Ethics: School to Celebrate Muslim Appreciation Month

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What would you do Wednesday!

It is a normal day at home. Your middle-school child arrives home from school. Your child tells you they have some information for next month’s school theme.

Your child – who can’t remember – then asks the difference between an Abayas and a Thobes.

“An Abayas and a Thobes?” you wonder. You take a look at the paper your child just handed you about the school theme.

“Please join the school staff in encouraging your child next month as we celebrate Muslim Appreciation Month. In an effort to help society become more sensitive, understanding, and tolerant of Muslims, we will be teaching your child about Islam next month. 

Each morning will begin with a prayer to Allah and the Islamic pledge of allegiance to the Afghanistan flag. Your child will study Arabic, Islamic history, and the teachings of Muhammad.  Traditional Islamic meals will be served for lunch. Additionally, your child will need to purchase the following Islamic clothing: Abayas for the girls and Thobes for boys.

Participation is mandatory in order for your child to receive a passing score and advance to the next grade.”

What would you do?

  • Let your child participate explaining that it is informational only.
  • Immediately get in touch with the school, PTA, and superintendent if necessary.
  • Ask if your kid can play the Christian martyr who shares the gospel with Muslims.
  • Or….

Here I blog…

Mark

p.s. This post is a based on a true satirical story: Jerome Illinois Middle School Goes Muslim For The Month Of November.

p.p.s. You may talk about and make a case for homeschooling, but please do not make this post a debate about homeschooling.

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The above article was posted on October 9, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 LesProuty3 October 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

Mark,

Great, real life question. First, I think I would explain what Islam is to my child and teach him/her that though Islam is not a true religion, they, like all people, should be treated with kindness and respect by Christians. And, that we should pray together about how we as a family might reach out to those families to befriend them with hope in God that their souls may be saved.

Second, I would get in touch with the administration to voice my opposition to my Christian child being forced to pray to Allah and to the pledge. I have no objection to them being exposed to Islam nor to my child even wearing a piece of Muslim clothing.

But if the administration refuses to accommodate my child sitting out the prayers/pledge (but still in the classroom) I would inform them that penalty will be appealed but if it must be, well it must be.

Great teaching opportunity on the false religion of Islam and on the consequences of not bowing to false gods.

2 Mark Lamprecht October 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

LesProuty3 Thanks for the comment. I think it would especially wise to have a talk/teaching moment with your child every evening during this month. Find out what they learned and be ready to answer and correct those things.

3 rhology October 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Not to debate about homeschooling, but if your kid is in a guvmint skuul, why precisely would you be surprised?

4 LesProuty3 October 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Mark Lamprecht LesProuty3 Agree Mark. I thought that when I was typing but didn’t make it part of my comment. Oversight. Yes, nightly talks.

5 Mark Lamprecht October 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

@rhology Today very little surprises me in public schools. Ironically, it is usually in other parts of the country outside the Georgia Bible belt.

6 Bill Mac October 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Mark:  Nationalreport.net is a satire site.  The story isn’t true.

7 Mark Lamprecht October 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

@Bill Mac You ruined the post! 🙂 Thanks, Bill. Amazing that so many have read this and have not said anything. Maybe, like me, they didn’t know. I fixed this p.s. though I still think it’s an interesting ethics post. As I recall, there have been other reports of situations like the above though not as extreme.

8 RandyDavenport October 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Mark Lamprecht LesProuty3 Finally I would talk to both the board of education and the education leadership asking for a Christian month.  And I would talk to them about the issue of the legality of a school promoting a religion as it relates to current law and the constitiution.

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