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A Virginia county closed all of its schools Friday because of intense backlash over a class assignment about Islam, with some parents alleging that their children were being subjected to Muslim indoctrination and educators emphasizing the importance of exposing U.S. students to the world’s fastest-growing religion.

A high school geography teacher in rural Augusta County asked students to try their hand at writing the shahada, an Islamic declaration of faith, in Arabic calligraphy. The task, community reaction to it, and a sudden influx of outrage from around the country — including angry emails, phone calls and threats to put the teacher’s head on a stake — led the school district to close rather than risk disruption or violence.

The county, in the Shenandoah valley west of Charlottesville, Va., is the latest to wrestle with how Islam should be portrayed in the classroom and how students should learn about it. It’s a subject that has become increasingly fraught as concerns about Islamophobia have grown alongside fears of extremist violence and terrorism.

Read the full story here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2015/12/17/furor-over-arabic-assignment-leads-virginia-school-district-to-close-friday/?tid=sm_tw

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One thought on “Furor over Arabic assignment leads Virginia school district to close Friday

  1. Consider the Black female Christian professor at Wheaton College who was put on leave for donning a Muslim head scarf and saying she and Islam worship the same God. Being a black Christian professor, she really, really ought to know the difference between Christianity and Islam. Islam enslaves women and children, encourages regular wife beating, (look it up in the Quran, I’m not making this up) even children born to a Islamic father have no choice but to follow Islam or the parents are shamed into “honor killing” their own children. Great Britain has seen a very large number of “honor killing” ,which is Islamic sanctioned murder. This is tyranny. Islam enslaves. In contrast, Christ spoke of freedom, “If the Son sets you free you shall be free indeed.” It is from the Biblical concept in Genesis that mankind was created “in God’s image” that we get “that all men are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to freedom” being the first mentioned. No other religions would give us these freedoms. Islam does not grant you autonomy. Even Hinduism is a cast system. The abolitionists in America and Great Britain were all influenced by Christians. William Wilberforce in Britain.

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