BARNEGAT – The father of a second-grader in the Cecil S. Collins School was alarmed to see references to hijabs and thawbs – clothing worn by religious Muslims – and a quote from the Quran included in a health and hygiene worksheet given to his daughter.
The worksheet included instruction about cleanliness and neatness not just of shoes and clothing but of a student’s hijab and thawb, an ankle-length robe-like garment worn by Muslim men, according to pictures sent to the Asbury Park Press by Barnegat father Chris Sharpe.
The sheet also included a reference to a Quran quote that read “Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.”
At first, Sharpe said he feared the school was indoctrinating his daughter. Other parents were equally alarmed, he said.
“Everybody was up in arms,” Sharpe said.
On Wednesday morning, Sharpe said Barnegat school officials apologized to parents and explained that it was a simple mistake of a teacher quickly downloading health worksheets online and not carefully reviewing their content.
Superintendent Karen Wood said Wednesday afternoon that she was not immediately prepared to make a statement on the matter. Sharpe said the teacher who distributed the worksheet wasn’t his daughter’s regular instructor.
Sharpe said he was satisfied with the explanation and the school’s professional management of what started as a contentious situation.
“Obviously you would hope that they were review everything a little bit more, but it happens,” he said. “I’m very happy to chalk it up as one of those things that just sort of happened.”
Others were more skeptical: Source: NJ 2nd grade health class: ‘Allah loves those who make themselves clean’ | EAGnews.org
“It was no accident,” Bob Johnson wrote. “Democrats across the country are pushing Islam on us.”
“I am a Muslim and I say that worksheet belongs in an Islamic school, not a public school,” Rida Chishti posted.
“Leftists have allied with Islamists because they both share a common enemy; Western Civilization,” John Sorger added.
Barnegat Township School District Superintendent Karen Wood told Fox News the “novice instructor” had “downloaded a worksheet from the online sharing site Pinterest and utilized it during a lesson.”
“This worksheet – which was neither carefully reviewed by the teacher nor approved by an administrator – contained a religious reference, in clear violation of district policy,” she said.
“We recognize the significance of this error,” Wood continued. “Our parents have been extremely supportive as we take measures necessary to ensure that this remains an isolated incident.”
Some locals, however, believe the district should take the situation a little more seriously.
“If this had the name of Jesus on it, there would be an even bigger outrage,” a local identified as “Mrs. Erskine” told Fox News. “I hope that proper precautions are made to prevent further indoctrination of Islam.”
Rob Russo, parent of a child in the district, believes school officials should send a message.
“While I understand that mistakes happen, I am seriously disappointed to learn that a teacher made independent changes to a lesson plan, resulting in information being given that didn’t follow subject matter, or state and local curriculum plans and chose to promote what seems to be their own agenda,” he said.
For some reason, Asbury Park Press reporter
This is intentional media bias in favor of all things Islamic.
The reality is, since 9/11, Americans have had their liberties taken away, their incomes plundered to pay for wars and “homeland security” – that has failed with deadly results as Muslims continue to slaughter Americans on American soil and public schools continue to subject students to Islamic indoctrination at all levels. Most often by design and with intention. See our Education category or search the archives.
In the Koran, just a few verses after the verse taught to New Jersey six and seven-year olds, it reads:
They, the Muslims, are fighting for sharia and slaying those who oppose it. And if they do, Allah promises them the garden (heaven), according to the Koran.