North Carolina: Public High School Teaching Islam, Koran…in English Class

Source: Mom objects to Quran in English literature lesson | The Wilson Times

By Kelsey PadgettTimes Staff Writer

Two Beddingfield High School students were removed from their English class by their parents last week after they brought home lessons studying the Islamic religious text the Quran.

The text was referenced in a world culture lesson being taught in Lynn Joyner’s 10th-grade English class.

Over the course of the lesson, students learn about elements of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, polytheism and Islam.

Juli Williams said her daughter is a student in Joyner’s English class, and she was outraged when she saw what her daughter was studying.

“The Quran is not a story,” Williams said. “It is a bible. With as much literature as there is out there, whatever they are trying to teach could be taught using another book.”

The English class was using a county-issued world literature textbook, “World Masterpieces,” that has been approved by the state for 10th-graders.

Wilson County school board policy says public schools are not required to delete religion from curriculum that may offend religious sensitivity if it prevents students from receiving a complete education, such as studying music without mention of sacred music or architecture without cathedrals.

According to Wilson County Schools spokeswoman Amber Lynch, the religious texts are part of the state’s curriculum and as long as school board policy is followed, WCS is in support of teaching informative lessons on different religions and their texts.

Williams said she has five daughters, all who have been enrolled in North Carolina public schools, and she has never seen them work on homework concerning Islam or the Quran.

“This is an English class, not a religion class,” Williams said. “I feel like they are indoctrinating our children without our knowledge.”

She said she often checks to make sure her daughter is doing her homework in a timely manner and is making good grades, but has never felt that she needed to monitor what she was being taught.

“I feel like we, as parents, were tricked,” she said. “This lesson was snuck in without us knowing.”

Williams said because she does not have control over how religion is being taught in schools, she would like her daughter’s religious education to be handled at home in the future.

“The Bible needs to be taught at home or in church, not in a public school classroom,” Williams said.

Lynch said the school will be offering alternate assignments for students and parents who are uncomfortable with the world religion assignments. She said in the past 10 years the lesson has been taught, no other students have requested an alternate assignment.

“Ms. Joyner is a respected and valued teacher at Beddingfield High,” Lynch said. “Just like educators across our district, she has taught informative lessons on different religions for many years because it is a part of the state’s curriculum in literature and history classes. Ms. Joyner followed the guidelines in Board policy. We stand behind her teaching practices. But at the same time, we also value and respect the feelings of our students and their families. Ms. Joyner cares about her students and wants what is best for them. She is willing to offer alternate assignments to any student who is not comfortable with assignments related to religious excerpts. This is a standard practice in our district. We encourage parents who have concerns to reach out to the teacher and principal first before taking other action.”

Students not taking part in the Quran lesson were moved to the school’s library last week to work on other assignments.



Ten years of Islamic indoctrination and not one parent said a word? Parents in other North Carolina counties, Pitt and Union, exposed the Islamic indoctrination in those school districts.

Could that in part explain why North Carolina has produced so many Muslim terrorists

Some Wilson County School contacts here and the Board of Education.

 

Brotherhood-linked student group turning Canadian schools into mosques

peel-msaIslamization. Source: Let’s not turn our schools into mosques

By Farzana Hassan

Mississauga, now Canada’s sixth-largest city, is home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslim students in Canada.

This is why in seventeen out of Mississauga’s nineteen high schools, Muslim students associations are demanding autonomy on holding congregational prayers on Friday and on choosing who delivers the sermons.

The Peel Board of Education has recently ruled that only six approved sermons could be delivered during Friday prayers, ones that are consistent with the board’s values of honesty, cooperation and inclusion. But the students now wish to regain control.

Currently these efforts in Mississauga are being partially led by Shahmir Durrani, who in fact is not in high school but reportedly attends the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They insist on the sermon being drafted by the students.

One of the imams who is on the Peel Board’s Faith Leaders Network, Omar Subedar, has even previously condoned wife battery, even though he now claims to advocate equality for Muslim women.

School prayers began cropping up about ten years ago, ironically around the same time when former premier Dalton McGuinty banned sharia courts from Ontario. The Toronto Sun first reported on prayer services happening at Valley Park Middle School in east Toronto in 2011, but the practice has proliferated since then.

Now the Peel Board will have to decide by December 12 whether to permanently change these rules so the students have greater control of the content of the sermons and the imams.

This raises many concerns. School boards must treat all religions equally. However, these very strident Islamist demands for communal religious practice create inequality, as other faiths do not insist on such public displays of religiosity. By default, a political and orthodox form of Islamism is taking root within our schools.

