Wichita Elementary School Takes Down Display About Islam After Conservatives Flip Out

When students attended the first day of school at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary in Wichita, Kansas last week, they saw a bulletin board displaying the core beliefs of one of the world’s largest religions: The Five Pillars of Islam.

As far as displays go, this one pretty unimpressive. And uninformative. There’s almost literally no useful information in that display. I mean, it doesn’t even explain what the Five Pillars are…

But somehow, conservatives found a reason to freak out about it. The Facebook page Prepare to Take America Back posted the image with a caption that made a supposedly factual claim with no basis in reality:

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Students At Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School In Wichata Kanas.

Were Met With This Their First Day Of School.
A School That Banned All Forms Of Christian Prayer.

This can not stand.

I’m shocked. Why would a school in Wichata Kanas ban Christian prayer?!

Oh. Right. They made that up. They’re Christians who want to be watchdogs of religious liberty… but, since there are no actual problems of Christians not being able to pray, they just make things up.

What they’re referring to are instances where public schools (or church/state separation groups) put a stop to the promotion of religious beliefs in a school. You can’t say a Christian prayer over a loudspeaker. You can’t force kids to read a Bible verse at the beginning of the day. You can’t teach Creationism in a science class as if there’s any merit to it.

No one’s against teaching about religion — in fact, I wish they would do more of it. Let’s compare and contrast the beliefs of all the major faiths. Maybe it’ll force students to think about why everyone else is wrong but they, somehow, are right.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the school, unfortunately, took down the display after the negative attention, but they issued a statement earlier this week explaining what this was really all about:

As part of the core knowledge curriculum, which is overseen by the national Core Knowledge Foundation, children are introduced in early grades to major world religions, beginning with a focus on geography and major symbols and figures.

“The purpose is not to explore the matters of theology, but to understand the place of religion and religious ideas in history,” the district statement said. “The Core Knowledge goal is to familiarize, not proselytize; to be descriptive, not prescriptive.”

Arensman added that Wichita public schools have not banned Christian prayer, as the online photograph alleges.

“Students and staff have the right to engage in private prayer or religious activities as long as it’s not disruptive,” she said.

That’s… perfectly reasonable. Which is probably why the right-wing group took offense to it.

By the way, elsewhere in the school, there’s a picture of The Last Supper, partly to study “the Renaissance period” and partly, one would think, to depict Christianity.

State Rep. Dennis Hedke (R-Wichita) responded to the display with the expected overreaction we’ve come to expect from his party:

[Hedke] said the way the school teaches about Islam glosses over some of the more unsavory aspects of the religion, such as Jihad and the annihilation of Israel.

“If you’re going to talk about Islam and make it sound like it’s another one of those religions that needs to be understood and contemplated by mankind, there’s a serious misunderstanding,” Hedke said.

Yeah… let’s teach the fourth graders about jihad. I’m sure that’ll go over well.

The school’s goal is to educate children about the various world religions, some of which they may never have been exposed to. What fringe groups do with those beliefs is so far beyond the scope of an elementary curriculum. There’s no reason, at that age, to be discussing the bombings of abortion clinics by Christians or the religious component of the 9/11 attacks.

The second part of his statement may be even worse. It suggests that people should embrace ignorance instead of acquiring a better understanding of the faith and how it might motivate people. Of course we should study Islam — not because it grasps some higher truth, but because our country’s own policies and decisions are often made in response to its adherents.

Students living in Wichita, of all places, would benefit tremendously from understanding the beliefs of people who don’t typically live in their community.

Charles C. Haynes, a senior scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, rightly flips this situation and points out the hypocrisy of the right-wingers:

Imagine, for a moment, that instead of singling out Islam, someone had posted a photo of the Last Supper display and attacked the school for promoting Christianity. I guarantee that the same “take back America” crowd would have been first in line to defend the right of the school to put up the Christian image.

Minneha administrators and teachers should have stood their ground.

Such teaching about religions is not only constitutional; it is essential for giving students the understanding of the role of religion in history and society necessary for a good education and citizenship in a diverse society.

School officials said that the Islam display will go back up later in the fall when they begin the world religions unit. I hope they stick to that plan and educate students on the core beliefs of Islam — and the other major faiths, too.

On the other hand, if you want to see a whole lot of bigotry and paranoia, check out the comment thread under that Facebook picture.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I read all the time about Christians saying if it was about Islam this and that it would be allowed to stay and nobody would raise a stink. Low and behold something goes up about Islam and they have an aneurysm.

