Teaching religion in our local schools? Did we even know this was happening? Have we been asleep to the curriculum and the approval by our local school boards? Does the state or the federal government have oversight of what our nation’s children are taught today?
Wilson County schools in Tennessee have found themselves in the news. Not for amazing academic scores or winning state football, but for teaching Islam and all but ignoring Christianity. The school system is now being crucified over the Quran.
Pastor Greg Locke has decided to take a stand. He shot a video in front of the school that has gone viral:
Locke openly criticized the school system leadership. He explains that this is an indoctrination of young minds. According to Locke, the students were given 28 pages to learn about Islam and half a page on Christianity.
“No one in any Wilson County School is teaching any indoctrination of Islam or of any world religion for that matter,” Director of Schools Donna Wright posted on Facebook. “To imply or state otherwise shows a lack of knowledge about the standards used in our schools.”
Pastor Locke is openly vocal about Christianity and very vocal about Islam. His Twitter feed is filled with taking a stand and waking up Christians.
The question remains: Should a school system teach religion? Religion is a big part of world history and social studies education. But is this something that should be taught on the middle school level? The teachers are not pastors, Rabbis, or Imams, so what is the big deal?
It seems that we are going out of our way in America today to teach tolerance. How many times have we heard, “Islam is a peaceful religion?” The Wilson County School system was even going to administer the test on Islam on 9/11/15. Wow!
How can we fix this? Balance. Each religion should be presented as a fact sheet. Here is what each believes. This is the historical roots, the key facts of their belief, and how they view others. The true test of a religion is in how it treats all mankind. Does the religion benefit society?
If young people are presented the facts in a historically accurate and logical way, the religious community cannot be upset. But if the school system is trying to “indoctrinate” or “brainwash” (Pastor Locke’s words) then everyone should be frustrated.
Or maybe school systems should leave religion out all together.