A concerned dad in Georgia was alarmed to discover that one of his seventh-grade daughter's recent homework assignments featured a letter, written from the perspective of a fictitious Saudi woman named Ahlima, that praised Sharia law and the comfort of black robes. The homework promoted Islam, the dad concluded.
An excerpt from the fake Saudi lady's letter is reprinted over at the Marietta Daily-Journal with permission from InspirEd Educators Inc., the assignment's creators. A representative from the school asserts that the homework was intended to address school dress policies, but InspirEd founder Sharon Coletti told the Daily Journal that the letter is a teaching tool on stereotyping. "The next lesson is a compare and contrast on the role of women in the Middle East. Yes, the Muslim girl stereotypes Western women, but are there ways we stereotype Muslims? I have no idea what the objection is," she said.
To understand why the Hal Medlin—aka Concerned Dad—was so bothered by his daughter's homework and its ulterior motives, you must understand three things about Georgia. First, Georgians believe that simply mentioning the existence of something means that you endorse that thing. Second, Georgians are very likely to adopt the beliefs of whatever it is they read, out of Southern Hospitality and politeness. Third, Georgia's schools are somewhat notorious for trying to sneak Sharia law in wherever they can, on behalf of the state's extremely liberal Legislature. With all this in mind, Medlin complained to his daughter's school before any students fell under Ahlima's spell and began exalting the sand-resistant properties of the abuyah. As he told WSBTV:
"It's promoting or positively depicting their belief that polygamy is fine, if that's what they believe. But I don't know how you could possibly state that and not have any kind of disclaimer that this is what these people think, but not necessarily what all of us believe," Medlin said.
Every statement in Georgia should come with such disclaimers from now on, to reduce confusion.
The school agreed to revise its Middle Eastern studies curriculum, and now the kids in Medlin's daughter's school will remain single and Sharia-free. The citizens of Fox Nation are still perturbed by this incident, however. "I am so sick of islam and their stupid believe," says Rigdon. "Schools shouldn't be promoting cults," adds Steven_J.