Sullivan County mother, upset about the way Islam is taught in her child’s school took her concerns to the board of education earlier this week. Michelle Edmisten was the only parent to speak during public comment about how Islam is being taught in schools. She pleaded with the board asking for an immediate change.
What was she angry about? In her daughters class, they were expected to know that Islam’s holy book is called the Quran, and that there are five pillars of Islam that include performing ritual prayers and a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with learning about other religions, so long as they’re taught in a neutral way. I don’t believe they should’ve done something like wear the hijab, as this class was forced to.
As Mad World News reported:
“It is time as parents, teachers, and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools, and our country,” Michelle said before the board, where she stood alone as the sole parent to speak out against this vile indoctrination.
“I would like to see the Pearson book yanked from the school immediately. I would like to see parents, Christians, veterans, anyone that’s anyone, stand up for this fight,” she continued in her demand for the board not to ignore this issue. “How can I, as a Christian, say that I have these values? And I want to instill these values in my daughter, but then say its okay go ahead and do it,” she stated, WJHL reported.
The board let the mother speak her piece but essentially ignored her concerns, using the excuse that the process of changing a curriculum isn’t simple and would require a lot of work. Placating Michelle on her concerns, she was told that the board would look into changing it, but that there is certain protocol to follow, then they refused to set up any timeline for doing so.
What do you all think?
Edmisten said that her daughter flunked a quiz that included questions about the Muslim faith because she refused to answer them. That certainly takes more guts (and direct consequences) than protesting in another way, like refusing to stand for the national anthem.
As Amanda Shea argues, “As long as Christianity is being scrubbed from every public school in every possible way, the same should go for all religions.” I’m inclined to agree. Teach all religions – and don’t force any elements of them on anyone – or teach none at all.