A Farmville, North Carolina, high school assignment has alarmed parents and students as they believe the content contains "Islamic propaganda."
The Common Core vocabulary assignment was given to seniors at FarmVille Central High School.
“In the following exercises, you will have the opportunity to expand your vocabulary by reading about Muhammad and the Islamic word,” the assignment’s worksheet read.
The vocabulary words that followed included conductive, erratic, mosque, pastoral, zenith, and astute, all used in sentences about the Islamic faith.
“The zenith of any Muslim’s life is a trip to Mecca,” one sentence read.
“The responses to Muhammad’s teachings were at first erratic. Some people responded favorably, while other resisted his claim that ‘there is no God but Allah and Muhammad his Prophet,'” read another sentence.
The response from one student in the class was of shock and confusion.
“It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student told Todd Starnes of FOX News. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?
“I just looked at it and knew something was not right – so I emailed the pages to my mom.”
A parent of a student enrolled in the class, who asked to remain anonymous, voiced her concerns over the assignment.
“What if right after Pearl Harbor our educational system was talking about how great the Japanese emperor was?” the parent asked. “What if during the Cold War our educational system was telling students how wonderful Russia was?”
The parent views the assignment as “classwork disguised as Islamic propaganda.”
“It’s very shocking,” the parent said. “I just told my daughter to read it as if it’s fiction. It’s no different than another of fictional book you’ve read.”
According to a Pitt County Schools spokesperson, the assignment is from a state-adopted workbook that meets “Common Core standards for English Language Arts,” reports The Blaze.
“The course is designed to accompany the world literature text, which emphasizes culture in literature … Our school system understands all concerns related to proselytizing, and there is no place for it in our instruction/ However, this particular lesson was one of many the students in this class have had and will have that expose them to the various religions and how they shape cultures throughout the world,” the district said in a statement.
The school district was asked by Starnes to provide him with a copy of vocabulary worksheets that promoted the Jewish, Hindu, and Christian faiths. He also asked for dates for when students would be assigned those vocabulary worksheets.
His request did not receive a reply.