Revolt over a homework assignment on Islam that teaches “There is no god but Allah” prompted board members to close schools county-wide over security concerns.
“While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015,” Augusta County Schools in Virgina said, according to CNN.
In addition, extracurricular activities were shut down Thursday afternoon.
What drew the ire of parents with students attending Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia, was a calligraphy assignment to write the Muslim statement of faith, known as the shahada, in Arabic:
“There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
Parents were outraged at the assignment given in a world geography class, and called it little more than “indoctrination.”
The assignment said: “Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, try copying it by hand. This should give you an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”
Parent Kimberly Herndon said the assignment removed the students’ religious freedom, according to the News Leader.
“That’s why we need to join together,” Herndon said. “If my truth can not be spoken in schools, I don’t want false doctrine spoken in schools. That’s what keeps it even across the board.”
If the teacher wanted them to practice calligraphy, couldn’t they have tried copying John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence, or the words “We the people” that begin the Constitution?
Watch the clip, via WHSV.
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