Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tennessee School Visits Mosque, No Time for Church

After Sumner County, Tennessee parents adamantly complained, the new Hendersonville High School policy forbids any field trips, of any kind, to religious sites.  As part of a World Studies class, students were taken to the Islamic Center of Nashville and given Korans.  Students who refused an alternate indoctrination lesson were given a "zero grade."
“Someone needs to be held accountable. They are our children – not theirs.”
-- Mike Conner, parent
For background, read Public School Trip to Mosque in Massachusetts, Students Pray and also read Islam Favored over Christianity in Florida Textbook

In addition, read Allah Worshiped in Memphis Church and also in Virginia Methodist Church

-- From "School receives backlash after student field trip to mosque" by Nadia Ramdass, WATE-TV6 (Knoxville) 9/18/13

. . . parents were outraged that the trip did not include stops at a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue for a better understanding of each religion.

Following the backlash, Sumner County Schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson released a statement which said, in part, "After receiving a parent complaint regarding field trip locations, our district has reviewed the practice and decided to eliminate field trips to religious venues from this class, as it does not provide equal representation to all the religions studied in the course unit."

It continued, "This decision was made due to the fact that equal representation in regards to field trips for all religions studied in the course is not feasible. Per our district policy, the student who requested to not participate in the field trip was given a suitable alternative assignment that was agreed upon by both the teacher and parent."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Students Take Field Trip to Mosque, Receive Koran" by Todd Starnes, 9/17/13

“If you can’t go to all five [local religious sites], why are you going to any?” asked parent Mike Conner. “We sent the principal an email and voiced our concerns. She sent back a reply and told us they could not afford to go to all five.”

Children were given punch and cookies at the mosque where they listened to readings from the Koran, Conner said. They were also given copies of the Islamic holy book – which some students took and others declined.

During their visit to the Hindu temple, students engaged in meditation.

“Our kids are being indoctrinated and this is being shoved in their face,” Conner told Fox News. “It tells me they are pushing other religions and they want Christianity to take a back seat. They want our children to be tolerant of everything except Christianity.”

Conner told Fox News his 14-year-old stepdaughter Jessica decided not to attend the trip. So her teachers instructed her to write a paper comparing and contrasting the Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths. That’s when his daughter noticed something strange.

“There was one page on the sayings of Jesus, two-thirds of a page on the sayings of Gandhi, and five pages on Muhammed,” Conner said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Hollywood, Cure for Islamophobia: Katie Couric