What’s Going on in Tennessee? Teaching Islam in Public Schools – Town Hall Scheduled

A student's work from a public school in Tennessee

A student’s work from a public school in Tennessee

Clarion Project, by Meira Svirsky, Oct. 15, 2015:

A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced a bill into the state legislature to prevent courses containing “religious doctrine” from being taught before tenth grade. The bill is in reaction to objections by parents to a three-week curriculum under the topic of world religion for middle-school students that covers the “Five Pillars of Islam.”

The bill is the result of a grass-roots campaign by parents reacting to course requirements that obligated their children to write assignments about Islamic principles of faith, such as “Allah is the only God.” Parents have called it indoctrination.

Parents particularly objected that no other religion was taught at the same time, and that the amount of time spent on Islam was considerably more than that which will be spent on Christianity, Buddism, Hinduism and other religions.

The bill also states that any teaching of “comparative religion” does not focus on one religion more than another.

Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, who introduced the bill, agrees. “I think that probably the teaching that is going on right now in seventh, eighth grade is not age appropriate,” said Butt. “They are not able to discern a lot of times whether its indoctrination or whether they’re learning about what a religion teaches.”

The parents asked for help from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a law firm that addresses constitutional and human rights worldwide. In the course of its investigation, ACLJ ask to looked at the teaching materials from the course but school districts refused to hand them over.

Tennessee law states that the Bible may be used in class, as long as the course doesn’t include the “teaching of religious doctrine or sectarian interpretation of the Bible or of texts from other religious or cultural traditions.”

“If you’re teaching the Middle East, then of course you’re going to mention the religion that was prevalent in that area,” commented Butt, a long-time Sunday school teacher. “But to teach the doctrine is another thing. It’s just a bill about balancing the teaching of religion in education.”

Based on her experience, Butt said, “Junior High is not the time that children are doing the most analysis. Insecurity is in Junior High a lot of times, and students are not able to differentiate a lot of things they are taught.”

Charges of indoctrination by Tennessee parents are reminiscent of a case in California where a federal lawsuit was filed against the Byron Union School District concerning a three-week course about Islam seventh-graders that used the workbook, Islam, A simulation of Islamic history and culture.

In the California school, 12-year old students were told:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling marked “Not for Publication,” decided that course did not contain “overt religious exercises” that violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Although Islamist organizations have argued that the Tennessee bill is “anti-Islam,” it is reasonable for parents to be concerned about such curriculum. Separation of “church and state” is foundational principle and primary right in the U.S. and should be enjoyed by every individual.

The teaching of religion as religion has no place in America’s public schools.

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org



“School Board has refused to remove textbooks and materials that promote
Islam in White County Schools”
SPARTA , TN (October 14, 2015) – Concerned parents and citizens in White
County, Tennessee are hosting a townhall meeting in Sparta on Tuesday
October 20 @ 6pm @ Christian Life Assembly located at 117 North Spring St,
Sparta to continue efforts to inform and engage the community about the
pro-Islamic textbooks and materials being forced upon teachers and students
by the White County School Board. Over 100 parents attended an
organizational meeting at the White County Library last week.

School board members, including Chairman Edd Cantrell and Vice Chairman Gary
Sparkman, have ignored parents’ objections to the textbooks and materials
and refused to remove them or restrict their use in classrooms. Seventh
grade social studies textbooks in White County contain nearly 50 pages
devoted to a sugar coated view of Islam and the “Islamic World” while barely
mentioning Christianity. The School Board has also violated at least 14 of
their own policies and procedures in connection with conducting school board
business and may have violated state laws concerning public access to
materials used in the classrooms in White County.

Usama Dakdok (an Egyptian Christian who eventually immigrated to the US and
now operates a ministry teaching the truth about Islam and spreading the
Gospel; http://www.thestraightway.org/) will be one of the guest speakers,
along with Anthony Wright, Chairman of White County Citizens Against Islamic
Indoctrination. Nashville attorney Mike Sheppard will also detail the
apparent violations of school board policies and procedures by the White
County School Board and School Superintendent Sandra Crouch.