Some of the activists pursuing this cause show no loyalty to Canada, a nation they say practices systematic Islamophobia. At a recent Mississauga school board meeting on the topic, an online video shows a number of these attendees even refused to stand for O Canada.

A typical congregational prayer would have women at the back, and menstruating women would be excluded outright. This would violate board gender policies, not to mention Canadian values.

MSAs may tout this as a broad religious rights issue, but congregational prayer is best observed at the mosque. No religion should be allowed to mobilize itself in such a political way on school property. Schools should be free of the kind of religious preferences that by default are happening in Mississauga and potentially in other parts of Canada.

No one is stopping Muslims from praying at their mosques, and protocol allows great flexibility of time and venue in observing prayers. It is not as if these students will be barred from discharging their religious obligations if they are not allowed to pray together on Friday. Their insistence on organizing themselves in this fashion on school property shows the political nature of this issue.

Canada justifiably proscribes school-sponsored prayer for reasons of freedom of conscience. Although the MSA’s prayer services would not qualify as school-sponsored, they would certainly be seen as sanctioned by the boards. Many Muslim students unwilling to participate in Friday prayers or sermons may indeed feel pressured to do so, which again violates the board’s policy of ensuring freedom of conscience.

It is this policy which overrides all other considerations, and it is what the Peel Board must bear in mind when making its decision about MSA prayer demands.


Yes, the MSA – now operating in high schools throughout North America – is a Muslim Brotherhood-founded organization with many terrorist alumni.

The growing list of Muslim Student Association (MSA) terrorists

California: Prominent Mideast Studies Profs Sexually Harassed Students

Source: Prominent Mideast Studies Profs Sexually Harassed Students

By Cinnamon Stillwell

The famously self-righteous field of Middle East studies, which lambasts outside criticism as “censorship” and condemns America, Israel, and the West while lauding Islamists, now finds itself on the defensive. Two of its leading lights, the University of California, Berkeley’s Nezar AlSayyad and the University of California, Los Angeles’s Gabriel Piterberg, have been accused of sexually harassing female graduate students.

In October, UC Berkeley concluded an investigation, finding that, between 2012 and 2014, AlSayyad, who chairs the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and teaches architecture, built a relationship, including frequent social invitations and hugs, with graduate student Eva Hagberg Fisher in an effort to “groom” her. A car ride during which he put his hand on her thigh and proposed a trip together to Las Vegas was the final straw.

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The report found that AlSayyad isolated the student from other professors and was on the exam committee whose approval was required for her to complete her dissertation. He also edited a journal in which many students hoped to be published.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two other students complained about AlSayyad’s conduct, including one who filed a complaint in April alleging they had sex over twenty years ago under similar circumstances. While AlSayyad denies the charges, the investigation upheld Hagberg Fisher’s claims and the university suspended him for a semester.

Berkeley graduate students, upset at the university for its initial silence, expressed their disapproval by walking out of AlSayyad’s section, protesting outside his department, and marching across campus chanting, “Protect Students, Not Tenure.” They have the option of completing one of his required courses with a new instructor.

Some current and former students sent a letter to Berkeley’s administration defending AlSayyad and asking that the university “withhold judgement” until the investigation has concluded. Transforming the Egyptian-born AlSayyad into the victim, the signatories asserted an atmosphere of “increased conflicts and racist sentiments” could lead to a rush to judgement, “especially when the subject is being identified in the news as a Middle East scholar.” It’s little wonder he claimed earlier, “I actually feel terribly victimized.”

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The case of UCLA history professor and former Center for Near Eastern Studies director Gabriel Piterberg is even more abhorrent. In September, UCLA settled with two graduate students who sued the university in 2015 for taking insufficient action and for discouraging them from filing formal complaints against Piterberg, whom they alleged had repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted them over a period of years.

Piterberg had served as one of the student’s dissertation advisor, while the other had to work in the same building with him. His position on the departmental funding committee forced her to seek funds outside of the history department.

UCLA’s settlement with Piterberg fined him $3,000, ordered him not to meet with his students in his office with the door closed, required him to attend sexual harassment training, and suspended him for one academic quarter.

The university’s leniency sparked student protests, faculty outcry, and a petition demanding his dismissal. Another petition calling for his removal from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy led to his resignation as a visiting scholar.


Read it all.

Letterman “Miss Iraq” Top 10 List Gets Michigan Teacher Suspended

Sharia’s creeping everywhere you look. Particularly where there are Muslims and Muslim apologists.

via Monroe teacher suspended for ‘Top-10 talents of Miss Iraq’ assignment

MONROE, MI — It may have started as a joke based on a top 10 list appearing on David Letterman’s TV show more than 20 years ago, but officials with the Monroe Public Schools aren’t laughing.

