Friday, December 18, 2015

Good Parents Taking A Stand In Virginia

In Augusta County Virginia, a public high school teacher, kowtowing to Islam, attempted to foist indoctrination on her students.  The school in question is Riverheads High School in Staunton.  It's a world geography class and the teacher got the less-than-bright idea to have the students copy some Arabic calligraphy.  What was the phrase they were to copy?  In Arabic it's called the shahada, the Muslim declaration of "faith" (actually idolatry): "there is no god but allah and Mohammed is the messenger of allah".  (Please note that I refuse to capitalize the first letter of allah).  Girls were also being encouraged to don hijabs.

Some of the students reported it to their parents and quite a few of them were understandably outraged that their children were being compelled to pay homage to islam in direct opposition to their own Christian faith.  The school was flooded with calls and emails from many of these parents, some demanding that the teacher be fired. The school sat up and took notice.  The shahada assignment was rescinded and the teacher was removed from that class.  School officials still were wary of reactions so they took the measure today of closing all their schools for the day.  Additionally, all activities over the weekend are cancelled.

To those readers who poo-poo the parents' concerns, can you imagine the uproar that would have ensued had the students been ordered to copy phrases such as:
  • Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior
  • In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
I for one commend those parents.  It goes to show us all that when we raise our voices and aren't afraid to do so loudly, we often will get results.  Let's not be afraid to use our First Amendment rights - no matter who gets their noses knocked out of joint.

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