“The School Board has adopted the textbooks and materials in a shroud of
secrecy and misrepresentation and have attempted to hide what is happening
in our classrooms concerning the promotion of Islam and limited mentions of
Christianity,” Anthony Wright pointed out. “We plan to expose what is
happening and call the community to action since the values promoted by the
School Board members in our classrooms do NOT reflect the values of our
community nor do they follow the laws of the land.”

Bryan Wright, who recently attended a School Board meeting to object to the
materials, explained that “the schools should teach any aspect of religion
with a focus on fairness, balance and TRUTH; that is not happening with
respect to the Islamic Indoctrination being presented in White County thanks
to our own elected officials.” “The fault is not the teachers who are being
forced to use these materials; it is the fault of the school board that
unanimously approved them and who should be held accountable for that
terrible decision,” Bryan Wright noted.
Overton County, Tennessee has adopted a set of supplemental materials to
provide a fair and balanced teaching of social studies and religion but the
White County School Board has refused to accept any alternative to the
textbooks and materials they adopted despite significant and growing
parental objections.

For more information contact Anthony Wright, Chairman, White County Citizens
Against Islamic Indoctrination, 931-254-9429. More information is available
8538/timeline/ and www.stopislamicindoctrination.com.

Also see:

Public Education’s Pro-Islam Bias


(ACLJ) A poster urging a public response on the reported Islamic indoctrination of students in US public schools.

A poster urging a public response on the reported Islamic indoctrination of students in US public schools.

Imagine the outcry we would hear from the soulless Progressives, atheists and Muslims, if students were told that they had to pray the Lord’s Prayer, memorize the Ten Commandments, state that “Jesus is the Messiah” and fast during Lent.

By Justin O. Smith

America’s children are being indoctrinated in U.S. public schools, from Florida to Minnesota and California to Tennessee, through Islamic propaganda in the school’s curriculum that is nothing less than political reeducation disguised as “sensitivity training”. They are being sensitized into viewing Islam sympathetically and as a “religion of peace”, despite all evidence to the contrary, through politically correct messages and base Islamic lies that are aimed at developing “cultural awareness” and “tolerance”, regarding Muslims and Islam, and defusing the fact that Islam is a violent ideology that regularly spawns religiously motivated terrorist attacks, such as 9/11 and the Boston Bombing.

The textbooks are “white-washing” the Islamic faith. Islam is characterized as the underdog suffering injustice, while Christians and Jews  are suggested to be unwilling to transcend prejudice and ill-will in order to allow Islam to have equal expression. And yet, there is not any mention of the hundreds of thousands of Christians and Jews being slaughtered and beheaded by Islamofascists across the Middle East or that the 9/11 abattoir was committed by Muslims opposed to our free exercise of religion and our pluralism and tolerance of all.

In an education climate heavily controlled by anti-Christian Progressives, atheists and the ACLU, public schools barely allow Christians to even pray, display the Ten Commandments and read the Bible on their breaks __ their own time __ even though this is protected under the First Amendment. These anti-Christian elements would never teach Christianity in the same manner, as they now teach Islam in the public schools.

With hypocrisy and double-standards on full display, public schools across the U.S. have adopted programs, such as the Islam Project, and they are blatantly violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, according to the Family Policy Network, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and millions of Americans. These programs promote an agenda that requires, among a long list of other inappropriate and unconstitutional items, that students learn the five pillars of Islam, recite Islamic prayers such as “all people must submit to Allah” and “there is no God but Allah” and learn that Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews, a base, outright lie.

In April of this year, Union Grove High school in Wisconsin gave a writing assignment “Pretend you are Muslim”, and not long afterwards, Carly Gammill, an ACLJ attorney, explained to their school district officials that Islam could not be presented in this manner without breaking the law: “By requiring the students to adopt the viewpoint of a Muslim, union Grove has gone well beyond teaching ‘about’ religion. In fact, this advancement of the Muslim viewpoint is specifically what the Supreme Court has deemed a direct violation of the First Amendment.”

