• Classes Canceled Because of Arabic Lesson

    December 18, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    Continuing to jump at Islamic State shadows, Americans once again have embarrassed themselves globally with a display of fear. We are back to the days of pissy fit stuff like “Freedom Fries” as a way of telling the world the home of the brave is made up of silly cats.

    To wit, the entire Augusta County, Virginia, school district will be closed Friday, after a teacher asked students as part of their study of world religions to copy an example of Arabic calligraphy, the Islamic statement of faith, or shahada.

    The statement is one of the cornerstones of Islam, and knowing what it is and what it says and what it means is critical to any understanding of Islam. Calligraphy itself is also a major part of Islamic art and intellectual culture.

    The evil assignment was given by Cheryl LaPorte, a longtime jihadi teacher at Augusta County Schools. In the course of learning about different regions around the world, students also study the regions’ culture, which includes its predominant religions. Students had learned about Christianity and Judaism, and will learn about Hinduism and Buddhism, all of which America does not currently regard as terrorism.

    In English, the shahada states, “There is no God but God [Allah], and Muhammad is His Messenger.” While recitation of the shahada is part of the conversion process to Islam, students were not asked to recite it, but simply to copy it.

    (Quick Note: The shada is not a Harry Potter-esque spell. Anyone who writes or utters it is not magically transformed into a Muslim. You are safe if you read that last paragraph.)

    Initial reaction from loving Christian parents called for such extreme actions as having LaPorte lynched fired for “violating children’s religious beliefs.” However, both the Virginia Department of Education and the local superintendent reviewed the material and found it both in line with state standards, as well as not in violation of students’ rights, because, among other things a) common sense; b) normal people’s rational thinking, and c) the First Amendment’s protections for all religions.

    And yet… and yet… during a forum, Kimberly Herndon, the parent who organized the event, said she didn’t want a “false doctrine” spoken in schools.

    “She gave up the Lord’s time,” Herndon frothed of teacher LaPorte. “She gave it to Mohammed. If my truth cannot be spoken in schools, I don’t want false doctrine spoken in schools.”

    On the sheriff’s recommendation, the school system decided to cancel Friday’s classes after coming under a deluge of hate calls and ugly emails from outside the community, all prompted by conservative media picking up the story and fanning the flames.

    Meanwhile, hate crimes against Muslims across the U.S. of A have tripled in the past month, not that there is any connection.

    BONUS: I have no idea what the Arabic script above actually says. It could be some boring state government notice or it could be the recipe for Islamic cooties. You are risking jail time, never mind eternal Christian damnation, just by reading this.

    (It is some boring state government notice from the state of Oregon website. You may exhale now.)

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  • Recent Comments

    • Bruce said...


      Wotta buncha US-SOULS!

      12/18/15 3:14 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Protests coming to Toy’s-R-Us and other stores, for “material support of terrorism” for selling Calligraphy “sets”..in 5…4…3…2…

      You may roll your eyes now. However, the idiocy spreading coast to coast in Murika dictates it’s a no brainer.
      I can hear it now…
      First they came for the Calligraphy, and I did nothing. Then they came for the “scarves”. ….

      sheeezus H… OOPS. er…wait…


      12/18/15 9:16 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Ya know, it’s beginning to look like the US has been invaded by brain sucking alien parasites.

      12/18/15 9:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...


      If memory serves, in order to actually convert to Islam you need to recite shahada in the presence of at least three ‘respected men’ (from the Muslim community, that is), so even reciting it in class wouldn’t be considered an act of conversion.

      12/19/15 5:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...


      bloodypitchfork, at least in the US the priests don’t consecrate space rockets prior to launch.

      12/19/15 5:49 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      “Andrei said…bloodypitchfork, at least in the US the priests don’t consecrate space rockets prior to launch.”

      Haha. At least in the US the priests don’t say a fucking word about vaporizing innocent men, women and children in the thousands via Drone delivered Hellfire missles… cause..the US was …ahem.. CONSECRATED.


      Spare me.

      12/19/15 7:06 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile, just released documents show how, in relationship to the Surveillance State and the disdain against certain citizens based on their nationality, the US hasn’t changed one fucking iota since the 50’s…


      The only difference is.. well, the nationality factor has changed to religion.

      btw..don’t get me started on J. Edgar… that scum sucking authoritarian pig.

      12/19/15 11:27 AM | Comment Link

    • person unknown said...


      Peter, I wish that you’d avoid “redneck”. As someone who has followed in the footsteps of Tom Joad, I suspect you understand why it’s offensive.

      It’s the largely bi-coastal elites, and bi-party, elites who love to sneer at the lumpenproletariat even as they exploit them. The ‘redneck’ of Augusta County isn’t the real enemy anymore than the Pashtun or Serb or Sunni villager is, even if ‘those people’ may hold some views we consider backward.

      Look at the real levers of power and those who wield them.

      12/20/15 3:40 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      You are of course right. Please refresh your browser, as I have corrected my mistake.

      12/20/15 3:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Ethics are broken if someone has to issue physical or death threats to a school teacher or district, over a cultural geography lesson of all things. Especially while complaining about others being members of a violent community.

      It says alot how people do not even respect their own religion if they think someone can be instantly converted by looking or reading at a phrase.

      My arabic is rusty these days, but the excerpt above seems to do with consulate representation in the event someone is detained or arrested

      12/21/15 10:16 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      She’s a witch! Burn her!

      How do you know she’s a witch?

      She looks like a witch. Look at her nose.

      They put this nose on me; it’s a fake nose.

      Well, yes, we did the nose. And the hat. But she’s a witch! Burn her!


      12/22/15 4:51 AM | Comment Link

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