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FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM DISPLAY REMOVED FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER VIRAL PHOTO RESULTED IN NATIONWIDE BACKLASH

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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School administrators have removed a large, controversial illustration of the Five Pillars of Islam, after a picture of the display went viral over the weekend and drew unwanted attention to the school.

According to the school district, the controversial Islamic illustration at Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary school was supposed to help students understand one of the major religions of the world. Images from other religions, including an image of the Last Supper, were also displayed in other areas of the school.

However, the photo of the Islam illustration (shown below), was reportedly posted on a conservative Facebook page over the weekend, entitled “Prepare to Take America Back,” which has has 130k “likes,” without mention of the other displays, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Islam Display

This photo of the Five Pillars of Islam Display ignited a nationwide controversy. (Image provided by Fox News)

“Students at Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichata (sic) Kansas were met with this their frist day of school,” the page’s caption reportedly read. “This is a school that banned all forms of Christian prayer. … This can not stand.”

The photo has since been reportedly shared thousands of times on Facebook and posted on several conservative leaning websites sparking a nationwide controversy.

While school officials have removed the controversial display, they insisted in a statement released Monday that the picture took their intention out of context.

“A photo taken of a bulletin board without context is misleading and some have taken it out of context without having all the information,” a statement released by the school district, and obtained by TheBlaze, said.

“The school does not promote or proselytize any religion,” the statement continued. “Christianity, Judiasm, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam are all taught in a historical context of their study of the world to understand the place of religion and religous ideas in history.”


“The students at Minneha have received these lessons for years,” the statement added.

letter sent to parents echoed these comments.

“Unfortunately, a photo of this bulletin board has been posted in an online forum without appropriate representation of the historical context in which it was to be used,” it said.

The letter added the school district removed the photo to “alleviate the distraction” it has caused, after receiving “numerous phone calls, e-mails, and media inquiries.”

A spokesperson for the school also reportedly told The Wichita Eagle that Wichita schools have not banned Christian prayer, as the “Prepare to Take America Back” Facebook page alleged in its post.

(H/T: Fox News Radio)

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by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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FFS...this photo went viral?  America really is in the shitter when this is deemed worthy of ...well anything!!

PamR
by Pam on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

That's sad.  It just shows that ignorance and bigotry still exist in this country.  Not a great lesson to teach children.

rfurlongg
by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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Ridiculous. Education should not be governed by the ire of the interwebs.
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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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“The school does not promote or proselytize any religion,” the statement continued. “Christianity, Judiasm, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam are all taught in a historical context of their study of the world to understand the place of religion and religous ideas in history.”

There you have it.  Score 1 for the ignorami.

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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Did they take down the other religious displays? Only removing the Islamic one is ridiculous. All or nothing....
Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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This is stupid, if people bothered to look at it in context and not freak out over Islam. If one comes down, all religious displays should. It's a shame the school felt they needed to cave to ignorance.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

That was a pretty sad display for Islam too. Christians get the last supper and Islam gets a couple of cut, white pieces of paper? 

PamR
by Pam on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM


Good question.

Quoting Luvnlogic:

Did they take down the other religious displays? Only removing the Islamic one is ridiculous. All or nothing....



GLWerth
by Gina on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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So, to recap: a course of study on world religions shouldn't include Islam because Christian Conservatives find it to be inappropriate.

Dumbassery at its finest.

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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Heaven forbid children should learn anything but the distorted version of Christianity that teaches people to hate everyone not like themselves.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with teaching religion from an academic standpoint as long as you aren't telling the kids to think this or that.  I don't see how anyone could possibly understand history without having some background on religion.

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