DEAR PARENTS: This School District Teaches Kids Islam, But Christianity … Eh, NOT SO MUCH, 2/21/17
What would YOU do if your kids were forced to sit through an Islamic proselytizing video in middle school? (Bear with us, dear ClashDaily Readers. This is going to be video-heavy.)
Two New Jersey moms are raising hell about the middle school seemingly proselytizing for Islam. Nancy Gayer and Libby Hilsenrath were concerned when they heard that the school was extensively teaching Islam in the classroom, but other religions were excluded. They were then more concerned when they learned what it was that the students were exposed to.
The students in a 7th Grade Social Studies class were shown a 20-page Powerpoint presentation and several videos about Islam — but were not taught about any other religion.
Here is one video that claims that Allah is the one true God and that Jews and Christians are not following the religion of Abraham: Don’t you love how Alex, the non-Muslim kid, said,‘I don’t like to do things without asking Mum!’ regarding going over to the other kid’s house, but didn’t ask his mom if he could go to the mosque? Yeah, that’s not weird at all. Those cartoon videos sure look like proselytizing.
Gayer contrasted the current handling of Islam at the school with a presentation made by her son in 4th Grade. Her son had worked independently on collecting for a charity and created a presentation which included a Bible verse at the end. The teacher told him that it belonged ‘in Sunday School’ not in the classroom and then told the students that the computer wasn’t working so they wouldn’t see the presentation.
Gayer and Hilsenrath attended the Board of Education meeting to express their concerns. However, the superintendent, Michael LaSusa, refused to eliminate the course because “it is part of the New Jersey curriculum core content standards to teach students about the various religions of the world.” He also refused to meet with Gayers and Hilsenrath.