Muslims Are Super Sad Because Tennessee Middle Schoolers Will No Longer Learn The FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM

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Daily Caller, Eric Owens, October 3, 2016:

Newly-revised world history and social studies standards for taxpayer-funded Tennessee middle schools will no longer include teaching students the Five Pillars of Islam while pointedly ignoring the basic tenets of Christianity.

A group of teacher created the draft of Tennessee’s new “Islamic World” standards, reports Nashville CBS affiliate WTVF.

Students will also no longer be required to learn about the teachings of Muhammad; the Quran, Islam’s primary text; or the Sunnah, a statement of Muslim religious practices.

Other rejected curriculum standards include material about the political rise of Islam, the geography of the Arabian Peninsula and differences between the Sunnis.

According to the Kingsport Times-News, the new draft standards will include excerpts from “The Hadith” — various sayings attributed to Muhammad — and from “The Book of Golden Meadows,” a collection of anecdotes by Arab historian and geographer Al-Masudi which charts the beginning of the world from Adam and Eve through the later period of the Abbasid Caliphate.

Also, Tennessee middle schoolers will have to be able to “explain the importance of the Malian king, Mansa Musa, and his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324” and to “describe the diffusion of Islam, its culture and the Arabic language.”

State Board of Education policy director Laura Encalade described the revisions as but a small part of “a wide variety of changes to the standards” “across all grade levels and content areas,” according to WTVF.

Kasar Abdullah, a Muslim living in the Nashville area, expressed disappointment that all Tennessee children will no longer be required to learn about the teachings of Muhammad in public schools.

“How does it impact that Muslim child who never seems to hear anything about who they are?” Abdullah asked in an interview with the CBS affiliate, “It seems to me it tells that child you’re not important.”

“The question we should ask ourselves is what is the purpose of our schools our institutions,” Abdullah also said. “Are we to teach our students just a singular narrative?”

In a press release sent to The Daily Caller last week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) described Tennessee’s proposed new curriculum standards as “Islamophobia.”

Last fall CAIR called on Tennessee residents to oppose state legislation that would have prevented public schools from teaching the principles of Islam and every other religion until students reach the 10th grade. (RELATED: CAIR Demands Tennessee 7th Graders Learn ‘Muhammad Is The Messenger Of God’)

The legislation authored by Republican Sheila Butt was largely in response to a grassroots campaign across the state by parents — primarily evangelical parents — against what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in taxpayer-funded middle schools.

Complaining parents from across Tennessee had expressed alarm because their children in public middle schools were 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.” (RELATED: Public School Parents Angry After Middle Schoolers Instructed To Write ‘ALLAH IS THE ONLY GOD’)

The angry parents observed that the state’s curriculum material pointedly ignores Christianity. At no point do Tennessee middle school students study Christianity per se, they said. There is not, for example, one class day dedicated to the basic Jesus story.

A local school district official, Jan Hanvey, told The Daily Herald that students in Maury County students would eventually come across a reference to Christianity when history teachers reach the “Age of Exploration” in eighth grade. Then, Hanvey said, students hear about Christians persecuting other Christians in some countries in Western Europe.

A committee appointed by Tennessee state lawmakers is expected to give final approval to the new standards after a public comment period ends on Oct. 28.

After final approval, local school districts will draft their own local curriculums, based on the new state standards, and choose textbooks.

Some 17,000 people have already viewed the draft standards online, notes WTVF. (All of the standards are available here.)

For reasons that are not entirely clear, Tennessee appears to be an epicenter for America’s continuing encounter with Islam.

