When a mom looked down at her son’s homework, she was horrified. She couldn’t believe that her boy was being forced to learn this in public school. While reports from school after school come in from across the country denying students an opportunity to display their Christian beliefs, they only seem too eager to shove Islam down their throats.
Since Tara Cali posted a simple photo of a note she wrote on her son’s homework assignment on Facebook, she has sparked a nationwide debate about what is and is not appropriate to teach children in school about religion.
The California mom thought she was living in a nightmare when she saw that her son’s seventh-grade teacher was spoon feeding her boy a lesson in Islamic belief and prayer. The country is now engaged in a raging debate about who is right, the Bakersfield mom or the school system…
Tara Cali couldn’t believe that her son was being forced to study Islam when a portrait of Jesus isn’t even allowed to hang on a school’s wall.
Tara’s son didn’t only have to learn about Muslim prayer. His assignment included a scan code that would allow him “to hear the call to prayer from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.” Cali considered this indoctrination in a religion.
Although the teacher demanded that the boy listens to the Muslim prayer, mom wrote a scalding note back in response.
“My son WILL not be a part of this in any sort of way. This is bad teaching material. He will NOT partake, If you have a problem with it, call our lawyer.”
Tara was so outraged at the California school that she posted a picture of the assignment on Facebook. Tara refused to let her son learn about Islam. And then she cited several Bible verses to prove that she is right.
Schools have the right to teach children about the religions of the world, they cannot “advance particular religious beliefs” upon their students. The American Civil Liberties Union goes on to describe the role of school’s teaching religion as “The school’s approach to religion is academic, not devotional.”
They said that “The school may strive for student awareness of religions, but should not press for student acceptance of any religion.”
The school must make a divide between practice and study of religions. “The school may sponsor study about religion, but may not sponsor the practice of religion.”
And the school can’t single any particular religion out.
“The school may educate about all religions, but may not promote or denigrate any religion.”
So who do you think is right? Did the school force Islam onto their seventh-grade students or is Tara Cali overreacting?
Here’s what some people wrote on FOX5 News Facebook comments:
“Ignorant and dumb parents, your kids need to know about this so they are not as CLUELESS AS YOU ARE!”
Do you think teachers are favoring Islam over other religions? Or was this just a normal history lesson?
Please SHARE YOUR OPINIONS in the comments below!