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#274332 - 10/07/14 06:09 PM Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam
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Rebecca Klein
The Huffington Post
October 7, 2014

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A mother in Michigan took to Facebook last week to express her outrage over a 10th-grade school assignment that she felt promoted Islam.

In an initial post, Jennette Hall complained about a Jenison High School assignment that asked students to make a pamphlet about Islam. The post, which had been shared over 5,400 times as of Tuesday morning, said students were told the pamphlet would be used to "introduce Islam to 3rd graders." ...

"This assignment upset me because they are presenting Allah as the same God of the Christians and Jews. This paper, in my opinion, is promoting Islam by describing Allahs names as 'beautiful'. To me this is not simply factual like it should be," Hall wrote about the assignment ...

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#274333 - 10/07/14 06:34 PM Re: Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam [Re: Golem]
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I liked the artwork. I could never do good faces like that...
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#274335 - 10/07/14 10:31 PM Re: Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam [Re: logtroll]
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After months of frantically searching the internet for how I should react to this bombshell, I finally discovered a nugget over on LiberTEA Cave Dwellers;

"And if this self same school and same teacher made an assignment for a pamphlet on Christianity you would have the ACLU in the school before she passed out the last paper to the last student. That night there would be national news coverage of the school forcing religion on students and on the View the women would be going ape crap crazy over the lack of separation of church and state and in Washington the President would be on TV announcing Boots on the ground at Jenison High School and Holder would come out of retirement just to prosecute this raciest baiting teacher.

Think I'm wrong?"

I think that, though it was not a focus of the article, the same assignment was given relative to half a dozen religions, so yes, I think that the poster is wrong. (Note: being wrong over at the LCD site is irrelevant if you are screeching the party line...).

The lesson exercise does seem like a good way to crack open ideological mindsets into considering maybe? some factual information and perspectives about religious cultures?

Butt hay, don't take this to mean that I prefer teaching kids to think for themselves over rote-learning the prejudices of bigoted idiots. Hmm
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#274336 - 10/07/14 11:58 PM Re: Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam [Re: Golem]
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Did anybody notice the logic problem? She says the Christian (and Jewish) God is "the one God", and then talks about the Muslim God as "the one God". How can there be two different "one Gods"?

She's just a little confused: "Allah" is just Arabic for "God" and is almost exactly the word for God that Jesus would have used. (As a speaker of Aramaic.) And it's pretty funny that she thinks the Jews are okay: Sure Jesus was a Jew, but the Jews think Jesus was just a man. Nothing special.

At least the Muslims consider Jesus (Issa in Arabic) to have been a prophet like Abraham, Moses, etc. They probably consider Jesus to be more devine than lots of Unitarians! I know they do often include Jesus in their prayers, and always use the Peace Be Upon Him honorific when they mention His name.

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#274340 - 10/08/14 03:47 AM Re: Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam [Re: Golem]
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This mother simply followed the pattern of modern life: going off half-cocked without bothering to try to undestand. Her ignorance is astounding, if not uncommon. She is sorely in need of remedial education. I weep for her child.
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#274342 - 10/08/14 03:55 AM Re: Mother Upset Over School Assignment About Islam [Re: Golem]
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(Regarding the artwork: ironically, many Muslims believe that depiction of the human or divine form is haram - forbidden. Many Islamic scholars, however, point out that what is prohibited is not depictions of humanity, nor even divinity, but idolatry. What has developed at various times in Islamic history is the "better safe than sorry" approach is taken as a requirement.)
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