Update: After Muslim Burqa Lesson, Student Pulled From Lumberton School - Not CSCOPE
by David Bellow on February 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM
There have been lots of updates after I posted this article this morning: Lumberton ISD (Texas) Students Told to Wear Muslim Burqas in CSCOPE High School Lesson.
Here are the updates:
Although Texas CSCOPE has had major issues because of Islam lessons in schools, this Muslim Burqa lesson was NOT part of CSCOPE, and it a lesson that Lumberton ISD has been doing for years.
One parent contacted me and said that he pulled his kids out of Lumberton schools 2 years ago because of this exact Islam lesson.
Another parent contacted me and told me that their child had to go to the Principal's office this morning and sign a letter saying that they were not forced to wear the Burqas. The parents are upset that they were not asked to be present when their minor child was told to sign a legal form. One parent got a lawyer who said the school was in violation for not letting the parent be present.
It was confirmed that this was a geography class and not a history class.
State Senator Dan Patrick has today called for an investigation into this lesson.
National News has picked up the story including Todd Starnes of Fox News, Alex Jones Prison Planet, and I also got a call from MSN.
It was also confirmed by a parent this morning that the students were not FORCED to wear the Burqas but they were brought as part of the lesson, and students were asked to try them on. Here is the worst part though: it was also confirmed that the students were told to call terrorists 'freedom fighters' and also the students were taught that Burqas are really just a fashion, and the students were not taught that they are a form of oppression, and women can even be put to death for not wearing one. Also, it was confirmed that the students were asked to do a report on Egypt that portrayed democracy as bad.
This is OUTRAGEOUS! Look, I am okay with students learning about other religions and regions as part of a history or geography class. It sounds like this was the INTENT of the lesson, and I think the state of Texas has lessons that teach students different religions and regions. That is okay. What is NOT okay is what happened here and what this lesson has become over the years. Somehow, this lesson that was supposed to talk about different religions ended up only talking about Islam. Burqas were brought and presented as a fashion instead of an oppressive object. The students were asked to call terrorists freedom fighters. This is wrong and the Lumberton School Board needs to take action. I do not believe that the school board knew this was going on. I do not even know how much the superintendent knew of what was going on because I think, or hope, that if he did, he would have asked the teacher to make sure it was fair and balanced instead of a lesson slanted in favor or Islam.