A Tennessee high school field trip to an Islamic mosque where students were given copies of the Quran not only left parents questioning the decision, but resulted in the school revising its field trip policy.
As reported by Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, the students involved were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.
But some parents objected to the trips, asking why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue.
“If you can’t go to all five, why are you going to any?” parent Mike Conner inquired. “We sent the principal an email and voiced our concerns. She sent back a reply and told us they could not afford to go to all five.”
The students were given punch and cookies at the mosque and listened to readings from the Quran, Conner said. They were also offered copies of the Islamic holy book – which some took and others declined, Starnes reported.
Students who chose not to participate in the field trip were instructed to write a paper comparing and contrasting the Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths, Conner told Fox News. An assignment that included a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.
“If we were to compare the attitude of the Muslim rulers towards the minorities living under their rule during the nineteenth century – with the attitude of the Europeans and the Americans towards their minorities, I dare to say that the record of the Muslims would be better,” the author wrote.
The worksheet stated that the “Prophet of Islam was prepared to live in peace with the followers of other monotheistic religions,” and also said “Muslims in the Middle East and Asian conquered lands of other peoples but they did not impose their religion over them.”
The student in question responded to the assignment by noting “there is not enough true facts to properly complete a comparison and contrasting paper.” She received a zero for the assignment.
Sumner County Schools provided Fox News with a statement regarding the field trips: “Our district has reviewed the practice and decided to eliminate field trips to religious venues from this class, as it does not provide equal representation to all the religions studied in the course unit.”