Virginia School District closed today…..because of Allah

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…..

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5 thoughts on “Virginia School District closed today…..because of Allah

  1. “for those who advocate for ‘prayer in schools’ [which already exists, though not in the manner they would intend]….what what you wish for…..”

    Yep, yep! I agree. In the past I have voiced my opinion in church that we really don’t want prayer in public (government) schools. After all, who will lead the prayers and how will my children learn to pray? When we lived in Houston (30 yrs ago) the Vietnamese were coming into the schools by the boatload, and I shivered to think of who or what they worshiped. Then, we have our home grown “religions” like the Mormons, Christian Scientists, and lots of other sects that have nothing to do with Christianity, or Jesus Christ.

    The prospects of public school prayers is scary.

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  2. Actually it was a calligraphy lesson.
    Her choice of phrase was unfortunate. There are certainly any number of examples of classic Arabic poetry in standard thuluth script available.

    I would congratulate the teacher for introducing her students to calligraphy and ask her to find another verse and compare thuluth and kufic scripts.

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