A teacher at Monroe High School was placed on administrative leave for handing out an assignment asking students to rate the jokes about the “Top Ten Talents of Contestants in the Miss Iraq Pageant” from funniest to least funny. The list was first done as a joke by Letterman.

The assignment was passed to students in a math class at the school on Nov. 10. The teacher, who has not been named by the school district, updated the Letterman list slightly to include more modern “talents.”

Among the other “talents” listed in the original skit by Letterman were “Blowing self up in a car in a parking lot,” “Describing what they would look like in a bathing suit if they were permitted to wear one” and “Withstanding the kick of a donkey.”

A copy of the assignment provided to MLive by a student at Monroe High School had several of the original “jokes” from Letterman’s list in the assignment.

Students were then asked to make a scatterplot graph comparing their rankings to Letterman’s rankings.

Monroe High School principal Sandy Kreps issued a statement Wednesday, Nov. 16, on the school’s website where she confirmed the assignment related to Letterman’s bit was issued and brought to the attention of faculty by students.

“On Thursday, November 10, 2016, one of our teachers gave an assignment from David Letterman’s Top 10 that did not promote a safe environment for our MHS community,” Kreps wrote. “Two students from the class immediately reported this to MHS administration and completed incident reports.”

Read the entire statement from Kreps here

Kreps said an investigation began the next day and yesterday. The Monroe News reported the teacher was placed on paid leave while the investigation takes place.

“The following day, I explained to the students in the class that this assignment is not valid nor should it ever been given,” Kreps wrote. “It will be removed from Power School and the assignment thrown out.”

Kreps also explained that the school works hard to create a safe environment for all students and that anyone who feels unsafe are asked to contact faculty to share their concerns.

Students do not have to raise their concerns in person, as they may also email or call school officials in order to maintain confidentiality, she wrote.

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Documentary on “ex-Muslims” sparks contentious debate at Portland State

An anonymous note which read, “Atheist Islamophobia is not okay” was left in the display case for the event.

Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into an Ohio State jihad attack. h/t Jihad Watch who writes:

The film is about Muslims being victimized, and the knee-jerk reaction of Leftist and Islamic supremacist students at Portland State University is that this makes Muslims victims. The plight of the ex-Muslims depicted in the film is lost in the brouhaha.

Source: Documentary on “ex-Muslims” sparks contentious debate at Portland State – The Ex-Muslim

On Nov. 23, over 60 people attended the screening of Islam’s Non-Believers at Portland State University. The documentary film featured the personal testimonies of ex-Muslims who have faced death threats, severe abuse and ostracization from their communities for leaving Islam. The film’s director, Deeyah Khan, is a Muslim and human rights activist.

The event was hosted by secular humanist student group, Freethinkers of PSU.

Controversy surrounded the event in the weeks leading up to the screening. Some students found the event insensitive given the political climate, while others thought the event promoted discrimination. In the glass display case for Freethinkers, a note was left which read, “Atheist Islamophobia is not okay.” Across campus, many flyers for the event were vandalized or torn down.

In response to the backlash, two ex-Muslim women featured in the documentary issued statements which were read or shown at the screening. “I hope you realize that discriminating against ex-Muslims is not an excuse to validate your savior complex,” Rayhana said in a pre-recorded video message.

Sadia sent Freethinkers of PSU a written statement. It read in part, “Islam’s Non-Believers was such an important documentary because for the first time ex-Muslims have been given a face and a voice. It has made us human.”

Despite the controversy leading up to the event, the screening proceeded without any disruptions. Dr. Peter Boghossian, professor of philosophy at PSU, facilitated a group discussion after the film ended.

One Muslim woman in attendance objected to the narrative presented in the film. “The punishment for apostasy in the Qur’an is not death,” she said. “The Qur’an is written in Arabic and most people from Bangladesh, India and other parts don’t speak Arabic.” Two native Arabic speakers later challenged this assertion when they recited several Qur’anic verses which can be interpreted as prescribing death for those who reject God.


Read it all at the link above and/or watch the documentary below the fold, courtesy of IslamWatch. Continue reading

Muslim Refugee Killed by Police After Driving Into Crowd, Stabbing People at Ohio State Univ

Updates below.
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A second attacker is discussed in the video below but not other major media accounts we’ve reviewed. More to come.

