In 21st century America, some of our greatest foreign controversies stem from topics that surround the Islamic faith. Whether it is the expansion of the Muslim religion and the extremists that vow “death to America”, the Syrian refugee crisis, or the a war on terror that seems to never end, we have been fighting against the Middle East for more than a decade. Post 9/11, America’s sole purpose for engaging in the war against the Middle East was to keep our nation’s enemies off of American soil. So, what happens when Islamic indoctrination finds its way into our middle school curriculum? This week we found out.
Brandee Porterfield, mother of a 7th grader from Tennessee, said that her daughter brought home a world history project surrounding the five pillars of the Islamic religion. The most important and problematic of those pillars being the “Shahada”, which is an Arabic proclamation spoken during the indoctrination of a Muslim into their faith. In English, the Shahada reads: “There is no true deity but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” To go a step further, Porterfield says that her daughter was told to write “Allah is the only God.”
According to the Islamic regulations, reciting the Shahada three times in front of a group of witnesses is all that is required for indoctrination. Once the Shahada is recited, that individual is officially a Muslim. Does this sounds familiar to any of you?
As expected, parents and families all across Maury County were outraged. They brought their frustrations to the school board, where they received the startling news that according to the Tennessee Department of Education, history of the Islamic faith is a one day lesson within the state-mandated curriculum, not the 3 week long discussion that was present in Spring Hill’s 7th grade classroom. Despite the Middle School’s claim that they were just “following the state curriculum”, the state board of education said that this is simply not true. In fact, after setting the parameters of the school’s curriculum, each state typically leaves the implementation of the curriculum to the local school board.
In the short span of 72 hours, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has worked hard to bring these frustrations to the state’s attention, and as a result, the state has decided to hold a mandatory re-evaluation of Tennessee’s world history curriculum. This evaluation is happening two years ahead of schedule, which is a huge leap in the right direction towards getting this issue resolved.
Nationwide, our children are being taught world history through the discerning eye of each individual teacher. In agreement with that, individual local and state curriculums need to make sure that their world history lessons are accurate and not cherry-picked based on religious bias.
The start of next week will more than likely bring more information surrounding this case in Tennessee, so keep your eye on the ACLJ website for more breaking news!