“There Is No God but Allah”: Virginia School Forced to Cancel Class over Arabic Writing Assignment

A rural school district in Virginia felt compelled to cancel all classes and even a holiday concert after angry parents flooded the district with not just thousands, but tens of thousands of complaints over an Arabic calligraphy lesson. Students were told to copy a Muslim statement of faith known as the Shahada which translates to “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah” in Arabic. The assignment included other religious faiths as well. The school claimed the lesson was meant to “illustrate the complexity of the written Arabic language”. While this specific message the kids were writing is a well known profession of faith for Muslims, it also happens to appear on the flags of the Islamic State. Augusta County Sheriff Randall Fisher said some of the angry messages the school received were “threatening and very profane in nature”. Investigators are sifting through the […] Read More

School Forces Native American Girl To Remove Medicine Pouch

A Wisconsin middle school student has been banned from wearing a traditional Native American medicine pouch. The 13-year-old Menominee student was forced by her school principal to remove the medicine pouch, which was constructed and filled with traditional symbolic indigenous plants. It all happened back on October 21. That’s when Rosella “Rose” Kaquatosh was pulled from the lunch line at her school for wearing the pouch outside of her clothing. A kitchen employee at the Gresham Middle School was the first to demand that Kaquatosh remove the pouch. “She saw her pouch [and] she started hollering at her, saying ‘take it off!’” Kaquatosh’s grandmother, Karen Gardner, told ICTMN. “[Kaquatosh] felt bullied. She told her it was ceremonial pouch. [She] explained that she needed it to pray. She prays about four times a day. She respects the sacredness of the pouch.” Kaquatosh tried to explain to the paranoid school officials that the tobacco leaf within the […] Read More

Teacher Forces Students to Admit God is a Myth or Get Failing Grade

“KATY, Texas – A Texas seventh-grader is standing up for her religious beliefs after she alleges her teacher forced students to deny that God is real, and threatened them with failing grades if they don’t agree. Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in the Katy Independent School District, testified at a school board meeting last night about an assignment in her reading class that caused a serious controversy, and expressed frustration about her teacher’s atheist indoctrination. “Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real. Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only […] Read More

Companies getting fat off profits from unhealthy school lunch ads

School lunches across the US have become a big business, and companies are profiting off serving American kids unhealthy meals. Now they’re spending big bucks to lobby Congress to keep obesity-causing ingredients on cafeteria menus. Lawmakers are set to update funding for National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs via the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010, which will expire on September 30. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers these programs, which contain fruit and vegetable requirements and set limits on saturated fat. The school meal programs allowed the USDA to buy $500 million worth of food from 62 meat and dairy producers. Over half of that money ‒ a combined $331 million ‒ went to just six companies, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The schools then purchase the meat and dairy items from the federal government at much cheaper rates than if they […] Read More

Student Loans Are Becoming The Most Crippling Debt In America

It’s one of the key facets of the American Dream: if you want to have a great house, beautiful spouse, and that head-turning Mercedes, then you need to get a good education. For many, an education does just that, as it provides them with the training they need to get into the field they are passionate about, to pursue the career that helps them achieve this “ideal” reality. However, there seems to be a much darker side to post-secondary education that is strengthening its grip on the necks of well-intentioned Americans. This dark side is student debt. According to the Federal Reserve, student loan debt is now nearly $1.2 trillion in the United States alone.(1) A 2012 study revealed that the average cost to attend an American post-secondary institution [tuition, room and board] ranges from approximately $14,300 to $37,800 per year.(2) With the cost of education so high, it’s no […] Read More