Although we’ve taken some baby steps forward in the direction of acceptance and respect for all people and their beliefs, there are definitely some people who are still having a hard time getting there. Californian mother Tara Cali became distraught when she discovered that her son was learning about Islam in his seventh-grade class.
Her son had been given a homework assignment on the five pillars of Islam. The paper also contained a QR code that when scanned, the student could listen to a Muslim call to prayer from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
When Tara saw the material she became extremely angry and wrote a note to the teacher that said that her son would not be taking any part in the lesson. ‘This is bad teaching material,’ she wrote. ‘If you have a problem with it call our Lawyer.’
Tara decided that she was also going to post the photo to Facebook. I suppose she thought that people would agree with her. But when she updated the photo and it went viral, it wasn’t for the reason she was expecting. Tara quickly learned that she might be the one with the issues, not the lesson plan.
After posting the photo to her local broadcasting site (KGET TV 17), it ended up going viral before it was deleted. Turns out most people actually support this kind of material in their children’s education.
Top comments on the post were all in support of educating children on various religions. Before it was deleted, Eryn Tyler said that although she’s a Christian she feels as though Tara is taking things too far. ‘This is a part of World History,’ she wrote. ‘It’s not to force religion upon your child.’ Another commenter, Taylor Nousch wrote: ‘The only thing I see here is how close minded you are.’
At least the majority of people in this situation have the right way of thinking about different cultures and religions. Hopefully, Tara realized that she had made a mistake or was at least prepared to take the time to reflect on why it was wrong.
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