Texas: State investigation launched after non-Muslim public school students dress in burqas

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What a coincidence that this would be happening in Texas, of all places, where Governor Rick Perry partnered with the Aga Khan Foundation to develop a severely whitewashed, Islam-friendly curriculum. When Pamela Geller and I broke the story of that curriculum in 2011, the reaction was furious: one blogger demanded I stop linking him; another claimed that the curriculum material we had uncovered was not really the curriculum at all, and tried to pass off one teacher’s private notes as the real curriculum; and former friends and associates denounced us with a cult-like fervor that I still find hard to believe that a clueless and compromised Norquistian nonentity like Rick Perry could have inspired.

Now, lo and behold, we find Texas public school students dressing in burqas. And they’ve already learned that “Allah is the Almighty God.”

“State Investigation Launched After Students Dress in Burqas,” by Todd Starnes for Fox News, February 25 (thanks to all who sent this in):

A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a teacher reportedly invited female students to dress up in Islamic garb and then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists — freedom fighters.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the senate education committee, told Fox News he is very disturbed by the photograph as well as reports that students were exposed to a story that blamed Egypt’s turmoil on democracy — rather than the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Parents are very sensitive to any issue that seems to be anti-American — that blames democracy for some sort of trouble in the world,” he said.

The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt’s troubles on democracy — instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I am outraged,” one of the parents, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News. “I felt my blood pressure go through my head.”

The parent said she was not aware of the lesson until she discovered a photograph of her 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa on Facebook.

“As parents we should have been made aware this

“I felt like the line had been crossed,” she told Fox News. “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.”

Sen. Patrick said he understands why the parents are upset.

“Could you imagine if someone asked a Muslim student to dress up as a priest,” the senator asked. “The parents of a Muslim student might be rather upset about that.”

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.”

The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught.

“They were asked about their perception of Islam,” she said. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, “˜we”re going to change the way we perceive Islam.–

The teacher reportedly told the students that she did not necessarily agree with the lessons –but she was required to teach the material.

The Lumberton Independent School District released a statement to Fox News 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.”

The school district said Judaism and Christianity were also part of the lesson. However, the parents said Christianity was not discussed in the classroom.

“The Christian perspective was not taught,” she said. “They went in-depth into Islam and I”m not comfortable with it.”

The district said the photograph does not reflect the entire aspect of the lesson.

“The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently,” the statement read.

The parents said they immediately contacted the principal of the high school who defended the program and said it was required under CSCOPE — a controversial electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers.

“The principal told me it was world geography and they have to learn this stuff,” she said.

However, the school district said the lesson taught at the high school was not part of written CSCOPE lesson.

“This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE,” said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. “They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion.”

VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story.

“They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion,” she told Fox News. “In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all.”

Last month, evidence was presented at a state hearing showing that CSCOPE offered a number of lessons about Islam.

One particular lesson instructed teachers to provide classroom readings of selected texts from the Koran.

Students were also taught that Allah is God.

CSCOPE offered no comparable lessons on Christianity or Judaism, VanCleave told Fox News.

“I do think CSCOPE promotes the Islamic religion,” she said. “I don’t think it’s right to be proselytizing the Islamic religion in our schools.”

Patrick said every time they”ve asked CSCOPE leaders about the lessons on Islam, lawmakers were told “those were old lessons.”…

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Comments

  1. says

    “Oh my God!!” and I’m not talking about the pedophile Mo-ham-id and the false God Allah!

    Can you believe how this stealth jihad is creeping into our society!!

    In to the hearts and minds of our most venerable they are spreading this crap about Islam!!

    Sweet Jesus, they should be telling the kids about how women are treated and what will happen if Sharia ever gets into our Western world!!

    Parents should be outraged and demand to have no “candy-coated” teaching done of Islam, regardless of what some leftist curriculum wants them to teach.

    Why aren’t the teachers refusing to teach our kids this bulls@#t?

    Why aren’t parents, marching on this school and DEMANDING an answer and FIRING any teacher or Principle that in anyway supports this.

    These clowns work on the public purse, WE are their employers.

    Nuff said???

  2. says

    “‘Could you imagine if someone asked a Muslim student to dress up as a priest’, the senator asked. ‘The parents of a Muslim student might be rather upset about that.'”

    Ya think!!

  3. says

    This is a great article and it needs to go viral on Conservative and Christian sites. The anger must addressed at the school boards and most definitely at Rick Perry. Perry has been surely bought off by the Arabs . Time for conservative to dump Perry.

  4. says

    Above, duh swami asks – “Where did the teacher get those ‘burkas’, out of her closet?”

    Good question.

    Off ebay, would be the first possible answer.

