Schools in Augusta County Virginia, are closed today over a homework assignment given at Riverheads High School….where teacher Cheryl LaPorte asked students to copy the shahada, a Muslim statement of faith that translates as “there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
What. The. Fuck.
Realizing that all the facts are not yet in……and that this assignment could be part of a larger survey of world religions…..this was a supremely idiotic move on the part of the teacher [of course, the comments by a parent at the link, is just as idiotic]. Most reports say that this was a calligraphy assignment. Bad move.
I have no problem with children learning about world religions, but this instance is as irresponsible as if the teacher in question would have had the students write or recite the Christian Lord’s Prayer.
On the other hand….for those who advocate for ‘prayer in schools’ [which already exists, though not in the manner they would intend]….what what you wish for…..