The parents were not aware of the lesson until one of them had discovered a photograph of her 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa on Facebook. “As parents we should have been made aware this and I felt like the line had been crossed,” said one of the parents, who asked not to be identified. “Christian kids who want to pray have to do it outside of school hours – yet Islam is being taught to our kids during school hours.”
The young girl’s father wondered why the teacher was giving children lessons about Islam in a geography class. “She went from learning about Mexico to learning about Russia to learning about Islam,” he said. “Islam is not a country. Islam is not a continent.”
During the classes students went in depth studying Islamic religion and promoting Islam while Christianity was not discussed in the classroom. “The Christian perspective was not taught,” said one of the parents. “They went in-depth into Islam and I’m not comfortable with it.”
The Lumberton Independent School District released a statement defending the class. “The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems,” the statement read. “The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.”
Meanwhile Texas lawmakers have launched an investigation into the issue.
Voice of Russia, Washington Times