In July 2015, lone Muslim gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old naturalized citizen from Kuwait, brutally murdered four Marines at a military recruiting center and a Naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Back in February, leaders of ISIS took to the group’s propaganda magazine to urge followers to assassinate Houston, Texas-born Yasir Qadhi, a professor who teaches at Rhodes College in Memphis. (RELATED: ISIS Is Now Threatening To Murder A COLLEGE PROFESSOR IN TENNESSEE)

In 2013, officials at Sunset Elementary School in the affluent Nashville suburb of Brentwood rescinded a ban on delicious pork just one day after it went into effect because parents complained. The parents and other locals believed that the prohibition on pork had been an attempt to defer to the sensibilities of unidentified Muslim students. (RELATED: Tennessee Elementary School Lifts Fatwa Against Pork After Parents Complain)

Over 80 percent of the residents of Tennessee identify as Christian, according to a 2014 Pew poll. About one percent of Volunteer State residents call themselves Muslim.

CAIR is most notable, of course, because the organization was listed by the U.S. government as an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme that provided funding to the terror group Hamas.

In 2014, the United Arab Emirates officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including CAIR.

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Game On: Tennessee to Sue Feds Over Unconstitutional Refugee Resettlement

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Breitbart, by  MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY, April 19, 2016:

NASHVILLE, Tennessee–On Tuesday, the Tennessee General Assembly declared it will sue the federal government over its refugee resettlement program on Tenth Amendment grounds. The State Senate passed a resolution authorizing that lawsuit in a 29 to 4 vote one day after it passed the Tennessee House by a 69 to 25 margin.

“Today we struck a blow for Liberty by finally adopting SJR467,” State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the co-sponsor of the resolution who shepherded it through the State Senate, tells Breitbart News.

“The General Assembly clearly understands the importance of public safety and state sovereignty as demonstrated by the overwhelming support of this Resolution for which we are thankful. The Syrian surge heightens our sense of urgency to get this properly before the courts, and we urge the Attorney General to act without delay,” Norris adds.

Tennessee, which withdrew from the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in 2008, will now become the first state to sue the federal government over its operation of the program within the borders of its state on Tenth Amendment grounds. Alabama and Texas are currently suing the federal government over the refugee resettlement program on the narrower grounds that it has failed to comply with the Refugee Act of 1980.

“As a state legislator, it is my duty to fulfill my oath and to exercise Constitutional authority,” House sponsor State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) tells Breitbart News.

“I take it seriously to do all I can to protect the sovereignty of our great state. Either we abide by the Tenth Amendment or we ignore it,” she adds.

“It’s time for states to say no more federal overreach and [I] really believe that the federal government was created by the states and not the other way around,” Weaver says.

“Proud to have been involved in the process. It’s been a long road,” State Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) tells Breitbart News, adding:

I held our first hearing in 2013 to look into this issue and I believe we have exhausted very option other than a law suit. I am very proud of [House resolution lead sponsor] State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) and her steadfastness, as well as the House Republican Caucus for sticking with this fight to this conclusion.

The House added an amendment to the resolution that first sailed through the State Senate in February which specified the lawsuit would be conducted at no cost to the state. The State Senate passed that amended resolution Tuesday.

It is now a certainty that Tennessee will sue the federal government.

The only unknown is whether Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, will add his support to the resolution, and whether Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery will represent the Tennessee General Assembly.

Haslam previously indicated he has reservations about the law suit.

Under Tennessee law, resolutions of the Tennessee General Assembly do not require the governor’s signature to become effective.

The resolution calls for the Attorney General to consider representing the General Assembly in federal court. Should the Attorney General choose not to represent the General Assembly, the Thomas More Law Center, a respected public interest law firm, has said it will represent the state at no cost.

It is unclear how long the General Assembly will give the Attorney General to make up his mind.

Tennessee is one of twelve states that have withdrawn from the program in which the federal government has, without statory authority, handed over the resettlement of refugees to “voluntary agencies” (VOLAGs) under a regulation concocted from thin air by the Department of Health and Human Services known as “the Wilson-Fish alternative program.”

The other Wilson Fish alternative program states are Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Vermont.

