Some parents in Walton County, Georgia, are upset that their children are learning about Islam as part of their education about the Middle East (video below).
“What they are learning goes against my religion completely,” parent Michelle King, told WSB-TV.
King did not identify her religion, which allegedly forbids people from learning about other world religions.
“Like my daughter had to learn the Shahid and the Five Pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert," King added. "But they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God."
Steven Alsup said that a homework assignment asked: “Allah is the [blank] worshiped by Jews & Christians.” The blank is filled in with "same God."
“It seemed like half the truth to me, they didn't talk about the extreme Islamists,” Alsup added.
Matt Cardoza, a Georgia Department of Education spokesperson, issued a statement via email to WSB-TV:
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."
“We are teaching the same stuff that everyone else is teaching,” Kim Embry, a spokeswoman for Walton County Public Schools, told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
“[If] you’re learning about the Middle East, it’s very difficult not to teach about Islam,” Embry added.
“The curriculum department went through all of it last week, and they did not find anything they were concerned about.”