One California Mom is furious about the homework assignment given to her son because of the religious aspect of it.
Tara Cali, a resident of Bakersfield, California, is completely disgusted that her sons homework assignment on Islam went beyond simple education. As we all know religion in public school is taught to enlighten students about the different religious beliefs practiced around the world. This is a purely educational tool and is in no way meant to persuade students towards any particular one.
However that was not the case when it came to Cali’s sons assignment. On top of having to study Muslim prayer the assignment also included listening to an actual prayer from the ‘blue mosque in Istanbul.’ Meanwhile and depiction of Jesus is forbidden on school grounds.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union the act of teaching religion in school should be limited to a purely educational output. Is that what happened here? Well that’s certainly not how Tara Cali felt and she made sure to leave the teacher a note details exactly how she felt about this assignment.
“My son WILL not be a part of this in any sort of way. This is bad teaching material. He will NOT partake, If you have a problem with it, call our lawyer.”
Schools have the right to teach children about the religions of the world, they cannot “advance particular religious beliefs” upon their students. The American Civil Liberties Union goes on to describe the role of school’s teaching religion as “The school’s approach to religion is academic, not devotional.”