• WHAT-WHAT? These 7th Graders Instructed To Write ‘ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD’

    Middle school students in Tennessee were instructed to recite and write, “Allah is the only god,” as part of a world history project.

    Students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.”

    A mother of a seventh-grade girl, Brandee Porterfield, said she has no objections to her daughter learning details of the Islamic religion, but complained to officials at Spring Hill Middle School about the overemphasis on Islam to the exclusion of Christianity and Judaism.

    “It really did bother me that they skipped the whole chapter on the rise of Christianity and they spent three weeks just studying Islam,” she said.

    She said the class skipped Christianity because it’s not required by the state’s standards. Those standards, TN Core, are very similar to the national Common Core standards, though in May Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill eliminating Common Core.

    Eighty-five percent of the residents in Tennessee, identify as Christian, according to a 2008 survey conducted by the Pew Center. Only one percent of state residents identify as Muslim.

    Maury County Director of Schools, Chris Marczak, defended the curriculum in a statement, saying that the school system is in no way endorsing Islam over other religions or trying to “indoctrinate” students.

    A meeting between parents and school teachers and administrators has been scheduled for Sept. 17 to allow Porterfield and other concerned Springhill parents to voice their concerns about the state’s history curriculum.

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