Sunday, July 23, 2017

Isis in America

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A Virginia school district had to cancel classes and a holiday concert performance earlier this month after a class assignment incited the rage of all the parents.

Parents are calling for the teacher who created the assignment to be fired. The Staunton, Virginia school has been rocked by a worksheet that had students reprint in Arabic a Muslim statement of faith. What was intended to be a “calligraphy” lesson, had the children copy down the Shahada. The statement is the same as the one printed on the flag ISIS waves.

It translates to: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

While the phrase is prolific in Islamic art and is recited during daily prayer, parents are banding together to stand against how damaging the exercise could be.

The administration is claiming that the worksheet came from instructional materials that also had Christian and Jewish examples.

Tens of thousands of emails and Facebook posts have made enough of a stir that the Superintendent, Eric Bond, said there is “a risk of harm to school officials”.

The teacher is worried about her family and she, the principal, as well as Bond have been assigned security from the sheriff’s department.

While support for the teacher and the school has arisen, some parents are ready to take the issue to court. One mother, Kimberly Herndon, said of the teacher, “She gave up the Lord’s time. She gave it up and gave it to Muhammad.”

The school has said that it will use a non-religious example in the future and that the assignment was just to “demonstrate” the complexity of written Arabic.

The Virginia Board of Education requires that students learn about world religions and Islamic culture. But a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Education has said that the assignment was not from state materials.

What do you think? Did the parents overreact?

META: One teacher is in a lot of hot water over her lesson choice.

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Federal authorities released earlier this month that a 19 year old boy in Pennsylvania pledged allegiance to ISIS.

He had used social media to spread propaganda supporting the Islamic State and materials confiscated from his home suggested that he, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, was up to more than just retweeting anti-American sentiments.

Among the items found at Aziz’ home was a “go bag” containing a loaded high-capacity magazine, a thumb drive, a modified kitchen knife, a tin filled with medicine, and a face mask bearing striking resemblance to the ones worn by ISIS.

Federal authorities believe that he may have been plotting an attack. The criminal complaint can be quoted as saying that Aziz may have been, “preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States”.

Aziz used 57 different Twitter accounts to advocate for violence against American military and citizens, and to disseminate ISIS propaganda. All of which were traced back to his parents’ home, where he lived. Each time one account was suspended, he made another.

He was also connected to trying to aid others with travel to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. Aziz even promoted himself as someone who could arrange travel, “on behalf of ISIL”.

Aziz has been arrested and charged with two counts of attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

The craziest part? The Harrisburg Mayor, Eric Pepenfuse told media outlets that the city was aware of Aziz! He stated, “at no point was public safety in jeopardy”. What?! Good thing the feds stepped in.


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