To be terrified of words is irrational and the notion that the teacher or the school district is trying to convert kids to Islam by using this homework assignment is silly. And overreacting to the point that violence is threatened is madness.Word.
This is the flip side of what's happening on college campuses - ginned up outrage over nothing. For some of these parents, intent doesn't matter. Any mention of Islam - one of the world's biggest religions whether they like it or not - breeds hysteria. You can't close your child off from the rest of the world simply because you have a different notion of god or politics. That leads to kids who are half-educated and narrow minded - hardly a recipe for success in life.
SNOWFLAKES TO THE LEFT OF ME, SNOWFLAKES TO THE RIGHT.
Trigger warnings and safe spaces enable people to get away with staying ignorant. It matters not whether it's putting The Fatal Conceit or Huckleberry Finn on the reading list, or encouraging students to write out the most common of Arabic phrases. But that latter activity set parents in some Virginia school district off. Yes, there are secular Arabic phrases that might also serve as calligraphy lessons, and yet Rick Moran correctly urges these parents, and all the other enablers of snowflakes, to get a grip.