State legislatures, governors, and gubernatorial candidates in several of these states have already expressed an interest in following Tennessee’s lead or joining Tennessee’s lawsuit, sources tell Breitbart News.

As Breitbart News reported, the operation of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program has become a lucrative industry for a number of voluntary agencies, many of which are affiliated with Christian organizations.

The passage of the resolution is timely, as the Obama administration has stepped up its efforts to increase refugee resettlement recently.

The administration announced it would accelerate the vetting time for Syrian refugeesfrom two years to three months in order to meet its self- imposed goal of bringing in 10,000 refugees from that country during the fiscal year which ends in September.

In March, the Partnership for a New American Economy, a left-wing pro-immigrant groupfunded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several corporate executives, along with the George Soros-funded Welcoming America, announced that they have selected twenty American communities to receive “Gateways for Growth” financial grants because of their receptive attitude to immigrants.

Pro-immigrant activists within and external to the U.S. State Department appear intent on distributing resettled refugees to many small and medium-size cities around the country.

In South Dakota, for instance. a Wilson-Fish alternative program state, the small city of Aberdeen (population 26,000) has recently been targeted by that state’s voluntary agency, Lutheran Social Services, as a direct refugee resettlement site.

The Tenth Amendment case against the federal government’s operation of the refugee resettlement program in these Wilson Fish alternative program states is strong, as Breitbart News reported previously:

In 1984, Senator Pete Wilson (R-CA), concerned at the disproportionate number of refugees sent to the state of California and the high cost of the program borne by the California state government in the form of payments made to refugees settled under the program who seemed to be unable to establish self-sufficiency in a timely manner, introduced an amendment to the 1984 Immigration and Naturalization Act to address that problem.

On October 2, 1984 when Senator Wilson introduced Amendment No. 6965 to the Immigration and Naturalization Act (which would subsequently be known as the Wilson-Fish amendment), he stated:

‘The specific intention of this amendment is to encourage refugee self-support and employment in California, a State which consistently receives at least 22 percent of all incoming refugees. A disproportionate number of refugees end up on welfare rolls. The language in this amendment will allow alternative approaches to this welfare dependency cycle.’ (emphasis added)

The language of the amendment, which was incorporated into the law passed in 1984, reads:

‘[T]he Secretary shall develop and implement alternative projects for refugees who have been in the United States less than thirty-six months, under which refugees are provided interim support, medical services, support services, and case management, as needed, in a manner that encourages self-sufficiency, reduces welfare dependency, and fosters greater coordination among the resettlement agencies and service providers.’

The Wilson-Fish amendment does not mention or even allude to using the Secretary’s authority to fund Wilson-Fish alternative projects as a way to usurp the authority of state governments, such as whether a state would even agree to a refugee resettlement program operating in the state.

Tennessee State Rep. Weaver sums up the attitude of most Tennesseans to the federal government’s continued efforts to tell states what they are allowed to do under the Obama administration.

“There are numerous other departments of federal overreach we need to push back as well. To name a few—EPA, education, and health care, and Second Amendment rights,” Weaver tells Breitbart News.

“By golly, guess what? We the people of Tennessee are responding!” she adds.

Tennessee’s giant step forward in defending states’ rights in refugee resettlement issue

Refugee Resettlement Watch, by Ann Corcoran, Feb. 23, 2016:

Yesterday, Michael Patrick Leahy of Breitbart reported the incredible news that the Tennessee Senate passed a resolution that advances the Tenth Amendment concerns of many as it relates to the federal government (and its non-profit contractors) dropping off refugees in states where the state taxpayer then must pony-up and pay for some of their welfare, education and healthcare (without any say through an elected body).  Our earlier post on the Tennessee legislature is here.

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Majority Leader Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville): “a declaration of our rights as a sovereign state…”

And, interestingly, in my previous post I mentioned an article in The Nation in which the author says that those states that have filed lawsuits against the federal program (Texas and Alabama for example) haven’t a legal leg to stand on.  However, they never mentioned the possible bombshell that could be coming from Tennessee.

