Come on. A safety precaution? Were the officials concerned about violence from some of the angry parents who justifiably raised their voices in protest of the assignment – to practice writing the Muslim profession of faith spoken during conversion to Islam? I think the decision to close the schools (like CNN’s report) was very possibly carefully designed to place the concerned parents in the worst possible public light, to portray them as irrational reactionary Christian religious fanatics, and to subtly infer that perhaps a violent backlash against the Muslim community is imminent. But, then, I was not present for the deliberations during which that decision to close the schools was made. I’m just drawing upon my long experiences in law enforcement in deducing people’s motives.
“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.
I wonder if this school cancellation had anything to do with Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ decision to close down the L.A. County Schools over an emailed threat, which turned out to be a ham-handed hoax. It’s just a question.
And social media exploded over the school lesson — a simple drawing assignment — into a caustic discussion about religion and education.
Now, there’s a bit of editorializing by one of CNN’s finest. A simple drawing assignment from a standardized lesson plan exploded into a caustic discussion. Does Brumfield mean that just the very act of questioning the value or appropriateness of the assignment was caustic? Or did the parents make some sorts of threats toward other persons, or perhaps call them ugly names? We don’t know. Mr. Brumfield doesn’t tell us that. But we’re supposed to believe him when he tells us that the discussion of the issue was caustic. Perhaps it was . Perhaps it was not. We have too little information to decide that. But let’s go on.
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.
“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.”
Got it. So, whose bright idea was it to have the students practice writing the Shahada? Why was that particular statement chosen, out of the millions of statements written by Muslim authors or poets? Why the Shahada? Just wondering. It’s just a question.
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.
Perhaps. Perhaps not. Given the recent mass murders at the hands of Muslim jihadis (who were yelling Allahu Akbar as they killed and maimed their victims), I can certainly understand the parents wanting some reasonable questions answered, Questions like:
Are you trying to convert students to Islam?
Why are you having them practice writing the Muslim statement of faith in Arabic?
What are you thinking, after all the recent carnage at the hands of Muslims?
Why are you doing this?
Is this what I’m paying my hard-earned money for in taxes?
Questions like that.
Calls and emails flooded the school. Some of them demanded the teacher be fired for assigning it.
Sigh. They’re not going to fire the teacher. She is following a standardized lesson plan – which is all the more alarming to me. Who designed this lesson plan? Who among the curricula-designer engineers in the school district offices approved this standardized material for general high school consumption? Or is it for general consumption? Perhaps that’s who should be fired? Maybe. Maybe not.
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.
Aha. Now, what we don’t know here is whether or not this Islamic curriculum material which ignited the firestorm in Augusta County, Virginia is a part of the International Baccalaureate (Schools of the World) Program, known as IB for short – a world-wide standardized curriculum which is overseen and directed by a board of governors – click here to read all about that board. It’s all the rage among public high schools in Colorado to become an IB School of the World. Acceptance into the IB program is marketed as a prestigious achievement for high school students here in cowboy country.
IB looks to me on first glance like a one-world schools system – collectivized education, if you prefer it. The IB has non-governmental consultative status with UNESCO. That is The United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization. The OIC, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has 57 member states, of which 56 are members of the United Nations.
Now. If we knew the answer to the IB question, some of this Islam business in the public high school might make sense. Or at least we could figure out how in Hell it got into America’s high school curricula. My nose tells me we can look to the International Baccalaureate and the OIC for the answer to that question.
Read the entire CNN report and watch the video, which includes a representative from CAIR to posture Islam as the victim of irrational nation-wide hysteria.
Back to the Virginia story: There were lots of “nasty content” email and phone calls to the school offices. The school district removed the Shahada exercise from the curriculum. That wasn’t enough for some of the moms and dads. The sheriff posted armed deputies around the various schools. Whom the cops were to look out for is unclear. Were they to watch out for angry parents who pulled their kids out of school (like I would have done and my mother would have done) – or were they posted to look out for Muslim terrorists – jihadis? We don’t know.
What we do know is that CNN’s Ben Brumfield makes a strong inference that the parents who object to the Muslim doctrine injection into their high school kids’ brains are way off base.
I’m with the objecting parents on this one.
Thanks to Douglas Ernst at WND.com for the link to the CNN report.