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OH NO - NOT "ISLAMIC TOLERANCE"!!!! The HORROR

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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Tenn. Man Says Daughter's Teacher Promoted 'Islamic Tolerance'

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Students in Hendersonville High School's world studies class will no longer be allowed to take field trips to religious venues.
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A Tennessee school district has cancelled some field trips to religious venues after a parent complained that a teacher was pushing "Islamic tolerance" on students.

Mike Conner, 46, of Hendersonville, Tenn., told ABC News that he felt his 14-year-old step daughter's teacher was intentionally giving Islam a greater emphasis than other religions in her Honors World Studies curriculum. The popular elective at the suburban Nashville school with 1,500 students examines five major world religions but only schedules field trips to two houses of worship - a mosque and a Hindu temple.

"I sent an email to the school principal asking her why they aren't visiting all five," Conner said. "She told me, 'We don't have the money to go all five.' If you don't have the money, why are you going to two? No matter which ones you pick, you're showing preferential treatment to those two, whichever two it is."

The school, said it eliminated the field trips to houses of worship because "equal representation in regards to field trips for all religions studied is not feasible," Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson said in a statement.

Johnson told ABC News that the World Studies teacher was not penalized by the school.

Conner's daughter and one other student opted out of the trip, Conner said. His step daughter was given an alternative assignment to complete but felt it too heavily focused on Islam and she declined to complete it.

"She wrote [on the assignment], 'Due to the surplus of information on Muhammad and Islam, and the lack information on Christ and Gandhi, I can't complete the assignment," Conner said.

He added later, "To me, I perceive that the teacher looked at it and said, 'These people clearly have a problem with Islam. I'm going to push Islamic tolerance on their child.'"

Saleh Sbenaty, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a board member of the Islamic Center for Murfreesboro, told ABC News that the school's decision to halt the trips was surprising.

"The school has been doing these trips for years," he said. "Students go to temples, synagogues and churches. That did not even raise any concerns, except for when the school started to visit and Islamic Center. That's where the parents have objectives."

Sbenaty said the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro often hosts students from schools within the area, and that the school's decision may make it "difficult for students to learn about other cultures, faiths and traditions in the face of this close scrutiny."

"It's an ongoing struggle, unfortunately," he said.

The Islamic Center of Nashville, where the field trip took place, did not return ABC News' requests for comment.

The Sumner County school district has come under fire before for introducing religion in schools. In May 2011, the district was sued by the ACLU of Tennessee for promoting "the pattern and practice of school-sponsored religious activities" - including leading students in prayer and Bible sudy sessions, according to a news release. A settlement was reached in December of that year.

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furbabymum
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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 You known I hate how stupid some people are. Of course they are giving Islam more emphasis. It's being EMPHASISED DAILY! So obviously teachers want to spend more time teaching the facts about something kids hear about daily.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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 hmm...they didn't mind the Hindu Temple..of "Hindu Tolerance"...

 

The school has been doing these trips for years," he said. "Students go to temples, synagogues and churches. That did not even raise any concerns, except for when the school started to visit and Islamic Center. That's where the parents have objectives."

 

and they had NO issue with THIS

The Sumner County school district has come under fire before for introducing religion in schools. In May 2011, the district was sued by the ACLU of Tennessee for promoting "the pattern and practice of school-sponsored religious activities" - including leading students in prayer and Bible study sessions, according to a news release. A settlement was reached in December of that year.

 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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I think another reason why they those two religions is because those are what most people are least familiar with.

crrodgers29
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM
they're doing 2 field trips, why not visit a couple each time so they're setting then all and not " singling" anything out.
SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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Probably nothing to do with the fact that Islam has been at war with civilized society since Muhammad was raping children.

parentalrights1
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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There needs to be emphasis on the group facing so much persecution and racism in this country

I wouldn't feel sorry for parents who wanted to teach white supremacy to their kids whose teachers taught tolerance and I don't feel sorry for this guy
12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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So why did they not go to a Synagogue?
Quoting parentalrights1:

There needs to be emphasis on the group facing so much persecution and racism in this country

I wouldn't feel sorry for parents who wanted to teach white supremacy to their kids whose teachers taught tolerance and I don't feel sorry for this guy

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

 They only had funds for two trips they chose a mosque and a Hundu temple. Probbaly because these kids have SEEN a church and some a synagogue

This school district got in trouble for leading Bible studies. They didn't lead Koran teachings, did they?

Quoting 12hellokitty:

So why did they not go to a Synagogue?

Quoting parentalrights1:

There needs to be emphasis on the group facing so much persecution and racism in this country

I wouldn't feel sorry for parents who wanted to teach white supremacy to their kids whose teachers taught tolerance and I don't feel sorry for this guy

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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 Islam is at war with no one

is Catholicism at war with civilized society since they knowingly harbored pedophiles and provided them with new victims?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

Probably nothing to do with the fact that Islam has been at war with civilized society since Muhammad was raping children.

 

EntrepeneurMom
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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I don't think the reputation of Islam will ever recover from 9/11. People are afraid of Muslims because of the damage done by extremists. I admit I know very little about Islam but I know it has many similarities with Christianity, including a message of love.
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