In September 2015, parents in Rutherford, Williamson, Maury, Sumner and other Tennessee counties, were furious over the same sort of indoctrination tactics occurring in their schools; however, some administrators, like Rutherford County Superintendent Don Odom, claimed it was out of the School Board’s hands and blamed the textbook publishers and the state, while others, like Wilson County Director Donna Wright, claimed no wrong was committed. Some of these administrators are simply feckless and ill-informed, and others are knowingly supporting and advancing Islam and discriminating against Christianity and Judaism, in line with the theory that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

In a deceptive and disingenuous statement, Paul Galloway, who is a Muslim and executive director for the American Center for Outreach, said: “To learn what the first pillar is has nothing to do with indoctrination. You can’t trick someone into being a Muslim.”

Galloway dismisses the fact that these are children in the 6th and 7th grades, who are in their most impressionable and formative years. Any seed of knowledge must be planted with care and full and honest discussion, and in regards to one’s worldview and religion, that responsibility must remain under the domain of the parents concerning the guidance of their children.

Just as Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) stated on September 8th: “There is a big difference between education and indoctrination.”

Reported first by the ‘Columbia Daily Herald’, imagine the righteous anger that flowed from Maury County parents, such as Brandee Porterfield and Joy Ellis, when they discovered their twelve year old children were taught the Islamic conversion prayer and made to write the “Shahada” — “There is no God but Allah; Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah.” And next, they were told by Dr Jan Hanvey that Christianity would not be covered at Spring Hill Middle School, “because Christianity is not in the school standards.”

Pastor Greg Locke of Mt Juliet, TN (Wilson Co) noted that there is only “a half page of watered-down Christianity” being taught in the sixth grade, while 28 pages of Islamic curriculum are being taught. Locke and many families are highly upset “over all this new Islamic indoctrination in our school system”, which they call “absolute brainwashing”. Adding insult to injury, the Wilson County school system exhibited incredible insensitivity by scheduling a test on Islamic curriculum on Sept. 11th, however, the ensuing uproar in the community forced its delay.

Predictably, Christian parents across the country are also upset to find that the study guide section of ‘Origins of Islam’ presents as fact statements such as, “Around the age of 40, the angel Gabriel told Mohammed that he was to be a prophet of Allah.”

Imagine the outcry we would hear from the soulless Progressives, atheists and Muslims, if students were told that they had to pray the Lord’s Prayer, memorize the Ten Commandments, state that “Jesus is the Messiah” and fast during Lent. Even if we cannot fully or completely explain why Islam is being favored by the U.S. Board of Education and many state and local education boards, the duplicity of the public education system is apparent in regards to Islam.

State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden/TN) wrote in his blog: “While I can certainly understand the desire for cultural knowledge, it must never be at the cost of our cultural identity. Many of our children are not being taught the Ten Commandments in school, but instead the Five Pillars of Islam and the ‘Prophet’ Mohammed as a sovereign to Jesus Christ.”

The pro-Islam bias and precepts towards conversion to Islam in public schools must be ended, and all those government officials, educators and superintendents  responsible for this situation across America must be held accountable through more than just petitions and lawsuits. Textbook contracts can be voided on the basis of multiple factual errors. Teachers can introduce new curriculum that meets their communities’ approval, with little to zero added cost. And, superintendents unable or unwilling to cooperate can be fired, defeated in special elections and impeached, their contracts ended and damn the cost: America’s parents must join ranks forcefully to ensure that our children receive an honest and fact-based education __ the best possible education __ through a system built on integrity, incorrupt from exalting Islam above all other beliefs.

