Following parental outrage that their middle-school students were being forced to learn about the Islamic religion to the exclusion of other faiths, including Christianity and Judaism in public schools, and recite statements of the Islamic creed, one state is considering a law that prohibits instruction in any faith.

Parents in Tennessee were shocked to learn that seventh and eighth grade students were required to recite the “shahada,” literally “the testimony,” the Islamic creed that is considered to be the defining statement of what it means to be a Muslim.

The words of the shahada are displayed on the al Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram flags, declares Muhammad to be the messenger of God. “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

Now a bill has been introduced in the Tennessee State Legislature to require comparative religion be taught in high schools throughout the state without emphasis or focus on one religion over another. No religion or belief system is named or identified in the bill.

The proposed legislation was introduced by Rep. Sheila Butt who represents Columbia, less than an hour southwest of Nashville, and serves as the majority leader in the Tennessee House.

Butt is adamant that the bill does not prevent students from learning about religions, but does ensure that they will not be instructed in the doctrine of any religion.

Not surprisingly, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has accused Rep. Butt of being a “bigot” and an “Islamaphobe” promising to fight the legislation. The group’s Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw told a Tennessee newspaper, “The education of children in Tennessee should not be delayed because of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has gone on the record stating that it has received nearly 7,000 calls from Tennessee parents who are disturbed by classroom exercises that go beyond “learning about religions around the world to being indoctrinated into Islamic ideology.”

The group says the problem is also becoming a “national epidemic.”

“For the last several years, parents from across the country have contacted the ACLJ — from California to Maine — concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools. It seems that many schools may be going well beyond simply teaching about a religion. From disparate treatment of religions, to distortion of truth, the teaching of Islam seems entrenched with problems.”



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