Lessons on Islam being taught in American public schools that is also funded by the U.S. Department of Education crosses the line from academics to indoctrination and should be pulled, according to the Christian Action Network.
The “Access Islam” program is for students in grades 5 through 12 and includes 10 lessons plans in the curriculum, which was initiated in 2005 by former President George W. Bush and expanded by the Obama administration.
CAN has retained the law firm of Carroll, Ucker and Hemmer, LLC and they have contacted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, as well as Paula Kerger (Public Broadcasting Service) and Michael Drake (Ohio State University), demanding that the program end since it is in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits the use of public monies to promote religion.
Both PBS and OSU operate multiple websites that supply lesson plans and materials for teachers for “Access Islam.”
The written communication read, “The nature of the materials and the lack of any similar materials for other religions such as Judaism, Christianity or Hinduism demonstrate the Establishment Clause violation, because there can be no argument that the materials are for comparative educational purposes. The materials are accordingly offensive not only to our clients, but offensive to the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.”
The “Access Islam” curriculum includes 10 lesson plans, including the “Five Pillars of Islam;” “Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life;” “Ramadan Observance;” “Quran: Sacred Scripture of Islam;” “The Haji: Journey to Mecca;” “Islam in America;” and “Women in Islam.”
The following video includes clips of what students are taught in U.S. public schools, teaching them “how to be a good Muslim.”
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