Friday, December 18, 2015

Va. School District Is Closed Over Islamic Lesson; Student Assignment: "There Is No God But Allah"

The Augusta County school district in the state of Virginia closed down today (December 18, 2015) after receiving a flood of angry emails and phone messages over an Arabic calligraphy lesson that involved writing a Muslim statement of faith, the Voice of America News website reports.

The angry comments were centered on a school assignment at a Riverheads High School social studies class that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic professing the Muslim faith. The statement translates to: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

The students in the class were also invited to try on a hijab, or Islamic headscarf.

Several parents have demanded that the class teacher, Cheryl LaPorte, be fired. LaPorte has declined to comment.

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