Source: Who is Abdul Razak Ali Artan? Ohio State suspect wounded 8 in knife, car attack | AL.com

Abdul Razak Ali Artan has been identified as the suspect in today’s knife attack at Ohio State University.

Here’s what we know about Artan:

Artan is an 18-year-old Ohio State student who lives near the campus. He is a Somali refugee who left his homeland in 2007 before traveling to Pakistan and then the U.S. in 2014 where he had legal permanent resident status.

Artan allegedly drove a vehicle over the curb outside a student building at around 9:52 a.m. local time today, striking some students. He then exited the vehicle and began slashing people on the sidewalk with a butcher knife. The incident prompted an active shooter alert and a campus-wide lockdown. The school remained locked down for more than an hour and classes for the day were cancelled.

It was later determined the gunshots were likely from police.

Columbus, Ohio police said they arrived within minutes of the report. Artan was shot and killed by police at the scene. Police later said the attack “appeared to be on purpose.” It’s believed Artan acted alone though police are still processing the scene.

Nine people were injured in the attack; eight were listed in stable condition, one was in critical condition. Four more people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.


From the NYT:  Suspect Is Killed in Attack at Ohio State University That Injured 9

“This was done on purpose,” said Chief Craig Stone of the Ohio State University police. “To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and then get out and start striking with the knife — that was on purpose.”

Eight of the hospitalized victims were believed to be stable, and another patient in critical condition was expected to survive.

The authorities said on Monday afternoon that they were investigating whether the attack may have been an act of terrorism.

Monday’s violence comes after a February machete attack at a Mediterranean restaurant in Columbus, which also ended with the police killing the suspect. The restaurant’s owner told reporters he believed he was targeted because of his Israeli heritage. Also, in September, a young Somali man, Dahir Adan, was killed by the police in St. Cloud, Minn., after stabbing 10 people at a shopping mall.

Mr. Artan is listed as a logistics management major in Ohio State’s online directory. Officials at Columbus State Community College said Mr. Artan also attended that school and graduated with an associate of arts degree. He was on the Columbus State dean’s list in 2015 and graduated cum laude.


According to NBC News, the suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan. Artan was an Ohio State student and Somali refugee. He left his homeland with his family for Pakistan in 2007. In 2014, he became a permanent U.S. citizen, NBC News reports.



Updates: Another NBC outlet reports:

Surveillance photos showed Artan in the car by himself just before the attack, but investigators were looking into whether anyone else was involved, the campus police chief said.


Artan complained about the lack of Muslim prayer rooms at OSU in the school newspaper even stating, “I’m a Muslim. It’s not what the media portrays me to be.”

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Worthy of noting: One Ohio Mosque Has Been at the Center of SIX Terror Cases.

As far back as 2010, possibly earlier, Muslims outside the U.S. were encouraging Muslims in the U.S. to mow Americans down with vehicles. Most recently, Islamic State encouraged Muslims to target the New York City Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving.

George Mason Univ has artist arrested, faces 5 YEARS in jail for anti-terror posters

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Creep, creep. Source: Exclusive interview with People’s Cube director, Oleg Atbashian, who may get FIVE YEARS in JAIL for anti-terror posters – The Rebel

The artwork of Oleg Atbashian, a former Soviet dissident and now an American citizen, is familiar to many conservatives through the satirical website The People’s Cube.

He is now facing large fines and up to five years in jail for putting up anti-terrorism posters at George Mason University.

In this exclusive interview, Oleg explains what happened:

Daniel Greenfield writes:

This was supposed to be a two-day poster campaign, to counteract the George Mason University hosting an official national conference for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), which is an anti-Semitic organization with well-documented ties to Hamas, a terrorist group whose stated goal is to exterminate the Jews.

The GMU poster campaign was conceived by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Selective enforcement is now the main tool of the modern tyrant. Laws are interpreted to prevent any kind of opposition to Marxist and Islamic domination of the culture and legal system.

Posters and other materials supporting far left wing causes and Islamic ones (that at times even promote genocide of Israelis, and Jews overall) can be found on campuses across North America.

Some universities even hold “Israeli Apartheid Week”, something which, in Canada, would be a hate crime if it was targeted, for example, at Saudi Arabia.



More via Why I was arrested & thrown in jail by @GeorgeMasonU police

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PS: We started getting hits from the new alternative to Twitter called “gab”. As the modern tyrants (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Youtube…the list is too long) ban those who speak truth to subjects like Islam, bias and censorship and hide real crimes, readers may want to check it out.

Thanks to those who are already sharing information there – here’s the link: gab.ai/home (you may need an account to view content)

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