Tennessee Introduces New Bill to Stop ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ in Public Schools

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Published on: October 15, 2015

After hundreds of parents protested across Tennessee last month when middle schoolers were forced to recite the shahada and were assigned to write the five pillars of Islam, a state Republican introduced a new bill that would end religious indoctrination in the classroom.

Finally.

Not wanting our children to recite and learn the shahada is not anti-Muslim, it’s pro-establishment clause. The fact that this debate is being framed as anti-Muslim shows just how far terror groups like CAIR have infiltrated the cultural, media, and academic spheres in implementing the Muslim brotherhood project. Public schools are not teaching our children the Lord’s prayer or the shema — this is proselytizing. It must be stopped. And  House Bill 1418 is a good stop gap measure. If it becomes law, it would prevent the teaching of all “religious doctrine” until students reach the last three years of high school.

CAIR is demanding that Tennessee 7th graders learn “Muhammad Is The Messenger Of God.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on people in Tennessee to oppose a bill that would prevent public schools from teaching the principles of Islam and every other religion until students reach the 10th grade.(DC)

“Anti-Muslim Accusations Fly as Tennessee Debates Best Age for Religious Education,” By Christian Post, October 14, 2015

Tennessee Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, has been called an “anti-Muslim bigot” by an advocacy group for introducing a bill that seeks to delay the teaching of religious doctrine in public schools until after 9th grade. The bill could be in response to parents complaining about Islamic indoctrination of their children. “I think that probably the teaching that is going on right now in seventh, eighth grade is not age appropriate,” Butt said, according to the Times Free Press. “They are not able to discern a lot of times whether its indoctrination or whether they’re learning about what a religion teaches.” CAIR government affairs manager Robert McCaw also weighed in. “Islamophobes like Rep. Butt fail to recognize that there is a big difference between teaching students about religion as an important part of world history and promoting particular religious beliefs,” McCaw declared. “The education of children in Tennessee should not be delayed because of anti-Muslim bigotry.” Complaining parents from across Tennessee have expressed alarm in recent weeks because their children in public middle schools are learning about the Five Pillars of Islam in a world history and social studies classes. (The first and most important pillar is roughly translated as: “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” At the same time, the parents say, the course material pointedly ignores Christianity. Rep. Butt, the majority leader in the Tennessee House and a longtime Christian Sunday school teacher, noted that her bill does not seek to prevent kids in junior high from hearing about religion in their curricula. The goal is to avoid any instruction specifically about doctrine.

The Christian Post: “Anti-Muslim Accusations Fly as Tennessee Debates Best Age for Religious Education,” By Stoyan Zaimov

Tennessee Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, has been called an “anti-Muslim bigot” by an advocacy group for introducing a bill that seeks to delay the teaching of religious doctrine in public schools until after 9th grade. The bill could be in response to parents complaining about Islamic indoctrination of their children. “I think that probably the teaching that is going on right now in seventh, eighth grade is not age appropriate,” Butt said, according to the Times Free Press. “They are not able to discern a lot of times whether its indoctrination or whether they’re learning about what a religion teaches.” Parents from Williamson County, Maury County, and a number of other areas have apparently been complaining that their children are required to learn the Five Pillars of Islam in world history courses, which includes the Islamic conversion creed. Tennessee education officials have rejected the accusation that they are supporting indoctrination, however, and said that it is information students need to know about the religions of the world. The Council on American-Islamic Relations accused Butt of introducing the bill out of “fear and bigotry.”

“Islamophobes like Rep. Butt fail to recognize that there is a big difference between teaching students about religion as an important part of world history and promoting particular religious beliefs,” CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw said in a statement, according to The Tennessean. “The education of children in Tennessee should not be delayed because of anti-Muslim bigotry.” Butt insisted that the bill is not aimed at any one particular religion, and wants teachers to steer clear from any religious indoctrination in the classrooms. “It is interesting that CAIR would comment on my bill since the legislation never even mentions a particular religion, but instead explicitly states that no religion shall be emphasized or focused on over any other,” Butt said on Monday. “The bill calls for comparative religion to be taught in high school and simply addresses the balance and age-appropriateness of teaching religion in Tennessee public schools.” Conservative groups, such as The American Center for Law and Justice, have claimed that Islamic indoctrination is growing into a “nationwide epidemic” in America. The law group said last week that it has received as many as 7,000 calls from Tennessee residents who have complained that students are being required to learn Islamic ideology. “For the last several years, parents from across the country have contacted the ACLJ — from California to Maine — concerned about the teaching of Islam in their local schools. It seems that many schools may be going well beyond simply teaching about a religion. From disparate treatment of religions, to distortion of truth, the teaching of Islam seems entrenched with problems,” the law group wrote.

In light of the controversy, Department of Education Commissioner Candace McQueen has said that the state would hasten its review of social studies standards.

“The intent of the specific social studies standards in question is to focus on building students’ cultural competence and instilling a deep understanding of how world religions impact world history,” McQueen explained.

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