Islamic Calligraphy Lesson Has Students Write ‘There Is No god But Allah’ in Arabic

 

Calligraphy-compressedGREENVILLE, Va. — A parent of a 9th grader in Virginia is expressing concern after her son was asked to practice Islamic calligraphy as part of his world geography class, writing, “There is no god but Allah.”

Mother Kimberly Herndon said that she was disturbed when her son, who attends Riverheads High School in Greenville, came home with the assignment last week.

“This creed is connected to jihad in that it is the chant that is shouted while beheading those of the Christian faith, or people of the cross as being called by ISIS,” she wrote on Facebook.

The lesson stated, “Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, try copying it by hand. This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”

According to reports, female students were also invited to try on a scarf in learning about Islamic dress.

Herndon, who identifies as Christian, pulled her son out of school over the matter.

“I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian,” she told WHSV-TV. “And I am going to stand for Christ.”

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Augusta County School Superintendent Dr. Eric Bond said that the lesson was within the curriculum, and was acceptable because it was a part of learning about Middle East culture and its religions.

“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” Bond said in a statement. “Each of the lessons attempts objectively to present world religions in a way that is interesting and interactive for students.”

“The statement presented as an example of the calligraphy was not translated for students, nor were students asked to translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief,” he outlined. “They were simply asked to attempt to artistically render written Arabic in order to understand its artistic complexity.”

Bond noted that “students will engage in similar calligraphy and drawing assignments when they study China, its unique written language and the yin and yang (a traditional symbol in Taoism and Confucianism).”

Other parents expressed their concern on Tuesday at Good News Ministries in Taunton, where Herndon also spoke.


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  • Josey

    Herndon, who identifies as Christian, pulled her son out of school over the matter. “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian,” she told WHSV-TV. “And I am going to stand for Christ.” God bless her and He will for her stance for Christ, for Him. Every Christian should follow her example and pull their children out also!

    Augusta County School Superintendent Dr. Eric Bond said that the lesson was within the curriculum, and was acceptable because it was a part of learning about Middle East culture and its religions. “Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” Bond said in a statement. “Each of the lessons attempts objectively to present world religions in a way that is interesting and interactive for students.”

    B.S.! This is not the way to teach geography by forcing the kids to enact by wearing the head scarves or by writing these things, tell the truth. This is a curriculum come straight from Obama’s administration being he is a muslim. This is teaching the kids a creed as to what jihadists proclaim before executing Christians or anyone that refuses to convert to Islam, how is that teaching them geography? And as far as teaching them other writings from other Countries, I don’t agree with that as having anything to do with geography, this is not a language class, it is geography and it’s not an art class either. Sounds more like indoctrination to me. Geography should be teaching things such as map reading. latitude and longitude, sea level, regional differences, topography, weather, culture of different climates, major cities, agricultural differences, mileage , etc…

    • afchief

      Well said!

      Where are all the liberal/atheists/homosexuals screaming their favorite phrase, I mean lie; “separation of church and state”?

      • Josey

        oh, they always conveniently stay away from these topics since it doesn’t involve some teacher with a prayer box in the back of the room or a coach who blesses his players before or after a game…hypocrites

        • Violet Vanderhelm

          CHRIST WILL RETURN AND JUDGE. GOD’S RIGHTEOUS WILL BE REDEEMED.

          • NGN

            nopers

        • Ambulance Chaser

          I’m right here.

          Your apology is accepted.

      • Violet Vanderhelm

        Separation of Christianity and state. ISLAM and state can be one OBAMINATION

        • afchief

          You got that right!

      • Ambulance Chaser

        I don’t say that because there’s no such legal principle, except in a very informal sense.

        I do think this qualifies as an Establishment Clause violation, however. I think people calling for firing everyone at the school is a ludicrous overreaction, and the protests and threats are infinitely more of an overreaction still.

        But you probably disagree with all of that and totally support the teacher, since nothing here involved an act of Congress, and you don’t believe that the 14th Amendment and 200 years of case law exist.

        • afchief

          I know for a fact that you are no lawyer. You are a liar!!!!

    • Violet Vanderhelm

      What is going on US. Parents should arise and complain.

  • thelordlives2011

    This supertindent and this teacher needs to be fired. If you want to teach about Islam you teach the students how they want to kill the infidels and Jews and nonbelievers. how they have sex slaves, how the have pedophiles who rape children and have sex with them. Let’s tell the truth. The teacher should have the students write the Psalm 23 in cursive. Then they would learn something.

  • Becky

    “The statement presented as an example of the calligraphy was not translated for students, nor were students asked to translate it, recite it or otherwise adopt or pronounce it as a personal belief,” he outlined. “They were simply asked to attempt to artistically render written Arabic in order to understand its artistic complexity.”

    A rather insidious method of teaching.

  • Peridot Path

    They need to investigate exactly who and when this indoctrination into Islam was
    approved. Then there needs to be some significant removals done of those people and
    of the “make you local Mosque proud of you” assignments. No more of this !

  • 4Sqr7

    It was an Arabic lesson, you fucking idiot sacks of dog shit.

    • Nidalap

      Don’t hold back now! Tell us how you REALLY feel about it! 🙂

  • Nidalap

    Now, now folks! Don’t worry nary a bit! Surely, any moment now, the heroic FFRF will ride in to throw down the old ‘Church and State’ penalty flag. A-a-a-any minute now…