Most of us can sense when people are disingenuous. We know that the NAACP does not care about the black population when they are not seeking justice for every member of society or marching against black on black crimes. We know that the ACLU does not care about justice when they do not represent right-wing Christians. And we know freedom from religion groups do not care about the indoctrination of children when they do not complain about anyone but Christians. This is nowhere more apparent than in Tennessee.
Maury County, Tennessee is in the heart of the Bible Belt. So it’s understandable why the local church ladies got all shook up when they discovered that school children had been forced to declare, “There is no God but Allah.”
Seventh graders at Spring Hill Middle School spent three weeks covering Islam in a Social Studies class – enraging some parents who say the lessons crossed the line into indoctrination and proselytization.
Now, the idea that seventh graders are learning about Islam is not that big a deal. Even that they are learning the prayer and the seven pillars might not bother some; but, of course, these parents have a reason for concern. If their children are not regenerate or what they would call “saved,” then they run the risk of turning to this false religion.
“I am not pleased that my 12-year-old was taught the Islamic conversion prayer,” parent Brandee Porterfield told me.
According to the lessons, students were instructed to write the “Shahada” – “There is no God but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” Students also learned the five pillars of Islam.
And these parents have every right to be upset. It has been disclosed that there will be no lessons on the Christian religion. But, even more than that, there is the absence of outrage. This absence is one that most will not notice. There are no threatening letters or impromptu rallies against the school by angry atheist groups.
When we have so many stories of schools attacked over faith in school, we would expect at least a percentage of those cases would involve the Islamic religion. With people like Freedom From Religion Federation watching schools and their web pages like hawks, we would think that there would a few cases where they would have complaints about Islamic indoctrination. But there is none that I could find. And, they are silent on this, as well.
“We are not trying to convert,” Dr. Jan Hanvey, the district’s middle school supervisor, told the Columbia Daily Herald.
Hanvey said the curriculum has been in place for more than 30 years. She also disputed the allegations that the Islamic religion was taught for three weeks, telling the newspaper they spent three weeks talking about the geography, culture, economics and government surrounding the religion.
So this is not a new thing. This has been taught for 30 years, and no one has said boo. There is this great void in the atheist outrage against Islam. The reason for this is that they are seeking to use Islam to destroy the Church. They are, in the end, on the same side. Both have the devil as their father.
God help us to stand.