(Truth Revolt) Parents at a middle school in Spring Hill, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, are upset that their children have spent three weeks studying Islam and were assigned to write the Shahada profession of the Islamic faith: "Allah is the only god." Making the situation worse, parents said the teacher skipped over the section on Christianity.
Though the parents understand that a thorough study of history will undoubtedly cover religions from all over the world, they don't understand why so much time is being spent on this one. Plus, the class is delving into learning the specifics of the Five Pillars of Islam and thus causing parents to wonder if that constitutes teaching religion in schools.
"From a religion point of view, if the schools are going to be teaching religion in history, they need to teach them all equally," parent Brandee Porterfield told The Columbia Daily Herald. "For them to spend three weeks on Islam after having skipped Christianity, it seems to be that they are making a choice about which religion to discuss."
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Another parent, Joy Ellis, said she was aware her child was studying Islam but as far as having to write the Shahada, she said, "To me, a Christian child should not be made to write that."