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Mother Forbids Child From Doing Homework Assignment About Islam

A mother has taken umbrage with her child’s homework assignment so much so, that she posted on Facebook about it where it went viral. What kind of seventh grade assignment could cause a parent to be so offended? One about religion.

Tara Cali lives in Bakersfield California and has a 7th grader. She was going through the child’s history textbook to see what the homework was, when she came across something that she was not comfortable with so she decided to make it public.

The lesson was about Islam and the associated beliefs and practises. The assignment in question included a code that the students could scan with their phones to hear an Islamic prayer. This was all too much for Tara.

Tara saw this not as an education tool being used to inform and expose the children to one of the biggest religions in the world, but as a tool of indoctrination. She did not only post on Facebook about it but she also sent a somewhat threatening note to the teacher about the assignment.


In a picture of the assignment, you can see a question regarding the 5 Pillars of Islam. In the empty box where her child should’ve written the answer, Tara wrote a message to the teacher. It said ‘My Son WILL not be a part of this in any sort of way. This is bad teaching material. He will NOT partake. If you have a problem with it, call our lawyer.’

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This is also the picture from the workbook that Tara shared on her Facebook. In the Facebook post about the scandalous homework assignment Tara also shared a couple of Bible verses to drive her point home that there is no room for even education about other religions in their home.

It is in fact constitutional for public schools to teach students about various world religions. As long as they are not being instructed to follow the religion, educating them about it is allowed. A lot of people agree with Tara that the American public school system should not be educating it’s students about other religions. Most people though think Tara is confusing a history lesson with indoctrination and further still, believe it is good for kids to be exposed to and educated about various world religions.

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