Tennessee Legislators File Bill “To Stop Islamic Religious Indoctrination In Tennessee Schools”

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Three state legislators  from northeast Tennessee have filed a bill they say will stop Islamic religious indoctrination in school. Per the law, it will allow teachers to teach religion in class but forbid outright proselytizing. This comes in response to multiple complaints from parents that schools were asking students to do assignments such as writing “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” Via The Chattanoogan:

“No one has a problem with world religions being taught from a historical perspective. The problem is that right now in Tennessee, the standards are so broad they open the door to proselytizing our public school students. While other bills have been filed in an attempt to fix this problem, this piece of legislation has real teeth, and we believe it will be a giant step forward in fixing this important issue.”

“I did not fight radical Islam in Iraq just to come home and find our children being indoctrinated,” Rep. Van Huss said.

Under the newly filed House Bill 1905, any inclusion of religion in textbooks, instructional materials, curriculum, or academic standards can only be for educational purposes and are strictly prohibited from being used to promote or establish any religion or religious belief.

The Bill, SB 1905, can be accessed here. It is being sponsored by Reps. Matthew Hill, Timothy Hill, and Micah Van Huss.

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  • Jeff Benton

    Personally, I believe that the indoctrination in our schools goes way beyond just indoctrinating our kids into believing islam is ok… It is much much worse… It reaches into their impressionable hearts and twists simple truths into causes that lead them into slavery…
    Dont believe me???
    Just go ask 10 teenagers if they think the entire world should be taxed to pay for ecological issues…
    7 to 10 of them will tell you yes…
    Slavery…
    Pure and simple…

    The system set up called society is way evil and regular folks cant or wont see it because it is the only system they can see how to make a living in…

    Jesus Christ set up another system long before he was born in Bethlehem…
    Today we call it Church…
    And that is why Schools generally despise the Christian Churches and paint them as radical hotbeds of insanity…

    The System we as humans have set up is completely at odds with the ideals of Jesus Christ…
    Heck, even a lot of the folks in our churches are at odds with those same ideals…

    Dont believe me???
    Just take a good hard look at how graduation from the public school system is revered in our Churches…

    • richinnameonly

      It’s sad, but my observation for the past few years is that people in and just coming out of school don’t know much beyond music, movies and i-phones. And, of course, the schools say they need more money. They actually need less money, no unions, and course content true to history and minus the liberal BS.

  • ace

    I don’t think this bill will solve the problem. Because Islam is divided against itself, I cannot conceive of a neutral way to teach religion (without an adherent of the religion suing that you are misrepresenting their faith – even when you are telling the truth. Furthermore, we cannot allow Islam to only be taught by Muslims because that would constitute an endorsement, nor should the curriculum be required to have approval by Muslims). Islam is not compatible with democracy because it does not believe in separation of church and state. For example: http://aljumuah.com/separation-of-church-and-state-secularism-dr-jaafar-idris/

    “…For Muslims, the term dîn, roughly translated ‘religion,’ does not refer only to a collection of beliefs and rituals, but it refers also to a way of life which includes all values, behaviors, and details of living. Secularism cannot be a solution for countries with a Muslim majority or even a sizeable minority, for it requires people to replace their God-given beliefs with an entirely different set of man-made beliefs. Separation of dîn and state is not an option for Muslims because it requires us to abandon Allah’s decree for that of man..” [emphasis mine]

  • ace

    Meanwhile, “New Push To Add 2 More Holidays To City’s Municipal Calendar To Honor Islamic Faith” http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/01/18/new-push-underway-to-add-2-more-holidays-to-citys-municipal-calendar-to-honor-islamic-faith/

    “Starting this year, New York City public schools will have two additional days off to account for the Muslim observance of Eid. This week, hundreds in Philadelphia will be rallying around city council to do the same…The two holidays, which would mean a day off for all, fall on different days each year. A five-year calendar has been presented to the city”

  • Kamau41

    Looks like this bill that the Tennessee Legislators adopted is a powerhouse. Hopefully, this will serve as a model for similar bills to be passed nationally.

  • ChiRho

    Im glad the legislators are concerned and trying to do something, but this bill doesnt have teeth. It’s just restating what is commonly understood to be the law in the US. If anything, it could be used against Christians easily. The problem isnt lack of laws prohibiting prosylzation, it’s corruption. Leftists in government, academia, etc. have double standards. They ignore some laws to promote what agendas they want, then when someone with a different agenda does the same thing they attempt to come down on those people with the full force of the law, and even go beyond what the law should have the power to do. More laws wont solve our current problems. Balanced enforcement is a better start. Justice is not blind and hasnt been for quite a while. That is a big problem.
    The other problem is mushy Christians. Nobody wants to get angry. They confuse being nice with being good, and being mean with being bad. Righteous anger has its place. If it doesnt make you angry when you find out your chikd or grandchild is being taught that Christians are backward and haters for having morals and ethics, but that communists and muslims are caring and tolerant then you get what you get. No new law is going to fix that.
    Will a law stop someone from saying graphic sexual things about your daughter? No, but a punch in the face will.
    As long as people care more about sitting around stuffing their face and being entertained than they do about learning Christian history and raising their children properly, then we will get more of the same.