    I would love for Glenn Beck to post this story on his web site but he won’t because it shows the truth of how Christians react if something other than their religion is not displayed in a public school.

    And so far my favorite comment from their facebook page: “”Elizabeth Hinson Curry This Is sad! We can’t pray in our own country but we can allow others from outside our country dictate what we CAN do!!! It’s a sad time for America”””

    • Tainda

      I was going to say the same thing. We have said it many times before, put up something about Islam in school and the christian fundies will go insane. Point proven

    • UWIR

      BTW, the expression is “lo and behold”.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        You get low and behold when I have to rush out the door to work :)

  • L.Long

    Bet these same dimwit bigots would not get upset if the 10 Arbitrary Suggestions where put on display!!!

  • Timmah

    “The Facebook page Prepare to Take America Back…” Who exactly are they planning on taking it back from? Was there a Dalek invasion that I missed or something?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      This is how I felt reading the comments.

      • SeekerLancer

        I don’t know if I can even muster up the strength to look.

        Edit: Ugh, why did I look?

    • koseighty

      When the tea party started using the phrase “Take America Back” I thought they meant “… from the dirty liberals.”

      As things have moved on, I’m beginning to think it means more “Back in Time” — back to when it was okay to keep folks from voting, when only the wealthy could educate their children, when the roads weren’t paved, when there was no minimum wage, children could work the mines, etc.

      • JET

        Reminds me of the running non-Mormon Utah joke: Welcome to Utah. Please set your watch back 100 years.

    • viaten

      “Take back” suggests something being justifiably done by rightful owners. Just “take” sounds too aggressive and belligerent.

    • Michael David Barber Moghul

      Yes, and the Daleks spell their Name: KKKristofascistRepublicanAsshole

    • Martinrc

      Every time I see a group naming themselves something like “take back America” I go in hoping its an American Indian group which would than make the name valid, but knowing it never is :(.

      • martinrc

        then not than, I was hungry and hurrying to get to lunch.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Yes, there was a dalek invasion, but the Doctor using a jammie dodger and the tardis rewound time and made everyone forget about it.

      • Spuddie

        I am still trying to wrap my brain around watching Amy Pond dancing on a bar on NTSF:SD:SUV last night.

        Thank FSM for Tivo

        • Timmah

          And now I need to watch that show.

    • SeekerLancer

      From whoever the target of their persecution complex happens to be that evening.

    • Spuddie

      Nah, Daleks don’t pretend to be victims when they are oppressing you.

    • Sam B

      Surely “Take America Back” should be an English group / page?

    • JohnnieCanuck

      The only people America was taken from would be the people the US Army fought and killed to get their lands. Somehow I don’t think restoring America to its original inhabitants is what they have in mind.

  • koseighty

    “As far as displays go, this one pretty unimpressive. And uninformative.”

    As the husband of an elementary school teacher, I’ve spent the last 20-ish years putting up bulletin boards like this one after school or on weekends (although none about Islam).

    Generally the point is to fill in the blanks as the students learn about each one. Say a week is devoted to this unit. Monday the students would learn about and fill in the first pillar, Tuesday the second, etc.

    Many teachers like to overwhelm their students by putting every word they will learn that year on the wall. (Actually, it’s more laziness on the teachers’ part.) Many teachers, like my wife, put the minimum up at the beginning and have the students add to it as they learn. So, blank, “uninformative” bulletin boards are common on the first day of school.

    • Michaela Samuels

      I think the board was clearly unfinished, probably for the reason you cited.

      But it did have nasty Muslim themes, so that was enough to demand its removal immediately.

      • koseighty

        Agreed. I think it wonderful for elementary kids to learn about other cultures and even religions to expand their world view. Sadly, the core tests at this level have put the emphasis on math and reading (which are important), leaving many school neglecting art and social science as they strive to do well “on the test”.

        Sadly, seems some parents here don’t want their kids’ world view expanded. :-(

        • georgina

          I agree, but ‘learning about’ requires telling the truth – and that seems politically incorrect at the moment.

      • Michael David Barber Moghul

        All Abrahamic Religions are nasty. I agree. Keep that shit out of government institutions.

  • Lynn

    Taking back America, means separation of church and state. Keep your religious beliefs to yourself and those that want to follow them.

