Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kansas: Public response forces school to remove Pillars of Islam from grade school

Here is an example of an area in which the Orthodox Church can be far more proactive — and productive: representation in educational curricula.

The school district in question said this display, put up on a bulletin board for a core segment that wouldn't begin until October, was part of its curriculum covering five major religions for their historical significance. The other religions include Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.  (Perhaps they could teach the truth about how Islam spread by waging jihad against each of the other religions.)

It is my contention that the Orthodox Church needs to strive for greater representation in educational curricula in America. Orthodoxy is the second-largest Christian confession in the world, and is so different from Western Christianity that it cannot be covered adequately in any course on "Christianity."  Something to think about for our North American Canonical Assembly of Bishops.

USD 259 sends letter to parents over Five Pillars of Islam bulletin board. 
KFDI via Creeping Sharia — 8/21/2013

Wichita Public Schools has sent a letter to parents explaining a bulletin board portraying the Five Pillars of Islam at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary.

The bulletin board has come under scrutiny after a photo of it was posted online. The photo was shared more than 3,700 times on the Facebook page “Prepare to Take America Back.”

The district has removed the bulletin board, but said the photo is a misrepresentation. In an email statement, the district said Islam is one of five major religions taught at the school for their historical significance. Other religions include Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

The district said the Islam bulletin board will be taken down until the curriculum is taught later in the fall. A painting of the Last Supper is also hanging in the school, the district said.

Minneha is a Core Knowledge magnet school, meaning students apply for admission.

For more, including the letter to parents, go here.