Muslim parents and teachers are struggling with how to talk to their children about Donald Trump, according to an article published Wednesday in the Washington Post.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Among all the parents and teachers struggling to explain this campaign to their children, Muslim Americans have perhaps the hardest job. What do you tell your child when the Republican front-runner says on TV, “I think Islam hates us”?
What do you say when another challenger says police should be patrolling Muslim neighborhoods? “They are frightened by this language. They’re puzzled by it. It’s destabilizing the emotions of these young children who are trying to fit in and to be proud,” said Salahuddeen Abdul Kareem, who teaches at the Muslim private school Alim Academy in Potomac, Md. “They’re troubled. How can adults act in such a way?” [/pullquote]
Perhaps therein lies the issue – they are NOT trying to “fit in and be proud” – many of these children are being educated in Muslim private schools, under their own culture and curriculum. They are being groomed under Islamic law, but encouraged to enter American politics:
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] For instance, when then-candidate Ben Carson said a Muslim couldn’t be president without rejecting sharia law, Kareem asked the students how that held up against their own knowledge of Islamic teaching. “He hasn’t had lesson 101 in sharia law,” Kareem said about Carson. He helped the students reach their own conclusion, that a Muslim could indeed be president. [/pullquote]
The Washington Post relates the impressions of teenage girls at an Islamic girls’ school in Springfield, VA, who see Trump as a comedian, and the debates as something people watch when they want to hear jokes.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]And so at Al-Qalam Academy, an all-girls secondary school, on a recent morning, beneath drawings of some of the traditional 99 names of Allah in girlish polka dots and pastels, nine teenagers in headscarves scribbled intently in their journals. Tarar was one of two real high schoolers in the room who will be 18 years old and thus able to vote in November. But all of them feel strongly about participating in politics.[/pullquote]
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