Let’s Embrace Ignorance

I came across this story at Racialicious, and it was originally reported at Houston News.  The Friendswood school district board will meet Tuesday night to discuss the replacement of a principal who invited two Muslim women into her school to teach students about their culture. image

The presentation created a controversy in the southeast-side town.

Approximately 800 seventh- and eighth-grade students saw a PowerPoint presentation put together by the Council on American-Islamic Relations just before school on May 22.

Asma Siddiqi helped present it. She said it was simply meant to explain Muslim tradition and culture, not to promote the religion.

“I didn’t expect people to get upset because, I mean, we were just there telling kids, you know, this is who we are,” Siddiqi said. “I explained what the holy book was, which is the Koran.”

But plenty of parents were upset, such as Kim Leago. She was angry that she was not told her eighth-grade son would attend the presentation.

“If they’re going to squeeze in religion, which is not allowed in school, why did they choose that religion? With the war and everything, I just don’t think that was the right choice,” Leago said.

Principal Robin Lowe allowed CAIR to make the presentation because a few weeks before, a Muslim student had been bullied and beaten at the school.

But criticism from Leago and other parents, which was echoed on local talk radio programs, resulted in Lowe being reassigned.

That move upset parents who believe Lowe was made a scapegoat. Both sides will tell it to the school board Tuesday night.

Yes, why oh why should innocent children be exposed to this foul, dirty religion. Better to let them live in ignorance.  We don’t want to raise children that learn to think critically about the issues. Where will the future Republican voters come from?  Lets continue on in silence, and let the children believe that it is alright to physically assault someone because they are “different”.  To do any less would be unpatriotic, after all “our boys” are dying over there.  It is not an illegal war of aggression, or a bid to control the oil spigot, noooo sir, Americans are bringing democracy to the ignorant backward peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Teaching children about diversity implies that there are Americans that are not white, and Judeo-Christian. That is simply too radical to embrace. 

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The aforementioned aren’t words to live by. Bodies of color, or different religions are for exploitation, and marginalization damn it. Why can’t these people just content themselves to driving taxis, washing dishes, and working as nannies?  A country that declared its independence in 1776, has nothing to learn from a culture that is centuries old.  What could the cradle of civilization possibly have to teach that would have any value…I mean they cannot tell us when the next Walmart price markdown is going to happen, or predict the release date of the next Disney movie…That’s really valuable information damn it.

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