Students in a Georgia middle school were being taught what many parents termed "the religion of Islam" in a social studies class that focused abnormally on teaching basic tenets of the Middle Eastern faith, including the Muslim prayer used for conversion to Islam.

The Walton County School District has received complaints from many parents and over 2,300 parents and community members have voiced their disagreement on Facebook and in school board meetings. Perhaps the biggest reason for many parents' complaints is the disconnect they feel between the lack of any teaching on the history of Christianity and the Walton County school's in-depth focus on the history of Islam.

The website WND received a copy of one middle school student's quiz, and the answers, though mostly innocuous, do present a disparity in the classroom between Islam and Christianity.

The fill-in-the-blank quiz had simple questions like "Followers of Islam are called ____ (Muslims) who believe in ___ (one) God, called ___ (Allah)." But others seemed to have a subtext behind the questions that many parents disagreed with.

"Allah is the ______ worshipped by Jews and Christians," read one question. The answer to that question--"Same God"--has many parents worried that the schools are focusing more on Islam due to outside pressures than scholarly reasons.

One parent highlighted the discrepancy between lessons about religions saying, "My daughter had to learn the (shahada), and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert [to Islam]." That parent said that her daughter never studied anything about the history of the Ten Commandments or Christianity.

While Islam is having a drastic effect on the world's economy and on every nation's international policy, it's clear that this school district is taking the study of its effect too far.

Rather than focus on what prayers must be learned to convert to Islam, perhaps more time could be spent studying the ways that all religions, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and others, interact with each other. That, at least, would be a realistic lesson that would prepare these students for the real world.

h/t: WND



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