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Culture, Science & Faith

Islam in Tennessee Schools — Don’t Miss the Big Picture

What are our children learning?

Robin Smith · Oct. 19, 2015

Folks in Tennessee don’t just get vocal and energetic over football. The Volunteer State is now in the midst of a statewide review of its public school curricula after students of Maury County’s Spring Hill Middle School were taught the Five Pillars of Islam during a world religion study — with no balanced teaching about other faiths.

Fiery responses from parents focused on the mandatory assignment to write and memorize the declaration of faith of Islam. In requiring that sixth-, seventh- or eighth-graders write the First Pillar of Islam, or the shahada — “There is no other god other than Allah” and “Mohammed is his prophet” — teaching stretched well beyond the information generically provided in a history class.

Maury County Public Schools’ middle school supervisor, Jan Hanvey, reported that Judaism and Christianity were topics of study at the end of the school calendar with the unit entitled, “Age of Exploration.”

Maury County Director of Schools Chris Marczak observed, “It is our job as a public school system to educate our students in order to compete in a global society, not to endorse one religion over another or indoctrinate.”

Let’s see. Students ranging from 11 to 15 years of age are instructed that they are “studying the history of world religions” with only one of the monotheistic faiths — Islam — discussed, even to the point of memorizing its profession of faith. The other two “world religions,” one of which in particular happened to have been observed and exercised by the explorers and Founders of America, are taught separately rather than in a side-by-side analysis.

If, indeed, a curriculum has as its stated goal to educate about the various world religions, the teaching structure would present data in a format demonstrating similarities, offering contrasts and broad application of those religions studied.

No one can say with any intellectual honesty that Islam was being taught in Maury County through a balanced curricula.

Has anyone heard from the Freedom From Religion Foundation on this situation in Spring Hill? Is there a budget-busting lawsuit in the wings against the county or state for teaching about Islam? Has the ACLU screeched its protests as vulnerable minds are reciting the profession/conversion statement to become Muslim?

No, and we won’t. It’s simple.

Tolerance, as defined and enforced by the “progressive” Left, including educrats driven by their labor unions, is only elastic enough to stretch to cover anything that is anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-traditional family, anti-personal responsibility and accountability, anti-American exceptionalism — and the list continues.

The current occupant of the White House enjoys using his most effective and, candidly, his only successful tool — marginalizing the fears of most Americans through public ridicule. By evoking terms that imply bigotry, racism and nativism when faced with any argument, Barack Obama and the Left avoid the necessities of facts and objective evidence.

Recall Obama’s absolutely shameless and disgusting display of his pathological narcissism and default to Saul Alinsky tactics at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. Just days after the Islamic State burned alive the captured Jordanian pilot in its effort to establish a caliphate, Obama lectured Bible-believing Christians about the Crusades.

“Lest we get on our high horse and think this [barbarity] is unique to some other place,” bellowed the bloviator in chief, “remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

The previously insidious force of leftist indoctrination is thriving in every aspect of our civic life and culture and is now blatant, militant and malignant. Obama’s recent interview declaring those of a devout faith to be “suspicious of those not like them” is emblematic of his disdain for the average American, who is being told to comply with group-think or be silent.

And to those timid on the Right who refuse to address and defend against such tyranny, please ponder the quote of Winston Churchill: “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities … because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

Our culture and America’s unique existence hangs in the balance in a battle of resolves. Will the Left be victorious in its ferocity, volume and intimidation? Or will America finally awaken to the internal threat that expands at the price of authentic Liberty and national greatness?

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