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Lies and a Conviction: Iran Mocks Justice – Convicts and Sentences American Pastor Saeed


Petition to Save Pastor Saeed Abedini from Iranian Prison


By Jordan Sekulow Jan. 27, 2013

Our worst fears have been realized. This morning in Tehran on an empty promise that American Pastor Saeed Abedini might be released, his lawyer came to court.  The lawyer had no formal notice that his presence was required, only the casual request less than 24 hours before from a court administrator to a family friend that the lawyer should come to the court because it was releasing Pastor Saeed.  But this was all a lie.

Upon arriving at the court, Dr. Naser Sarbazi, Pastor Saeed’s lawyer, saw his client. He knew he had been deceived.

Without family present, Judge Pir-Abassi of Branch 26 of the Iranian Revolutionary Court – known as the “hanging judge” – verbally convicted and sentenced Pastor Saeed to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches.  The evidence provided was of Pastor Saeed’s Christian activities primarily during the early 2000s, when under President Khatami house churches were not perceived as a threat to Iran. Despite Iranian law requiring a written verdict, none was given.

Here’s the troubling reality: A U.S. citizen, who has been beaten and tortured since his imprisonment last fall, is now facing eight years in Evin Prison, one of the most brutal prisons in Iran.

We represent Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and her two children who live in the U.S. Upon hearing this injustice, Naghmeh, said: “The promise of his release was a lie.  We should not trust the empty words or promises put out by the Iranian government.  These false hopes amount to psychological torture.  You don’t want to trust them, but they build a glimmer of hope before the crushing blow.  With today’s development I am devastated for my husband and my family.  We must now pursue every effort, turn every rock, and not stop until Saeed is safely on American soil.”

We know that with the Iranian Revolutionary Court, Pastor Saeed’s conviction and sentence had to be approved at the very top – The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had to sign off.

Iran has not only abused its own laws, it has trampled on the fundamentals of human rights.  We call on the citizens of the world to rise up in protest.  We call on governments around the world to stand and defend Pastor Saeed.  As his wife has pleaded, starting with our own government, every effort must be pursued. We are calling on the State Department and the White House, which have both called for Pastor Saeed’s release, to engage further.

This is a real travesty. An U.S. citizen faces a lengthy prison term for simply because of his Christian faith.  Pastor Saeed now faces eight years in a harsh prison – likely facing life-threatening torture and abuse at the hands of the Iranian regime.

Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. We will continue to utilize all of our efforts to see that justice is served and Pastor Saeed is safely in the arms of his loving wife and two children back home in the United States.

Jordan Sekulow is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani – 1000 Illegal Days

Published on Jun 27, 2012 by    

Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been charged, convicted and sentenced to death for apostasy — becoming a Christian. When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, “I cannot.” He has been illegally imprisoned and separated from his wife and two boys since 2009. We are fighting to save his life and win his freedom.

The ACLJ has confirmed that Iranian judicial authorities have ordered Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to appear in court on September 8th. The purpose of this court appearance is unclear at the present time, but it will come exactly two months after Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th day in an Iranian prison.

Sunday, July 8th, marks Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th illegal day of imprisonment for his faith in Jesus Christ: 1,000 days apart from his wife and two young boys; 1,000 days resolute in his refusal to recant his Christian faith.

Watch the video above, and share his story. He was arrested in October 2009, convicted and sentenced to death in September 2010 because of his faith, and his execution sentence was affirmed in September 2011 when he said “I cannot” recant my faith.

The worldwide call for his release continues as the ACLJ’s Tweet for Youcef campaign is now reaching more than 2.5 million Twitter accounts in 234 countries and territories around the globe each day. Sign up for Tweet for Youcef today, and if you have already signed up, see how far your impact for Pastor Youcef has gone.

We are urging everyone to commemorate Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th day in prison this Sunday, by praying, tweeting (please use the hashtags #Nadarkhani & #1000illegaldays), and sharing his story with others.

Go to the ACLJ website for a timeline of key events of his #1000 illegaldays in prison. You can share each key moment on Twitter and even print it out to give to your pastor.

Freedom of Speech & Human Rights Under Sharia (video)

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