    Another possibility, is that she got them out of a Muslim womens’ clothing shop, online – or does Lumberton have a Muslim clothing shop? Are there any Muslims in Lumberton, Texas? A mosque? (I just had a look at the wikipedia entry for Lumberton, Texas, and it doesn’t sound as though it has very much of a Muslim presence); there’s no mention of Muslims or of a mosque, and these days, that usually manages to get a mention).

  5. says

    Texas: State investigation launched after non-Muslim public school students dress in burqas
    …………………………………….

    Madness. You never hear about similar incidents where children dress as nuns or as Hassidic Jews. Why is that? sarc/off

    That picture just gives me the chills”especially the girls on either end, completely immured in their slave rags.

    More:

    What a coincidence that this would be happening in Texas, of all places, where Governor Rick Perry partnered with the Aga Khan Foundation to develop a severely whitewashed, Islam-friendly curriculum…
    …………………………………….

    Actually, until recently, I would have considered Texas one of the *last* places where this would happen. But no place is safe now.

    And there is an additional danger re Texas”since Texas is such a large state, its influence is out of all proportion. Many of the smaller states, especially in the south and southwest, have long adopted Texas textbooks and lesson plans rather than develop their own. Are we likely to find similar incidents cropping up in places like Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Alabama?

    More:

    Now, lo and behold, we find Texas public school students dressing in burqas. And they’ve already learned that “Allah is the Almighty God.”
    …………………………………….

    I’m worried that they might also have these kids reciting the Shehada”it’s happened elsewhere. Very troubling.

    More:

    A Texas lawmaker is launching an investigation after a teacher reportedly invited female students to dress up in Islamic garb and then told her classroom they should call Muslim terrorists – freedom fighters.
    …………………………………….

    This last is even more disturbing”this is *enabling Jihad*. Who is this teacher? How many more are teaching this? Is this really in the materials they are working from?

    More:

    State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the senate education committee, told Fox News he is very disturbed by the photograph as well as reports that students were exposed to a story that blamed Egypt’s turmoil on democracy – rather than the Muslim Brotherhood.
    …………………………………….

    Bravo Senator Patrick! I hope Texas Jihad Watchers express their gratitude to this good man.

    More:

    “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.”
    …………………………………….

    Yep…Islam isn’t a “race”, either.

    More:

    “They were asked about their perception of Islam,” she said. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, “we’re going to change the way we perceive Islam.'”
    …………………………………….

    These kids have a clearer view of Islam than many adults”but this teacher is out to feed them a pack of lies.

    More:

    “The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently,” the statement read.
    …………………………………….

    You mean why they are motivated to *wage violent Jihad*?

    Here’s more on CSCOPE’s pro-Islamic Da’wa:

    http://www.txcscopereview.com/2012/is-texas-cscope-curriculum-pro-islamic/

  6. says

    If any parent from Lumberton, Texas, should happen to be lurking here and reading this over my shoulder, then I recommend to them, in order to give their children *real* info about Islam, that they get hold of one or more of the following:

    Robert Spencer, ‘The Truth About Muhammad’, ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades’, ‘The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran'; Serge Trifkovic, ‘The Sword of the Prophet'; and Rev Mark Durie, ‘Revelation? Do We Worship the Same God? Jesus, God, Holy Spirit in Christianity and islam’ [note: although Durie is a Christian priest, his book is just as suitable for non-Muslims who are not Christian, as for Christians; for it will help them to see that when Muslims make claims like ‘we respect Jesus too’, or ‘we worship the same god as the Jews and the Christians do’, the Muslims are *not* telling the truth.]

    Also useful are publications by the Barnabas Fund: ‘What is Islam?’, ‘What is Shari’a?’, Islam and Slavery?, and ‘Islam and Truth’ (which discusses Islamic lying, btw), and ‘Is the Muslim Isa the Biblical Jesus?’ [note: the answer to that question is, NO]. See here, to order them online – they are dirt cheap, only one Aussie dollar each, but beautifully presented. Get a sackful and share them around.

    https://barnabasfund.org/AU/Act/Order-free-resources/Print-and-media-resources/?&page=barnabasbooks&first=no&pages=all

    These are well-researched, brief, and clear. An intelligent teenager would comprehend them easily; a parent could read them and then would be able to tell children what they needed to know; they should be on the desk or in the back pocket of every school principal, army chaplain, parish priest, journalist, law enforcement officer, politician… Again, although Barnabas is a Christian organisation, these booklets are objective and non-proselytising, suitable to be read by anybody; they simply explain, in a coolly factual tone, and with key references provided, the main things *any* intelligent Infidel needs to know about Islam.

