A seventh grade class in Acton, California has felt the reach of Sharia law trickle down into their classroom.
According to Fox news, the class was given an assignment about the origins and rise of Islam. The assignment called for the students to draw Muhammad.
One of the student’s parents complained to the school about the assignment. “It’s not appropriate to have our children go to school and learn how to insult a religious group,” the parent said. The parent did not reveal their religion when complaining about the assignment.
The one complaint was all it took for the district to cave in and ban all further assignments that relate to drawing any religious figure. Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Superintendent Brent Woodard said, “I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depicting any religious leader. I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and in fact was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures.”
The parent is wrong that drawing religious figures automatically means that it is an insult. Only Muslims are prohibited from drawing Muhammad under their set of religious laws. However, that has not stopped Islamic terrorists from attacking people of all cultures and religions for depicting the religious figure. The French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was terrorized by fanatical gunmen in January for a series of Muhammad depictions.
Two Muslim gunmen were killed before they could attack the participants of a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Texas in May of this year.
Unfortunately due to the rise of extremism, it is probably for the best that the school decided to curb the artistic expression as to not give terrorists a reason to target children. However, it is a sad day when freedom is willingly sacrificed for safety.