Here is the news:

The Tennessee State Senate overwhelmingly passed a resolution by a 27 to 5 margin requiring a state lawsuit against the federal government program that is dumping refugees into the Volunteer State.

Senate Joint Resolution 467 now goes to the Tennessee House of Representatives, where sources tell Breitbart News it is expected to pass some time in the next three weeks.

Passage of the resolution by the State Senate means that it is certain a lawsuit will be filed against the federal government’s Refugee Resettlement Program on Tenth Amendment grounds, something that no other state has yet done.

Both Texas and Alabama have filed federal lawsuits claiming that the federal government has failed to comply with the “consultation clause” of the Refugee Act of 1980. That argument, however, is considered to be on very thin legal grounds because the standard required to establish “consultation” is very low.

The State Senate is expected to wait on filing the lawsuit until it is joined by the House of Representatives, so the entire Tennessee General Assembly will be the plaintiff.

“This Resolution strikes a blow for liberty,” Majority Leader Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the co-sponsor of the bill who carefully guided it through the upper chamber tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement.

Norris calls the resolution, “a declaration of our rights as a sovereign state which upholds the principles by which we foster freedom.”

Continue reading!  This is very important!

Leahy tells us that the lawsuit would apply first to the so-called Wilson Fish states*** and other 11 states could join Tennessee or file their own lawsuit.  In some states it requires the governor to be the plaintiff, but in Tennessee (others?) the legislature can do it.

And, for those of you in 36 other states here is what a serious state government (Texas! for example) could do:

Other states who are seeking a way to stop the unhindered flow of refugees will see in the Tennessee State senate’s action a legal path to successfully resist the continued operation of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program in their states.

The other 11 “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states can join the Tennessee lawsuit, or they can file their own Tenth amendment challenges to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program.

The remaining states that are currently participating in the program can withdraw from it, thereby becoming “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states, and also file Tenth amendment challenges to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program.

***Wilson Fish states: Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont.

Looking for the ‘silver bullet?’

I often tell people there is no one “silver bullet” to end the Refugee Admissions Program as constructed by the original Kennedy/Biden Refugee Act of 1980, but the Constitutional States’ Rights issue comes mighty close.

However! Do not expect your Republican governors and Republican legislatures to see the light shining in Tennessee and just jump on the bandwagon.

Most will be too chicken and some will see the refugee program as the source of cheap labor for their campaign donors, so it’s up to you to keep the pressure on through various means—resolutions, protests, letters to the editor, community meetings, agitation and pressure on elected officials at all levels of government, and Election 2016 campaigning are all examples of what you can do (and are doing!).

All of that political activity is vitally important. You can make it possible for elected officials to take action by creating the political climate they need.

In short, it is your job to agitate and create controversy just as the No Borders Left does all the time!

Lawmakers File Bill “To Stop Islamic Religious Indoctrination In Tennessee Schools”

allahBy Creeping Sharia, Jan. 22, 2016:

It’s come to this. via Northeast Tennessee Legislative Delegation Files Bill “To Stop Islamic Religious Indoctrination In Tennessee Schools” – Chattanoogan.com  h/t Shoebat

The Northeast Tennessee legislative delegation, including Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) and Rep. Micah Van Huss (-Johnson City)  announced they have filed legislation “to officially stop Islamic religious indoctrination in Tennessee schools.”

They said the decision comes “after intense public outcry from parents, students, and school administrators that current school textbooks overemphasize Islam while excluding other religions like Christianity and Judaism.”

Rep. Hill said, “I have heard from people all over our community who share my deep concern about the leeway that is allowed in the current standards. “We have been working on this issue for almost two years now, with no clear solution. My colleagues and I in the General Assembly see there is now a direct need to file legislation on behalf of citizens across Tennessee if we hope to solve this problem once and for all.