  • eric

    I mean, it doesn’t even explain what the Five Pillars are…

    It looks to me like a set-up for a class assignment. Like, the expectation is for the students to add to the poster as they study the subject. So the initial lack-of-content may be part of the pedagogy.

    School officials said that the Islam display will go back up later in the fall when they begin the world religions unit.

    Quite aside from religious bigotry, that would seem to me to have been the better approach to begin with. Its a big blank poster, taking up wall space and doing nothing. Use the space for something else now, then use the space for the Islam poster when the class is actually doing the assignment.

  • Jasper

    ““If you’re going to talk about Islam and make it sound like it’s another one of those religions that needs to be understood and contemplated by mankind, there’s a serious misunderstanding,” Hedke said.”

    We’re getting to that. Next up is discussing the land-grabbing Crusades, the Inquisition, the protestant Martin Luther’s contributions to the Holocaust, etc. Be patient… we’ll get to Islam soon enough.

    • Jasper

      The ten consecutive chapters detailing every torture device using during the Inquisition will be very educational.

      • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

        Nah, save that for high school. We don’t want to traumatize 8-year-olds that much!

    • islandbrewer

      Ooooh, the forced conversions of native peoples will be my favorite chapter!

      … and witch burnings! (The old burnings, not the current ones.)

      • Tainda

        What are you talking about? hahaha Why would anyone force conversion on anyone else?!! You’re so full of it!

        The above is brought to you by a friend of mine who actually said that to me…I was in shock and walked away

        • Machintelligence

          That attitude is a good thing, actually. It implies that religion is of such low importance that no-one really cares about which variety you prefer. I wish more people shared that opinion.

          • Tainda

            Actually it’s because she is blinded and thinks everyone chose to be a christian and no one was murdered or tortured or coerced in any way into believing.

  • Lauryn

    Wow, thanks for mentioning about the comments. I could spend hours reading that organized ignorance with an incredulous expression.

    • Mitch

      My favorite thus far: “Ugh I’d be pulling my kid out. Read the Koran fools. It supports pedophilia, womanizing, torture & murder”

      Yep, only the Koran. Riiiiiight.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

        You should have told them to read the bible.

        • Mitch

          I just did. Others said it before me, but it never hurts to keep pointing out the truth.

        • Timmah

          THE BIBLE ONLY HAS RAINBOWS, LOVE AND PUPPY DOGS LALALALALALAL I CAN’T HEAR YOU

      • Tainda

        That one got me too! I had to close the page after reading it.

      • Michael David Barber Moghul

        No one knows how old Mary was when her deity inseminated her (rape and pedophilia). I’m sure it was below today’s age of consent. Then, the same entity sucked at her teats while growing up (pedophilia and incest, considering this was a “god” not a child). Sick bunch of people in America.

        • Whirlwitch

          Going by cultural practices at the time, she was about 12.

  • Mitch

    I agree entirely, there should be a general education on the world’s major religions in school. I found it very informative when I took a class on the subject in high school (Christian high school, so there was certainly some bias). Though I didn’t know at the time, it provided great material when I started questioning the faith talk I was raised with.

  • Compuholic

    I love how the right wingers completely miss the irony. They are getting worked up about (neutral) religious education in public schools but sectarian prayers are fine. Great comedy…

  • viaten

    It seems the Five Pillars of Islam display is a blank display to be filled in over time. I wonder what the conservatives would have said if a blank display was set up for the Ten Commandments.

    • Tom

      They’d probably get a hunted look in case anybody asked them to name all ten.

  • DougI

    Living in Wichita I got to see how local residents responded. Naturally the heads of the fundies blew because they demanded that Christianity be taught, Islam is taking over the world, the Pledge of Allegiance was banned, yadda yadda. You just can’t cure stupid.

    The only negative response from the Atheism crowd is that Humanism wasn’t included with the other beliefs that were taught (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism).

    But teach a religion alongside Christianity and there will be Christians who will be claiming persecution if other religions get equal treatment.

    • Greg G.

      Thanks for answering my question. Apparently I was still typing it when you posted. 8o)

    • Michael David Barber Moghul

      Stupid can be cured by the Second Amendment.

    • rtanen

      I think Humanism wasn’t included because entire ancient cultures weren’t devoted to it the same way the other 5 were. I know when we covered content like this it was more similar to, “We’re covering Greece, so let’s talk about the religious component of their culture! Does anyone know who Zeus is?”

