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Georgia Parents Angry Over Religious Curriculum

Walton County Public Schools in Georgia have received several complaints over the teaching of Islam in their curriculum. Mother Michelle King said, “What they are learning goes against my religion completely. My daughter had to learn the Shahid and the Five Pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert. But they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God."

According to Kim Embry, spokeswoman for Walton County Public Schools, the department has received only five phone calls on the issue: two from the same number, and another from an individual outside the state who did not have children.

Embry went on to state “If you’re learning about the Middle East, it’s very difficult not to teach about Islam." Parents disagreed with the way it's being taught by referencing a homework exercise that read “Allah is the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians.”

Father, Steven Alsup, said, “It seemed like half the truth to me. They didn't talk about the extreme Islamics." Matt Cardoza, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education, said “The standard for seventh grade given to educators is to ‘compare and contrast the prominent religions in the Middle East: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

The teachers resource guide advises "‘This element is not an evaluation of any religion, nor is it a course in the belief system of any religion.’" The complaints are related to the curriculum being taught at Loganville and Youth middle schools. A meeting will be taking place this week for parents and school officials to discuss the matter.

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