Two boys were reportedly given detention last week after they refused to pray to Allah during a religious education class at a school in Cheshire, England. Parents are livid over the "practical demonstration" of how Muslims worship and the discipline meted out to the youngsters:
One, Sharon Luinen, said: "This isn't right, it's taking things too far. I understand that they have to learn about other religions. I can live with that but it is taking it a step too far to be punished because they wouldn't join in Muslim prayer.
"Making them pray to Allah, who isn't who they worship, is wrong and what got me is that they were told they were being disrespectful."
Another parent Karen Williams, 38, whose 12-year-old daughter is a classmate of the boys, said: "I am absolutely furious my daughter was made to take part in it and I don't find it acceptable."
Following a short film, the teacher inquired whether any students had water. Upon procuring a bottle from one of them, she washed her feet as Muslims do. She then removed prayer mats from a cupboard and had the students don Islamic headgear before asking them to kneel.
This incident is just the latest case of Islamic culture and religious rituals being incorporated into public school lessons. Examples include "faith-based role-playing" and recitation of Islamic prayers at a California school; a primary school in Britain ordering both teachers and pupils to live as Muslims for a day and wear ethnic garb; and students in New Hampshire creating a "Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community" — complete with gender segregation.
The Islamist agenda appears in other forms as well. During a recent assembly led by the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Texas junior high school students were taught that "Allah is God for all human beings" and that both the Torah and Gospels are "books of Allah." Moreover, textbooks frequently present sanitized versions of Islam; one text commonly used in California schools describes jihad as Muslims working to "protect themselves from harm" and to "convince others to take up worthy causes."
Worse, several U.S. public schools function as de facto Islamic institutions. The Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a taxpayer-funded charter school in Minnesota, features halal food, Ramadan fasting, and prayer assemblies. In addition, the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, New York, has come under fire for its distinctly Islamic outlook and dubious administrators.
Thus concludes today's lesson on how Islamists and multiculturalists will stop at nothing to drill their worldview into the minds of children. Our homework is to thwart their aims at every turn.