It happened again. Â A parent saw a child’s assignment regarding Islam and the parent objected to what is being taught in a public school – the faith tenets of Islam. Â This time in California and this time with more details as to what parents objected to in a school assignment. Â From Breitbart:
The father continued, â€œWhat I saw written in these bubbles was, â€˜The one true God, Allahâ€™ in one of the bubbles. In one of the other bubbles was â€˜All people must submit to Allah,â€™ in another bubble. The I turned the page over and I see the five pillars of Islam.â€
As in other cases where this sort of assignment has surfaced and parents object, the parents insist that learning the basic history of religion – all of the major religions – is not at issue, it is teaching the actual faith particularly in declarative statements that is not acceptable – and that the standard is not uniform across the different religions.
Father: â€œCan you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?â€
Mother: â€œAnd if it ended with the Declaration of the Faith, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior? Thatâ€™s what the equivalent, I mean, part of us, for our son? Weâ€™d be happy about that.”
Father: â€œBut some parents may not be.â€
They wouldn’t be happy about rote Catechism, either, as we Catholics used to recite in those same sorts of declarative statements during the Baltimore Catechism days that the father in this case claims to have seen on his child’s assignment. Â In parochial school, it’s fine, but public school has no business teaching the tenets of any faith in the absolute mantras true believers recite.
As in other cases across the country, the administration of the middle school in Manhattan Beach, California refused to alter the assignment, and the parents pulled their son from class. Â Would that more parents speak up about their objections and maybe this will come to an end.