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Copy of the calligraphy homework assignment .

(JNi.media) Rage over a homework assignment became so harsh and abusive, school officials in Augusta County, Virginia decided to keep all 10,000 county students at home this past week, and to suspend school sports activities over the weekend.

This WW3 battle began when Cheryl LaPorte, who teaches world geography at Riverheads High in Staunton, Virginia, gave her students a homework assignment: to copy by hand a line of Arabic script. The lovely arabesque calligraphy happened to be the shahada, an Islamic statement of faith bearing witness that “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” It has been established, incidentally, that LaPorte did not compose the assignment based on secret instructions she received from her operators in ISIS, but rather picked it from a workbook created by teachers called “World Religions.” The book also includes assignments about Christianity and Judaism.

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It took only a few hours before some angry parents demanded LaPorte’s firing for “violating children’s religious beliefs,” but the Virginia Department of Education and Augusta County Superintendent Eric Bond announced they reviewed the material and they don’t believe it violated student rights.

Nevertheless, the county school system removed the offensive statement from the curriculum, replacing it with “a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy.” The county also issued a statement saying it was not leading a drive to convert students to Islam. Augusta County Schools official Eric Bond said in a statement that none of the “lessons in the world geography course are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief.”

That was too little, too late, as far as some parents were concerned. Kimberly Herndon told WHSV, “The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin,” adding, “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian.”

Megan Williams, reporting for the News Leader, noted that “increased police presence and national media attention have made for a weird week as Riverheads High School headed into winter break.” The decision to end the school week early was reached on Thursday, “after district offices were hit by a firestorm of phone calls and emails over the controversy.” Williams reported that “Augusta County Sheriff’s deputies were in all schools and the front doors were locked.”

A Facebook group calling itself SUPPORT LAPORTE was started and to date attracted 5,653 members. Most of the reactions on the social network are expressions of disbelief at the parents’ heightened sensitivity to other people’s religions and cultures.

Williams quoted Prof. Nancy Klancher of Bridgewater College, which serves Augusta County, who explained that county students come from the Shenandoah Valley, and “don’t know anything about any other religions besides their own.”

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41 COMMENTS

  1. The assignment has no room in a world geography class, in Geography one is supposed to learn Geography and not Calligraphy and in a Calligraphy class one is supposed to learn Calligraphy and not be subject to an attempt at religious conversion. Ms. Laporte went further as she also instructed a female student to experience wearing a Hijab. No wonder most American students are ill prepared to understand geograhy! Ms. Laporte has no common sense! However the hijjab encouragement should be group to fire her since the so called calligraphy exercise was supposedly in the curriculum and the curriculum choosers should be fired …Enough political correctness.

  2. ALERT TO THE WORLD

    IT IS NOT WORL WAR 3

    IT IS END OF THE WORLD

    THE TRUTH REVIELD.

    THE PROPHET ELIAS CAME TO DESTROY ALL NATION THOSE HATE ETHIOPIA WITH THIER NUCLAER IDOLS AND MATERIAL WORSHIP TOGETHER SATAN WHOM DECIEVED THEM AT ARMAGEDON TRESH HOLD.

    SOON BABYLON WILL BE COMPLETLY DESTROYED BY PROPHET ELIAS AND BY AND BY ALL NATION OF THE EARTH WORDHIP THE BEAST AND FOLLOW SATAN.

    ETHIOPIA WILL SOON RANSOM ISRAEL HER DAUGHTER FROM ALL HER FOE AND RULE THE EARTH WITH EBERLASTING KINGDOM OF THE ALMIGHTY EGZIABHEER THE TRINITY CREATOR.

    PROPHET ELIAS REVIEL THE TRUTH THAT ETHIOPIAMS ARE THE TRUE JEWISH AND THEY NAMED AFTER EGZIABHEER WOLD WAHID THE CREATOR THE LION OF JUDAH.

    I ANOINT OF THE MOST HIGH MY CREATOR PRAISE AND ADOR SAINT MARIAM THE MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR SHE IS THE LIONESSE OF JUDAH OR TEWAHIDO WHO BORN US THE LION OF JUDAH OUR CREATOR.

    ETHIOPIA SOON RANSOM ISRAEL AND DESTROY ALL NATION AND RULE THE WORLD WITH EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF THE ALMIGHTY TRINITY EGZIABHERT OUR CREATOF(PROPHET DANIEL CHAPTER 2 VERSE 44 & 45).

    THE FATE OF ALL NATION THOSE HATE ETHIOPIA THE ORIGIN OF ALL CREATIONS AND HUMANKIND WILL ETERNAL HELL.

    ETHIOPIA IS THE HOME LAND OF THE TWELVE TRIBE OF EGZIABHEER AND THE LAND OF THE RIVER OF LIFE IN THE MIDEST OF PARADISE OF EGZIABHEER WOLD WAHID HASHEM OUR CREATOR.

    SHABBAT SHALOM.

  3. Ignorance of what!!?? The monstrosity that is and has always been islam! I hope Americans hate the cult of death! You are sick!! Too bad you weren't at that "holiday" party when the people you think we shouldn't hate came in shooting!! You could have jumped up and said, but, I understand you and don't hate you!! as you were shot!!!

  4. If the schools are going to demand that religion be taken out of the classrooms that should include Islam as well. EVERYTHING having to do with Islam. This isn't the first time this sentence has been used in classrooms across America under the justification of "teaching."

  5. Roc, the big difference between us and the Israelis is, there , if you try to harm someone, their PC approach is to shoot you. How simple and right! Here we have to let them harm us, decide if their motive is justified and, go from there. Of course you could be dead but, who cares?

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