One of the joys of living in West Michigan is dealing with Christian conservatives by the boatload. A group of parents flipped out at Jenison High School because one of them decided to share one page of a project on world religions about Islam and told others that they were teaching 3rd graders how to be Muslims.
A parent took their concerns over a world history assignment to Facebook, stirring controversy but confusion, when a high school assignment regarding world religions was posted as a lesson on Islam for third graders.
Jenison High School Principal Brandon Graham told FOX 17 that an annual world history assignment was taken out of context, after people shared a concerned parent’s post on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, a lot of times in today’s society, information is spread very quickly without maybe knowing all the facts,” said Graham.
The initial parent’s post shows one of six pages from a world history project on introducing the religion Islam. When the post stated this was a “third grade project,” it caused an outcry among parents questioning why religion, and only Islam, was being taught in public schools.However, officials with Jenison High School said that is not the case.
“The assignment was to cover the five major world religions: the religions included Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam,” said Graham. “In our social studies classes we certainly study all those religions to learn how a people, group and culture function. It helps us understand culture.”
Even if it was for 3rd graders, so what? They’re teaching kids the basics about the world’s major religions. That’s a good thing. But leave it to a wingnut to take a single page out of a larger project and invent a bullshit story to blow it out of proportion.