“No one has a problem with world religions being taught from a historical perspective. The problem is that right now in Tennessee, the standards are so broad they open the door to proselytizing our public school students. While other bills have been filed in an attempt to fix this problem, this piece of legislation has real teeth, and we believe it will be a giant step forward in fixing this important issue.”

“I did not fight radical Islam in Iraq just to come home and find our children being indoctrinated,” Rep. Van Huss said.

They said, In 2015, middle school parents in Maury County were up in arms after learning their children were being instructed to recite and write “Allah is the only god” as part of a world history project. In another section of their work, students were assigned a Five Pillars of Islam project that included the translation of the pillar of “Shahada” as being, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is his prophet.” Similar situations have been reported across the state, including multiple instances in the tri-cities area, the legislators said.

Under the newly filed House Bill 1905, any inclusion of religion in textbooks, instructional materials, curriculum, or academic standards can only be for educational purposes and are strictly prohibited from being used to promote or establish any religion or religious belief.

In addition, the legislation places into law several key measures that they said constituents have requested, including:

  • Requiring local school boards to adopt a policy regarding the appropriate inclusion of religion in local curriculum and instructional materials, with the opportunity for public comment before adoption;
  • Requiring local education agencies to make publicly available a syllabus for all grade 6-12 social studies, science, math, and English courses. The syllabus must include a course calendar detailing standards, objectives, and topics covered, major assignments required, and procedures for parents to have access to all instructional materials to be used;
  • Requiring the state board of education to initiate a revision process for the Tennessee social studies standards adopted in 2013 to ensure new standards do not promote religion and do not amount to indoctrination or proselytism in any way.

The war has been raging in the classrooms and in the media. Propaganda in it’s purest, most vile forms. It’s now spilling onto the streets of America. Eventually, as history has proven, we will have to fight back…or lose it all.

More than 170 posts on Tennessee in the our archives. Read’em and weep.

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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

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WHITE COUNTY PARENTS TO HOST TOWNHALL TO OPPOSE ISLAMIC INDOCTRINATION IN LOCAL SCHOOLS (H/T Steve Gill)

“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
at:
https://www.facebook.com/Citizens-Against-Islamic-Indoctrination-89521735054
8538/timeline/ and www.stopislamicindoctrination.com.

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Parents question study of Islam in 7th grade

textbook2FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) – by Nancy Amons, Sep. 8, 2015:

A new middle school curriculum being taught in some Tennessee classrooms is raising eyebrows.

This year, coursework mandated by the state includes the study of Islam.

One parent told Channel 4 she believes something is out of balance when students can’t say God or pray in school, but they can spend several weeks learning about Islam.

More than 20 pages of the seventh grade social studies textbook for the Franklin Special School District are devoted to studying Islam. That amounts to three weeks of instruction time in the classroom.

“In all of the homework my children have ever brought home, I have never seen the level of detail about other religions,” said Laura Jones, the mother of a middle school student. “I was completely speechless.”

Jones learned about the curriculum while helping her 12-year-old daughter with her homework. Her daughter attends Freedom Middle School.

“I don’t want to come off as anti-Islamic,” Jones said. “They should spend fair and equal time with all religions.”

The state adopted new standards for social studies last year requiring every seventh grader to learn about Islam. They will be tested on it during standardized testing, no exceptions.

State curriculum officials were not available for an interview on Tuesday but told Channel 4 this is the first year that Islam was concentrated in the seventh grade world history course.

Jones said she found the concentration concerning, especially considering the separation of church and state.

She said her daughter is expected to know the Five Pillars of Islam but not the Ten Commandments. Jones said it’s causing confusion in her Christian-oriented home.

“They are asking me, ‘Why are there two gods? Are there more than two gods? I thought there was only one God,’” Jones said.

State officials said because of feedback from educators and stakeholders, they will review the social studies standards earlier than usual. They are normally reviewed every six years, but the state will take a new look starting in January.

