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(Cont.)-Spreading Islam in American Public School

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in response to reader comment: The teaching of Islam in California middle schools

Submitted by Tulia Heikenfeld (United States), May 17, 2006 at 22:14

First of all, it isn't "spreading islam in schools." It's simply showing them (the students) another type of religion. You can't deny religion, it's out there. I think that that article was completely appropriate, and to tell you the truth, I wouldn't even think about this whole "Religion controversy" bs if I knew what the article was about, because it isn't a conversion of belief, it's simply a method of teaching. These students are 12/13 years old, and I highly doubt that they would even think about it, since anymore this issue isn't a big deal with most children these days.

Also, would you (anyone) be upset if that same teacher taught buddhism? or hinduism? or judaism? It's simply the facts, "this is a belief, and just because I'm teaching it doesn't mean you have to believe it." Also, why be do upset over another religion being taught? that just shows that you are threatened by other people "different" from you. you are afraid of change, and not open minded to what others might have in thought.

Another point, if you want your child (ren) to grow up and be open-minded and tolerant of other cultures and different peoples, they have to know a bit about them.. Isn't it of advantage for kids to be educated on different aspects of human cultures/religion? And who says it's inappropriate? Who says they will convert? And if they decide to think about it, let them. Let children explore different ways, because it is human nature to wonder, and think about their beliefs.

You don't want children to grow up to be confined to some small "mind box" of no knowledge of anything else, besides what you hammer into their heads. I think it's JUST FINE that they teach other religions, why don't you? are you afraid they will "convert to the bad?" have you and your religion not made a forceful and strong enough point to keep your child from converting? Is that doubtful thinking? Well, if it is, then that's hypocritical if you can't learn about something else and just know it, not BELIEVE in it. Thank you.

Thulja Heikenfeld

P.S.- I am 13 years old, and grew up in a very tolerant family, and to be honest, i DONT know how things were created, and you know what? That's just fine. I'm 13 years old, I'm young, and have plenty of time to "find myself" and the god that's right for me. So the view points I've presented in this comment (relating to youth viewpoints) are very true. I'm in a stage of my life where I am questioning many things, and tolerating and accepting other beliefs.

Thank you:)

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