      • Anna

        It’s odd you don’t see more fundamentalists flip out about the Greek and Roman mythology that’s generally taught in 6th and 7th grade. If I hadn’t been an atheist before, I certainly would have been one afterwards.

  • TnkAgn

    As a high school teacher in Alaska, my World Studies sophomores did much the same thing – but with the information of each “pillar” (tenet) included. I cannot help but think that this particular project was not yet complete. And now it won’t be, due to the hand-wringing and vilifications from the “Prepare to Take Back America” crowd.
    There was no such crazy reaction from conservatives in the Mat-Su Valley of Alaska, perhaps the reddest region of that red state.

    • allein

      We did something similar in 9th grade social studies.

      • Anna

        Me, too. 9th and 10th grade were devoted to World History, including ancient and modern religions. I remember several interesting projects, including a term paper on Hinduism and the class construction of a ziggurat.

        • allein

          9th grade was world history/social studies; we did a play about the Romanovs (I was one of the narrators), covered the 5 or 6 biggest major world religions, and for one unit our teacher arranged the desks in rows like we were on a plane and we “flew” to Japan. 10th grade was US History I and for review before every test we played Jeopardy (and each round included at least a couple non-subject categories, like sports and soap operas). 11th grade was US History II. I also took an elective 1/2 year course called “Human Conscience” that focused mostly on the Holocaust, but we also watched things like The Accused and Mississippi Burning. (The other 1/2 of the year was Anthropology.) Our “textbook” for Human Conscience was just a whole bunch of different articles and essays and whatnot that our teacher put together in binders (which were falling apart by the end of the year so they got trashed; I really wish I had kept one).

  • Greg G.

    If the school put up Islam displays only so that it was Islam and only Islam all the time, the Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists could complain. If they treat all religions similarly, the Christian should be happy to get their religion up there. Any True religion should stand out from the rest.

  • 3lemenope

    What cracks me up about this is that humans have a novelty fetish, especially when it comes to structures and systems. We’re much more likely to take something seriously if it is presented persuasively on first impression than we are if already familiar with the general idea going in. So, these christian parents are giving themselves a disadvantage in not having their children exposed to other religions’ tenets in a neutral non-suasive setting, thus guaranteeing that many of them will be exposed to them for the first time by a person attempting to convert them and therefore able to present the ideas and structures in the best possible light.

    Christianity: Cutting off its own nose to spite its face since Jesus. It’s almost like they want their kids to become apostates just for the drama value.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      It’s almost like they want their kids to become apostates just for the drama value.

      Well, then they can claim that they’re being persecuted by their kids and society, and get off on it, so win/win, right?

  • axelbeingcivil

    Couldn’t they have put this up in the classroom used to teach the given course? Seems like it’d have saved time.

    • phantomreader42

      It’s quite possible they have multiple courses teaching such lessons, in multiple rooms. And if they’d limited it to one room, the fundies would still never stop screeching.

      • axelbeingcivil

        Possibly so on the former, but, in the case of the latter, it’d be easy to shut them up by pointing out that it’s about world religions.

  • newavocation

    They need to have a big picture of Muhammad to really spice up the discussions.

  • Stevie

    I was about to become very upset that we had a post yesterday being angry at free cookies and prayers, and now we are angry that we have to take down Islamic Pillars. This article proved my first instinct very wrong. Even pointing that the school has The Last Supper displayed at some place . . . shake my head. Thank you for eloquently pointing out that world religion is an important topic to learn about. I do wonder if it would have been less obtrusive if the school had dedicated boards to all the religions they would be studying, or at the least, a list on the board: October Taoism, November Buddism, December Christianity, January Judaism, February Jainism . . . could have been less of a shock maybe.

  • http://www.everydayintheparkwithgeorge.com/ Matt Eggler

    State Rep. Dennis Hedke: “the way the school teaches about Islam glosses over some of the more unsavory aspects of the religion, such as Jihad and the annihilation of Israel.”

    I’m sure Rep. Hedke wants child rape brought up in the world religion section on Christianity right? Right?

  • observer

    Lesson 1 on how religion in America works…

    • Svelaz

      The sad thing is nobody noticed that it was a history class.

