DATELINE: Augusta County, Va.
If your child goes to school in Augusta County, you know that kids there got a free day at home because of a teacher’s mistake.
The students were tasked with learning calligraphy. Instead of going Ye Olde English with some Shakespeare, this particular teacher decided a great example of calligraphy was a shahada.
Oh sorry. Not familiar with a shahada? That fun little scribble is a Muslim profession of faith.
Now while Muslims in this great country are free to profess their faith to the East in the privacy of their home or mosque five times daily, asking the students to practice something that says “La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah” is something different entirely.
Why? Because it means “There is no god but God and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.”
To the World Geography teacher’s credit, students were asked to try to copy an example of Arabic calligraphy, but were “not asked to translate the statement or to recite it.”
Rather, the purpose of the exercise was to give students an “idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.” That’s sweet, but could they be more dense about current events?!
“Neither these lessons, nor any other lesson in the world geography course, are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion, or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief,” the district said in a statement provided to Fox News.
Nonetheless, parents at the school were alarmed.
The attention resulted in “voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area” to the school district. A statement from Augusta County Public Schools said the decision to close the schools was based on the “tone and content” of the communications “based on the recommendations of law enforcement.”
In other words, this #PRFail caused some good parents to get pissed.