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Today I want to cover some news that comes out of the UK. This news takes us back to a letter that was sent out on November 20, 2013 from a primary school in Staffordshire in the UK. I used to live in Staffordshire. My children were young at that time and attended the public schools there.
I find this story quite interesting, first because to the subject matter, and secondly because of my personal attachment to this area. Our Bible College was about two or three miles from this primary school.
Parents received a letter from the Headmistress, Lynn Small, telling the parents that their children would be going to a “multicultural community event” and they were going to visit a Mosque.
I want you to imagine that your child attends this school and that you received this letter.
Personally, I think it is good to be educated in the different cultures of the world. I think this is one thing that is lacking in American education.
The third paragraph is the part of the letter that is so alarming. It says that if your children don’t attend they will have a “Racial Discrimination Note” attached to their school records and that it will remain as long as they are in the schools system. They are told that they must send their children because the school has a “statutory requirement.” This requires them to expose the children to different religions, including both Christianity and Islam.
It goes on to say that all absences on this day will be investigated and only those that have a sick note from a General Practitioner will be accepted. If your child didn’t show up in school and the school called to ask why, your word that your child was sick would not be enough, you would need a note from your doctor.
You can read more about this here.
Let me give you some background on this. As I said earlier I used to live in Staffordshire and my kids went to the public school there. Our daughter, Tiffany, was about 10 at the time, and the school wanted to send her to, I think it was a Hindu or a Seik temple. We weren’t comfortable with that and didn’t want her to go on that trip. We do want our children to be exposed to the various religions of the world, but I don’t trust the bias of the educational system to give them that exposure. We declined to allow Tiffany to go to this event.
My wife talked to the teacher, and boy did my wife get an ear full. She belittled my wife. She made it clear that we were racists, we were intolerant, all the labels came out. This was pretty much the end of our daughter’s public school education. From that point on we chose to home-school our children.
This is not limited to the UK, it is also happening here in the US. The following is a quote from an article on Fox News published September 23, 2013. The article is entitled “Tennessee school ends mosque, temple field trips after parent outrage.”
A suburban Nashville school district is tweaking its popular world studies course after at least one student’s parent objected that all five religions studied in the class were not given equal representation.
The Tennessean reports Hendersonville High School officials in Hendersonville, Tenn., canceled future field trips to local houses of worship once Mike Connor – the stepfather of a freshman student – complained students only visited a mosque and Hindu temple this year, rather than those of all five religions studied.
“If you can’t share equal time to all five, you shouldn’t do any of them,” Connor reportedly said at a school meeting last month. “If we as parents don’t begin speaking up, no one will.”
The decade-old, 36-week-long world studies course, an elective, reportedly includes a three-week examination of world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
In prior years, students typically visited a Jewish synagogue, a Hindu temple and a Muslim mosque, according to the Tennessean. A school board member noted during the recent hubbub there was neither sufficient time nor funding to visit all five houses of worship.
After the most recent field trip – held on Sept. 4 – Hendersonville High School officials sided with Connor.
In another example, which dates back to September 17, 2010, a school got I all kinds of trouble after sending their children on a field trip to a mosque. In an article entitled “School Apologizes After Students Pray to Allah on Field Trip to Mosque” we find that a Massachusetts school district has apologized to parents after a group of schoolchildren participated in midday Muslim prayers during a field trip to a Boston-area mosque.
The incident occurred in May when a social studies class from Wellesley Middle School toured the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, one of the largest mosques in the Northeast.
Parents were told their children would be learning about the architecture of a mosque and they would be allowed to observe a prayer service. But the students wound up being given a lecture on the Prophet Muhammad, and some boys participated in a midday prayer service.
The field trip was videotaped by a parent whose child was on the trip. At one point, the video shows a spokeswoman for the mosque telling students, “You have to believe in Allah, and Allah is the one God, the only one worthy of worship, all forgiving, all merciful.”
In these examples we see the agenda of Muslims in the West. I don’t have a problem with our children being exposed to different religions, even Islam. What I am opposed to is indoctrination in Islam.
It is the responsibility of parents to control what they allow their children to be exposed to. If there is something the school wants to teach your children that concerns you, make sure that you get involved and assure that it is done correctly.
I want to go back to the story about what happened in Staffordshire, England. The parents were outraged at the fact that their children would receive a permanent mark in their educational records as being one who racially discriminates.
One parent said this, “The very nature of religion is all about choice. On this occasion they were being given any choice at all. It was a draconian move and it’s left a lot of parents fuming.”
Another parent said, “It seems unfair, particularly when it is not the child’s decision whether or not he or she attends, It’s the parent’s choice.”
As a result of this parental outcry the school has reversed this. They sent out a letter the next day apologizing for their mistake. I don’t know if they canceled the event or not, but certainly the child will not receive this black mark in his educational records.
I would like to hear from you if you have had or know of any similar incidents. If you have, please email me at [email protected].
There is a lot of information on this website you can use to educate yourself and your children about Islam. There is also information about how to take the Gospel to Muslims. It is not enough to counter their offensive against the West, we must also love the Muslim, not Islam, but the Muslim, enough to reach them for Christ.
There is one more piece of exciting news I want to share with you today!
We have been telling you for a long time that we were working to get on American Family Radio, well it is finally happening. January 5th will be our first broadcast. This is exciting and we will have more information concerning this in the days to come.
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