At a West Virginia middle school recently, seventh-grade students were given packets of homework where they were told it was mandatory to write their submission to Allah as their one true god. The purpose of the assignment was calligraphy practice.
One of the students brought home her packet to show her father, Richard Penkoski, a conservative Christian with an online ministry called Warriors for Christ. Penkoski became outraged.
According to The Christian Post, the packet went into detail about the history of Islam and the prophet Muhammed, as well as the five pillars of the religion, but what infuriated Penkoski the most was a worksheet instructing students to practice their calligraphy by writing the Shahada.
The Shahada is the Islamic profession of faith, where one declares his or her faith in the one true god and that Muhammad is the one true prophet of that god.
“I saw the assignment of writing the Shahada in Arabic. Their excuse was calligraphy,” said Penkoski. “I was like, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!’ First of all, calligraphy was invented in China 3,000 years prior to Muhammad. The fact that they were trying to get my daughter to write that disturbed me.’”
“I said, ‘That is not happening. My daughter is not doing that. My daughter told me that if she didn’t do the assignment then she was going to get a [detention] slip.”
According to The Daily Wire, Penkoski then contacted the school’s principal, Ron Branch, who contends that the teacher, Katherine Hinson, made the assignment “optional.”
But Penkoski isn’t so sure. He reasoned that other assignments and units covering Christianity and Judaism were mandatory, so why would the lesson on Islam not be?
He added that the units on Christianity and Judaism did not delve deeply into the religions but approached them from a secular point of view; conversely, the lesson on Islam covered the very words that would lead someone to convert to that religion.
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