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Augusta County Schools Closed Due to Calligraphy Assignment Reaction (Arabic) AND Let's sing Allahu Akbar

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Augusta County Schools and all administrative offices will be closed Friday, December 17, 2015.

Following parental objections to the World Geography curriculum and ensuing related media coverage, the school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area. As a result of those communications, the Sheriff's Office and the school division coordinated to increase police presence at Augusta County schools and to monitor those communications. The communications have significantly increased in volume today and based on concerns regarding the tone and content of those communications, Sheriff Fisher and Dr. Bond mutually decided schools and school offices will be closed on Friday, December 18, 2015. While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015. All extra-curricular activities are likewise cancelled for tonight, Thursday, December 17, through the weekend. We regret having to take this action, but we are doing so based on the recommendations of law enforcement and the Augusta County School Board out of an abundance of caution.

Finally, the Augusta County School Board and Dr. Bond appreciate parents bringing concerns directly to our attention, and a constructive and respectful dialogue between school and community is always welcome. As we have emphasized, no lesson was designed to promote a religious viewpoint or change any student's religious belief. Although students will continue to learn about world religions as required by the state Board of Education and the Commonwealth's Standards of Learning, a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future.

 

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http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Augusta-County-Schools-Closed-Due-to-Calligraphy-Assignment-Reaction-362859901.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Charlottesville_Newsplex_-_CBS19__ABC16__FOX27

Really? What is going on with these people trying to do this kind of thing!? Why can't they learn calligraphy in freaking English? 

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Parents Question Choice To Sing ‘Allahu Akbar’ At Holiday Concert

 

BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — Some parents in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are questioning a choir teacher’s decision to use a song about Ramadan performed in Arabic at a holiday concert.

At Thursday night’s concert at Blaine High School, one of the songs students will be singing includes Arabic words, including the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great.”

Christian and Jewish songs will be performed as well, but the Ramadan song is getting all the attention.

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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/12/17/parents-question-choice-to-sing-allahu-akbar-at-holiday-concert/

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Who cares about world religions? This is America, dammit. and was built by Italians, Germans, The English, Scots and the Irish. They were mostly Christians with some Jews here and there. Next!

If you Ramadan people can't get with the Christian program maybe your kids shouldn't be enrolled in school because this is America, dammit, not Muslim-America, not African-America or Mexican-America.

Did I mention that this is America, Dammit?

Edit: I forgot the French but I was formerly married to a frenchy so I tend to forget about them. :biggrin:

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Oh, they are probably worried about the Poor Muslim children. Did you guys know the "Allahu Akbar" means something slightly Different than "God is great" Yup. It is an invective, and not used the same way as praise god at all. It translates better as "MY god is Greater than Yours". Therefore it's technically only used to put down the beliefs of Others, even if said by itself. So it is Not to be afforded the same just ignoring, oh, just a saying as "good god" or such at all.

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