Religion

'The Audacity Of The School': Parents Pull Son From School Over Islam Lesson

| by Lisa Fogarty

The parents of a Los Angeles boy are reportedly pulling him out of his middle school because they object to the fact that he is being taught about Islam.

The child, who is a student at Manhattan Beach Middle School, was reportedly coming home with assignments about the five pillars of Islam, which made his parents livid because they say he isn’t being taught about the history of the religion, but about the faith itself, reports Breitbart. In one of the assignments, the child’s father says he noticed answer options that included “The one true God, Allah” and “All people must submit to Allah.”

“The audacity of this school, to think that they can sit these children down and teach ‘em whatever religion they please; it’s preposterous,” the father said. “This is illegal, basically. You can’t teach religion in schools any more, but apparently, in this particular school, at least, that’s not the case.”

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The parents say they spoke with the school principal, who reportedly did not agree to be interviewed by KTLA, and that they were told they wouldn’t be changing their lessons. Instead of continuing to fight the school, the boy’s parents opted to take him out and place him in another school.

They maintain that they would be fine with the school teaching the history of all faiths, but that their son's school is focusing on Islam.

“Can you imagine the outcry all over this country if children were bringing home paperwork that asked them to write down John 3:16, or asked them to write down the 10 Commandments?” the father asked.

Sources: Breitbart, KTLA/Photo Credit: Iqbal Osman/Flickr, mbeo/Flickr