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Scoliosis can be so hard on a kid…
Brilliant. As a former teacher and psychologist I wish I’d had this on my wall over the years.
This just makes me think of the parents in Canada complaining about their children learning about other religions and becoming confused or even questioning their own because of it. I’ve been reading the Quar’an and I can see why learning about other religions would lead people to ask questions about their own.
For one thing, I’m surprised I never heard this. No, shocked. I can’t recall ever hearing that Islam recognizes the existence of, miracles performed by, virgin birth of, and prophecies given by Jesus. It’s not the kind of thing Fox News wants to draw attention to, I suppose.
Sadly, this is how many schools think of children who don’t fit into their ideal. Kids that question, kids that are quirky, and kids that live in a different world than the norm (whether it be autisim, dislexia, etc.) are often thought of being ineducable. We need to do away with standardized testing, and get back to teaching kids where they are at, not where we think they should be.
And, um… what, precisely, is wrong with “liv[ing] in a different world”?
Islam believes in Jesus. But as a prophet, not a divine, son of god or avatar of god.
Quite true, and yet it’s still one of the most significant parts of Islam that gets conveniently omitted whenever the talking heads try to assure us that Islam isn’t that different from Christianity. Being able to trace and illustrate the origins and variants of each religion would be very useful if educating the public were really the intent. Instead, the talking heads I’ve heard focused more on talking about Muhammad and specifying that their version of God is Allah, highlighting the differences, rather than the similarities.
Which… might have been the idea.
In fact, Islam holds Jesus in extremely high regard but as a revered prophet. I am told that he is second to Mohammed in reverence.
Very true. The Abrahamic religions are a trilogy, with each changing the concept of the god that came before it.
I love it. It applies to religion of course, but to so many other things as well. Posters should be made of this.
I don’t want to be straightened out.
There is a Japanese saying: “The nail that sticks out shall be hammered back in.” I used to meet with my daughter’s new teacher at the start of each school year, share this saying, and then bluntly say, “Don’t hammer her. She’s a handful, yes, but sticking out is who she is.”
Saw this forum posting from 2009 somewhere once:
“No, Moslems don’t believe that Jesus was the messiah.
“Think of it like a movie. The Torah is the first one, and the New Testament is the sequel. Then the Qu’ran comes out, and it retcons the last one like it never happened. There’s still Jesus, but he’s not the main character anymore, and the messiah hasn’t shown up yet.
“Jews like the first movie but ignored the sequels, Christians think you need to watch the first two, but the third movie doesn’t count, Moslems think the third one was the best, and Mormons liked the second one so much they started writing fanfiction that doesn’t fit with ANY of the series canon.”
(Don’t blame me for the grammatical and spelling errors… I have typed it as it appeared.) I quite enjoy this analogy.
I’d respect Christianity a lot more if it were the same. Mohammed wasn’t exactly a nice guy, but at least he was human and did stuff normal humans do
I don’t know about that. Qur’an’s message (as of my reading) is very fatalistic, eliminates free will almost completely, and is just as nasty when it comes down to it. According to the second chapter, Allah deliberately causes people to disbelieve in him so he can send them to Hell. The only people who believe in Islam are the people Allah wants to believe in Islam.
Frankly, any deity who needs a place of eternal punishment is straight out in my book.
“”Jews like the first movie but ignored the sequels, Christians think you
need to watch the first two, but the third movie doesn’t count, Moslems
think the third one was the best, and Mormons liked the second one so
much they started writing fanfiction that doesn’t fit with ANY of the
That’s pretty funny right there.
sounds a a bit like calvinism. all that pre-determined *stuff* . Maybe someone can write an islamic version of “goodman brown” 🙂