  • Svelaz

    I’m from Wichita and I can tell you that the issue sure riled up a lot of folks here. The blogs were rife with so much ignorance it was just pathetic. The majority of the complaints turned into accusations that if it was a Christian poster liberals and atheists would be howling about separation of church and state issues. It was pretty clear that many of them didn’t even bother to actually read the articles accompanied by the headlines. All they saw was school teaching Islam to kids. So much ranting and raving over nothing and no amount of explanations were sufficient. None were able to make the distinction between teaching religion and teaching about religion. It was amazing to watch all the posts and realize how ignorant Kansas is when it comes to issues such as this. So many have invested a large chunk of their emotions on such stupid issues here. It’s actually quite entertaining once you get over the reality of how much ignorance pervades this state.

    • MisterTwo

      ” to be descriptive, not prescriptive.”

      The school needed to dumb down their response. The words are too big, so the complainers didn’t understand what they were saying.

  • Mario Strada

    I made the mistake of visiting the facebook page for this lovely group of people.

    I really don’t like Islam and I especially don’t like muslim fundies. But I have to admit that after reading some of the ignorance gathering in that FB page, I felt kinship with whomever was the target of their bigotry.

    These people are despicable, poisonous, crazy. It honestly scares me that some of them could live in my own neighborhood.

    • Buckley

      Which begs the question: “What’s the difference between our Fundies and their Fundies?” Not much; and that bit of irony is lost on the dimwits of this nation. Freedom of Religion is supposed to be the attempt to prevent religious-fueled wars based on one wanting to be more dominant. But Fundies don’t get that.

  • SeekerLancer

    Got to love how they leave out the context in order to piss people off.

    Not that many of them would understand or feel any better about the context anyway.

  • VCP

    Take Back America should really learn to spell Wichita when talking about a skool.

  • Thin-ice

    C’mon fellow atheists, let’s be consistent!

    Hemant is getting mad at conservative Christians for doing exactly the same thing that we atheists would do if the hallway display said “Christianity – the Four Spiritual Laws”.

    Kind of feels hypocritical to me. But I might be wrong . . .

    • phantomreader42

      Did you read anything at all about the context? Or the fact that the same school has a christian display that the fundies pretended wasn’t there so they could flog their fatwah envy? No, of course you didn’t, that would require you to care more about the facts than about finding an excuse to scream GOTCHA!

    • Mario Strada

      Yes, you are wrong. Read the article, put it in context. No one here has ever been upset about a school that studies religion. Heck, we want them to study the religions of the world.

      What we cannot accept is when Christianity is the only religion being studied and that happens in science class.

      • Thin-ice

        I don’t recall anything in the article that talked about Christianity being taught in a science class.

        I agree that the Christians are being totally hypocritical, wanting the Islam display removed and who would think it great if was a Bible display or similar. But still, we atheists shouldn’t be calling for the display to remain in place as an example of scholastic study of religion, and then object if the school administration made a display of Bible teachings (“pillars of Christianity” if you will), and called it a “scholastic study of religion”. You can’t have it both ways.

    • UWIR

      Atheists would respond with bigotry and outright lies? “The Four Spiritual Laws” is a tract written by an evangelical. It is not a part of Christianity in general. Furthermore, it is a theological, proselytizing tract, as opposed to this poster, which focuses on Islamic practice, rather than theology. Finally, no reasonable observer could view the Islam poster as endorsing Islam. You simply can’t present a valid analogy, because there’s no part of Christianity that is as basic as Five Pillars are to Islam that the vast majority of Americans aren’t familiar with. If someone walks up to me and says “Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin”, I’m going to assume that they think I don’t know that, and want me to know. If someone walks up to me says “It’s dangerous to walk around with untied shoes”, I’m not going to assume that they think I don’t know that, because it would be absurd to think that I don’t know that. Therefore, there must be some further intent in saying that. Such as that it’s an oblique way to tell me that my shoes are untied. If someone says “A central tenet of Islam is that Muhammed was a prophet”. the obvious interpretation of that is “This person wants us to know that Muslims believe that Muhammed was prophet”. When someone says “A central tenet of Christianity is that one must believe in Jesus to go to heaven”, the intent clearly is not they want me to know that a central tenet of Christianity is that one must believe in Jesus to go to heaven. I already know that, they know I know that. The intent is clearly something else, such as to express disapproval of my not believing in Jesus. One can’t simply ignore context, and pretend that any statement about a religion that isn’t being imposed on other people in this country is the same as a statement about a religion that is being imposed on other people in this country, just as one can’t pretend that a poster about various accomplishments of women or minorities would have the same meaning as a “Here’s all the things white men have accomplished” poster.