  7. says

    I’m reminded of a youtube video by a young woman who explained that she didn’t know much about Islam but she became a Muslim because she liked the hijab. It was a chance to wear pretty colors and accessorize, etc.

  8. says

    As A Texan and a Christian I am absolutely frozen with anger, fear and feelings of betrayal. They can thank God they did not pull a stunt like this while my child was in school. The teacher most likely was a minority forcing this on what appears to be mostly white kids getting them ready for dhimmitude! This is religious indoctrination at it’s highest! The horror! The horror!

    God save our children from the death cult and it’s enablers. God help us because we clearly cannot help ourselves.

  9. says

    “The school district said Judaism and Christianity were also part of the lesson. However, the parents said Christianity was not discussed in the classroom.”

    Clearly the teacher’s a muhammedan slave to allah …

  10. says

    Where are all the liberals shrieking about the so-called separation of church & state?

    If this had been a bunch of Christians pulling such a stunt, we wouldn’t hear the end of it for weeks!

  11. says

    Where are all the liberals shrieking about the so-called separation of church & state?

    If this had been a bunch of Christians pulling such a stunt, we wouldn’t hear the end of it for weeks!

  12. says

    Dumbledore’s Army wrote:

    Are there any Muslims in Lumberton, Texas? A mosque? (I just had a look at the wikipedia entry for Lumberton, Texas, and it doesn’t sound as though it has very much of a Muslim presence); there’s no mention of Muslims or of a mosque, and these days, that usually manages to get a mention).
    ………………………….

    DDA, the closest I found was an “Islamic Center” in the city of Port Arthur, Texas, which is right on the gulf (Lumberton is in the greater metropolitan area). This area does *not* have a large Muslim population, and is solidly part of the “Bible Belt”. Port Arthur has dozens of churches”Baptist, Southern Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical”including the “Queen of Vietnam” Christian church. There are a lot of Vietnamese Christians who have settled in the gulf area”mostly fishermen.

    http://www.yellowpages.com/port-arthur-tx/muslim

    But Islam is worming its way in *everywhere*. I wonder where that teacher got her Burqas and Hijabs as well”does CSCOPE itself supply them? Very troubling.

  13. says

    islam, besides being supremacicist, it is also expansionist, there are f…mosques in every states. In NJ where I live, in East Brunswick which is about 30 miles from my house there is a very large muslim population so much so that their holidays(schools) are different than the rest of the states. ie they are closed for high holy muslim holidays. And here in NYC there are no shortages of mosques, there in one 10 blocks from me. so yes there are in Texas too. On another not DD, my brother for the first time in his life left Iran to a forgin country. He was is Australia visiting his son my nephew. He got back last week to Iran and I called him to see how he liked it. he said: it is a different world there and we live in” dare koon mostrah”! and the literal translation is: I live in a shithole!!!!!

  14. says

    Thanks for that information about Lumberton, Texas, and Port Arthur.

    BTW, totally OT, but fascinating to hear that Port Arthur has a ‘Queen of Vietnam’ Christian church, and a bunch of immigrant Vietnamese Christians who have settled in as fishermen.

    That, by the way, just points up how radically different Muslims are from other immigrant populations; those Vietnamese – whether Catholic (and quite a few Vietnamese are Catholics, the Catholic church in Vietnam goes back to the 17th century, and survived a massive persecution back in the day) or Protestant – will settle in and integrate into and contribute to American society.

    In Australia, Vietnamese Australians whose families fled here to escape the communist regime are always much in evidence on Anzac Day, and some elderly and middle-aged gentlemen among them, who were in the army of South Vietnam, proudly march with their erstwhile colleagues and allies, the Aussie Vietnam vets.

  15. says

    Acts17 wrote:

    Why not give these girls the full Muslimah experience? After dressing in their burqas, let them try thinking for themselves. Then all the boys in class can beat them into submission, in accordance with Surah 4:34.
    …………………………….

    Even better than that, David, all those girls are old enough to be “married” off at 14″past due, in fact, since they are five years older than little Aisha was. They can all be sold off to middle-aged or elderly Muslim men, and thus experience the full “lesson” of what it means to be a young girl under Islam.

    And then, so they don’t miss out, perhaps the boys can then all be fitted for explosive vests…after all, why the half measures?

  16. says

    “Actually, until recently, I would have considered Texas one of the *last* places where this would happen. But no place is safe now. ”

    Texas has been PC MC for decades. This should come as no surprise. The entire South is majority PC MC.

    When I say “PC MC” I mean only with regard to the problem of Islam. You will find plenty of Southern hicks, rednecks and other sundry conservative who champion every conservative and even reactionary policy under the sun — but who suddenly start exhibiting PC MC spasms when someone confronts them with condemnation of Islam and of Muslims.