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School’s Islam Lessons Freak Parents Out:

Andy’s Law Sponsor in Tennessee Calls for Action in Wake of Jihadi Attack

chattanooga-usmc-jihad2Center for Security Policy, by Christopher Holton, July 22, 2015:

During the past legislative session, Representative Judd Matheny and Senator Bill Ketron of Tennessee authored important state-level counterterrorism legislation known as “Andy’s Law.”

Andy’s Law, which has also passed in Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana, strengthens state-level terrorism and material support for terrorism statutes, arming state and local law enforcement with vital legal tools as they become the tip of the spear in the war against Jihad. Andy’s Law also creates a civil legal cause of action, empowering victims of terrorism to seek damages from individuals and organizations that provide material support to those who commit acts of terrorism.

Andy’s Law was inspired by the federal government’s reluctance to call acts of terrorism what they are and refusal to prosecute those who commit such acts under federal terrorism statutes. This was portrayed vividly in the movie, “Losing Our Sons.”

As this is being written, Andy’s Law has passed the House of Representatives in North Carolina and awaits action in the Senate Judiciary Committee I this week.

Representative Matheny of Tennessee issued a press release this week alerting Tennesseans to Andy’s Law. The text of that press release appears below:

7/18/15

For immediate release

From the Office of Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny

http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/house/members/h47.html

For business hours interview request (8am-5pm, M-F cst) please call 615-741-7448.

For an off hours interview request, please text 615-390-8314.

Enough is Enough

I extend my sincerest condolences to the families of our servicemen whose lives were taken in a horrific act of planned terrorism. Having served both in the military and as a law enforcement officer in Tennessee, I have a deep and abiding gratitude and respect for anyone who chooses to serve in uniform.

Acts of terrorism are intended to make us feel powerless to respond. Tennessee has again witnessed the reality that our state is not immune from these acts of cowardice.

We first learned this lesson in 2009 when Carlos Bledsoe, a Tennessee State University student from Memphis, shot and killed Pvt. Andrew Long at the Little Rock, Arkansas Army recruiting center. With further investigation, we learned that between his days as a student and the day he became a murderer, Carlos began attending meetings at the Nashville Islamic Center, changed his name to Abdulhakim Mohammed, and spent several months in Yemen, a known terrorist training location.

It is now clear that Carlos Bledsoe’s murderous actions were not a random act or as often excused, that of a “lone wolf”. In response to those findings and to possibly stop future Carlos Bledsoes, Senator Bill Ketron and I led the General Assembly in passing a law in 2011, enhancing the criminal punishment for acts of terrorism, including jihadi terrorism, by both the perpetrators and the supporters of the violence.

Earlier this year, we realized that more needed to be done. We passed another law, known familiarly as “Andy’s Law”, named for Pvt. Andrew Long, the soldier Carlos Bledsoe murdered. This new law addresses the very situation we are now facing in Chattanooga. While the jihadist responsible for the murders is dead and cannot be prosecuted, under this new law, all individuals and all organizations who recruited, assisted, incited, or in any way supported Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez in his jihad, are subject to vastly more severe civil and criminal penalties on the state level.

Now is the time to put “Andy’s Law” into action to prosecute the planned and calculated violence in Chattanooga.

Jihadi terrorism is neither a random act nor a result of “lone wolf” perpetrators. We must use every option that we now have and those that we will devise in the future to protect ourselves from the simmering violence that is brewing in Tennessee’s communities.

Most of our state’s top leadership have skirted around the issues of security from terrorism in Tennessee. We can no longer ignore the security implications hidden in legal immigration issues, federal threats to free speech, refugee resettlement issues, indirect support of the Obama administration’s blind eye to burgeoning illegal immigrant traffic, and attempts to pass state laws equalizing rights and state benefits for illegal inhabitants in Tennessee to those of legal inhabitants.