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UPDATE: I asked the school district if there had been similar vocabulary assignments about Judaism, Christianity or other religions. I also asked for the exact dates of those assignments. Here’s the reply I received from the school district:
"The class recently finished reading Night by Elie Wiesel. As part of the study of this book, students were exposed to Judaism. I'm told that one of the next couple of lessons that will be taught in this class includes an examination of Psalm 23 as part of the lesson. Additionally, the workbook in question has another vocabulary lesson with words used in a passage about India's three great beliefs (Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism). Keep in mind that this workbook is just one of numerous resources used in the course. Students are exposed to various cultures, values, and beliefs through the reading of multiple types of literature, but teachers certainly aren't advocating for any of them.”
Notice how the school district dodged my question?
In 630, after war with the Meccans, Mohammed entered the city of Mecca as a victor and proclaimed the sacred shrine, Kaaba, to be a mosque. He first had to destroy the pagan idols before he could declare Kaaba a house of worship.
then everyone knows that we are defining some fictional characters as evil.
In Gene Rodenberry's book, Captain Kirk fired a volley of photon torpedos at the evil Klingons.
then there is a bit more confusion because "evil Jews" is being presented in a more factual format.
In Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler defined Germany's problems as arising from the evil Jews.
originally posted by: eletheia
originally posted by: Unity_99
Its illegal. People can pay to send their children to religious schools, but keep all religion out of the school period.
You're assuming its illegal world wide, I 'm not sure it is.
The point I was trying to make is that school should be for educating
and include the basis of all religions.
But the individual religion of each pupil should only been gone into
and taught in the home, temple, mosque, church, synagogue, etc.
of the personal respective religion of the individual.
The notions of "sacred shrine" and "pagan idols" are definitely relative to one's interpretation. I am concerned because these phrases are presented as factual terms, rather than terms relative to Mohammed's beliefs.
originally posted by: DexterRiley
a reply to: FlySolo
I remember reading that they actually used the word "idols" in defending their actions with respect to destroying the museum artifacts. The thing I can't understand is how a 3000 year old wall can be classified an "idol."
I don't dislike Islam. However this insane interpretation of the principles of this religion is beyond reasonable.
On the other hand, I have to wonder; is this the action that Mohammed took when he cleansed the "sacred shrine" of its "pagan idols?"
originally posted by: TinfoilTP
Get this crap out of our schools.
If the lesson was about cathedral or synagogue there would be a shtshorm citing violating the Constitution with separation of church and state.