Tennessee middle school children were required to write “Allah is the only God” as part of an assignment while the class was studying Islam.
Parents at a middle school in Spring Hill, Tennessee, which is just outside of Nashville, are furious that their children spent three weeks studying Islam, while the teacher has completely skipped over the section on Christianity.
As part of the lesson on Islam, the kids were required to write the Shahada profession of the Islamic faith: “Allah is the only God.”
From Truth Revolt:
Though the parents understand that a thorough study of history will undoubtedly cover religions from all over the world, they don’t understand why so much time is being spent on this one. Plus, the class is delving into learning the specifics of the Five Pillars of Islam and thus causing parents to wonder if that constitutes teaching religion in schools.
“From a religion point of view, if the schools are going to be teaching religion in history, they need to teach them all equally,” parent Brandee Porterfield told The Columbia Daily Herald. “For them to spend three weeks on Islam after having skipped Christianity, it seems to be that they are making a choice about which religion to discuss.”
Another parent, Joy Ellis, said that she was aware her child was studying Islam, but as far as having to write the Shahada, she stated: “To me, a Christian child should not be made to write that.”
“I honestly don’t want my child learning about Islam at all, but if they’ve got to learn about it, I would like for them to learn about the historical aspects of it and definitely nothing about the religion. I don’t want her writing ‘Allah is the only god,'” Ellis added.
But, according to school officials, the class is just following Tennessee state standards. Though the governor previously signed a bill against Common Core, the new TN Core standards are said to be very similar to the previous controversial curriculum.