by Ruth Odia
Pamela Geller, author of the book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, has reported alarming recent accounts by parents whose children have been bringing home Social Studies homework that introduces them to Islam. Parents are frantic as they discover public schools all over America are indoctrinating students in Islam and Sharia. Geller’s book describes and warns of the islamization of the curriculum and the school room. The book was a primer on how to fight the encroaching Islamic supremacism and sharia that is seeking to convert children.
One mother reported that her daughter who is in grade 7 recently asked her to type out her vocabulary words for her Social Studies. The mother became instantly alarmed when the vocabulary included many Islamic terms such as Qur’an, Mosque, Alms, Caliph, Jihad, Sunnis and Shiites. She and her husband spent the next 3 hours reading through their daughter’s book and their lives were completely changed that day. One of the chapters was dedicated completely to Islam and the story of Muhammad, with multiple quotes from the Qur’an throughout the chapter.
The book even goes on to say that “…Muhammad revealed the purest version of God’s truth” and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God’s truth with the most complete version of that truth. Part of the world history and social studies teachings also include the 1,400 year history of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements, not to mention the extermination of the entire Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe of Arabia.
Despite the family’s protest to their daughter’s school, assignments continued to come in, including one in which the students were asked to use information in the textbook to illustrate each of the 5 pillars of Islam. The students had to mention the title of the pillar, draw a picture and use one to two sentences to describe the pillar in their own words, as well as write a word collage of all that is good with Islam.
At their meetings with the teacher and principal to discuss the curriculum, the parents were told these were in line with “state standards” and “Common Core.” The teacher defended the book, saying Christianity was discussed in the first two chapters. However, Jesus is mentioned once as a Jewish prophet in the first chapter and the second chapter briefly discusses the division within the Christian Church. The table of contents also reveals that Islam is the dominant religious focus throughout the book. Another Christian mother reported her 12 year old son was forced to write and say the Muslim declaration of faith and write it repeatedly.
Yet another shocked parent advised parents to be concerned and check their children’s assignments after his own son came for help with an assignment about the one god (Allah) and the Five Pillars of Islam. Most parents have no problem with their child learning about the various cultures around the world and the religions they practice, but for a school to emphasize and actually teach a single religion to children while discouraging the others is what most are up in arms against. Matthew 13:25 rightly says: “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
It has become apparent that the United States public school system curriculum has been hijacked by a Pro-Muslim Common Core platform with frightening ramifications. Children are being forced to say the shahada, and learn the five pillars of Islam. The shahada, which Muslims force Christians to say when they convert, is the Muslim declaration of faith. The Arabic writing on the black flag of jihad (also known as the al Qaeda flag or ISIS flag) is the shahada.
It is surprising that the textbook, which was reportedly introduced in 2007, has not elicited the expected amount of publicity that it deserves within Christian circles. Is it possible that now that ISIS, which stands for (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and its recent and ongoing highly publicized horrific persecution of Christian men, women and children is perhaps the reason that distraught children and parents are finally connecting the diabolical dots between the curriculum and the current news? It is not wrong for Christians to learn about other religions – informed Christians are better equipped to defend their faith, but also as they abide in Jesus Christ, they are able to bear fruit that will point others to the true God.
The removal of the tenets of the Christian faith from public schools: prayer, the Ten Commandments and Christian education created an “areligious vacuum” that is just waiting to be filled and that has left the children in the school system as sitting ducks. This is clearly a question of double standards.
As one parent put it: “We cannot discuss our Ten Commandments in school, but they can discuss Islam’s Five Pillars?” If children cannot learn about or practice Christianity in school, they should also not be allowed to practice or learn about Islam in school. The standards should be the same. The bigger issue, however, is the appropriateness of children being taught materials objectionable to their parents.
Regardless of whether you agree that religion should be taught in public school or not, there is no question that parents should have an input in what their children learn, especially when it comes to an issue as deeply personal and sensitive as faith in the living God.