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Tennessee School Requires Students to Recite Religious Pillar

Parents of the students in the Maury County School District in Tennessee were not too happy when they found out their children were instructed to recite and write "Allah is the only god," for a world history project. The students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.” Joy Ellis, the mother of a seventh-grader at Spring Hill Middle School, said “This is a seventh-grade state standard, and will be on the TCAP. I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.” Another mother of a seventh-grade girl, Brandee Porterfield, complained to officials at Spring Hill Middle School because of its overemphasis on Islam to the exclusion of Christianity and Judaism.

Porterfield said she doesn't mind her daughter learning more about the Islamic religion as long as the school devotes equal time to Christianity or Judaism. She stated Another mother of a seventh-grade girl, Brandee Porterfield, complained to officials at Spring Hill Middle School because of its overemphasis on Islam to the exclusion of Christianity and Judaism.“It really did bother me that they skipped the whole chapter on the rise of Christianity and they spent three weeks just studying Islam." Porterfield went on to say “I spoke with the teacher and the principal. They are not going to learn any other religion, doctrines or creeds and they are not going back over this chapter. Even though they discuss Christianity a little bit during the Middle Ages, they are not ever going to have this basis for Judaism or Christianity later.”

Porterfield said the class skipped Christianity because it’s not required by the state’s standards. Those standards, TN Core, are very similar to the national Common Core standards, though in May Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill eliminating Common Core. In Tennessee, 85 percent of the residents identify as Christian, according to a comprehensive U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Center in 2008. Only one percent of state residents identify as Muslim. Maury County Director of Schools, Chris Marczak, said “It is our job as a public school system to educate our students on world history in order to be ready to compete in a global society, not to endorse one religion over another or indoctrinate." A meeting between parents and school teachers and administrators has been scheduled for Sept. 17.

Photo: Bare Naked Islam, Breitbart

The school says this is just part of their curriculum.

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