When Tara Cali, a Bakersfield, Ca. mom noticed her son's
7th grade history assignment asked him to name the Five Pillars of
Islam and to summarize Islamic beliefs she refused to allow him to complete it.
According to Fox News Cali responded to the assignment with an angry note to
his teacher that read:
"My son will not be a part of this in any way. This is bad
teaching. He will not partake. If you have a problem with it, call our lawyer."
She then went on to quote five bible scriptures before adding:
"How about Christian principles? That sheet has never came home,
this year or last!"
After posting a photo of the note on Facebook, the
image was shared more than 100,000 times sparking debate among parents across the country.
Despite Cali's passionate admonishment, the top commenters seem
to be in complete opposition to her position.
Eryn Tyler wrote "Let me
first say, I'm a Christian, but I feel like you're taking this a little far.
This is apart of World History. It's not to force religion upon your child. And
this isn't just "here in Bakersfield". Remember that the teaching
method is standardized. So that's a California thing. So good luck trying to
find a different school that's NOT going to teach that textbook in this state."
Nick Miranda weighed in with "Look
at how many ignorant people live in this town? A bunch of Christians who would
have no problem forcing their beliefs on others are afraid of kids learning
other religions and customs. This isn't a testimony of faith, it's a refuge in
"All I see here is "I'm uncomfortable with my
child learning about another religion," wrote Carson Ramirez. "And culture solely for the fact that my
discomforts and insecurities about my own religion trump the idea that we could
potentially mold a world with less racism and hate towards people with another
Taylor Nousch wrote "The only thing being "forced" upon your kid is ignorance and
intolerance by YOU, the parent, because apparently Christianity is the only belief
system a young human being should be allowed be educated on. All you are doing
is breeding another member of society with an irrational fear of people who
aren't Christian, and therefore embedding the future workings of hatred into
your child's brain."