      If a German class has a German flag, the intent is clearly not to claim the classroom for Germany. A poster about Islam is clearly not an attempt to claim the school for Islam. A poster about Christianity, though, can very easily be perceived, and be intended, as trying to claim the school for Christianity.

  • Jim

    Why are fundies retarded? Do they not understand that STUDYING THEOLOGY is NOT the same as proselytizing? Oh right, because ‘murica is a christian nation founded by jesus himself and no other religion in the history of mankind even deserves to be acknowledged. Fear-mongering, xenophobic idiots. What’s the difference between a muslim saying “allah akbar” and blowing up a building and a christian soldier saying “jesus, guide my laser guided bomb” from an Apache? No difference..

  • CanadianNihilist

    “The Wichita Eagle reports that the school, unfortunately, took down the display after the negative attention”

    why unfortunately? It was a religious display in a public school. Takeing it down was the right thing to do and this can now be used against christian displays that go up in schools. They can no longer say they would be fine with other religions putting up displays.

    • Whirlwitch

      “Unfortunately” because:

      1. It wasn’t a religious display that professed a faith, it was an educational display that was part of learning about a religion objectively. Objective education belongs in schools.

      2. Learning about other religions objectively allows cross-comparison and encourages analytical thinking.

      3. For the majority-Christian students at the school, learning that three of the pillars of Islam – monotheism, prayer and charitable giving – are very similar to core tenets of their own religion suggests that Muslims are people like themselves, rather than a demonic unknowable Other, and helps fight the idea that Muslim=bad, Christian= good and the One True Religion.

      4. By caving, the school is bowing to the wishes of right-wingers who hold and wish to promote the biases I mentioned in point three.

  • Axel Cho

    Such things do not belong to school, that I agree, any more than cross or swastikas. One bunch of fairy tales is as bad as another bunch, even when this bunch is ‘minority’ and ‘persecuted’ etc.

  • UWIR

    There was an earlier FA post about Facebook taking down a poster criticizing Mormonism, although there were some questions as to how accurate the people who put up the image were being. But assuming that Facebook did take down the poster, why are they allowing flat-out lies and bigotry?

  • Atheistiana

    My son’s charter school used Core Knowledge curriculum and did a very small section each of the first 4 years discussing the major world religions. They never went into much detail but it was discussed as part of the social studies portion of the day. I thought it was fabulous! Other parents, not so much… that’s why it was just a few minutes of one day for each section… except Christianity, which warranted a week of exploration. That is NOT how Core Knowledge is supposed to be presented but there wasn’t much we could do about it at the time (2005).

  • ANONY

    Real education is the enemy of religious indoctrination. Xtians know this, we know this. Xtians don’t want schools to be teaching ABOUT religion, especially if they are teaching about multiple/other religions, especially if that teaching is anything other than “Xtians are good, all others are evil”. They get angry and upset when anyone expects (public) schools to not proselytize Xtianity, and at the same same turn around and get angry and upset when they present any information that contradicts their demonizing of other religious.They do not recognize a middle ground, as they know that a middle ground of “neutrality” and fact-based education will eventually destroy religion.

    I’d love to see what they did if the display had been segmented into similarly-sized areas for each of the major world religions (including one for humanism), and similar types and amounts of information about each. I would LOVE to see what types of attacks they could come up with that would not apply to the Xtian portion as equally as to the others. Either that or enjoy watching their heads explode as they tried to.

  • Robster

    Christians making things up, wow that’ll never happen…err…

  • Bdole

    the more unsavory aspects of the religion, such as Jihad and the annihilation of Israel.

    Yes, a fundamental tenet of Islam is the annihilation of a country that had ceased to exist 600 years before the Koran was written and didn’t come back into being until over a thousand years after.
    And, of course, the Bible never talks about any kind of religiously inspired warfare.

  • georgina

    I am amazed that no one thought to fill in the 5 pillars with “grovelling”, “terrorism”,”Misogyny” etc.

  • Bill Santagata

    It’s perfectly fine for the school to put the display up later this fall when they actually teach the unit, but it was inappropriate for them to put this up weeks to months before they actually got to it. I’m glad it was taken down and that it will be put up at a more appropriate time.


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