Nov 8, 2015

SHARIA LAW: School Bans Students From Drawing Muhammad

By on Sunday, November 08, 2015

 A Los Angeles-area school has banned drawing all religious leaders after parents complained that some students drew Muhammad.
In perfect compliance with Sharia Law, the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District has banned the “drawing or depiction” of any religious leader, the Los Angeles Daily News is reporting.
Superintendent Brent Woodard told a reporter Tuesday he would consult with an expert on Islam to determine whether a vocabulary handout given to a 7th-grade history class at High Desert School in Acton was offensive. The worksheet, Vocabulary Pictures: The Rise of Islam, listed words such as Quran, Mecca, Bedouins and Muhammad with spaces for students to draw pictures or images related to those words.

“I have directed all staff to permanently suspend the practice of drawing or depiction of any religious leader,” Woodard said Wednesday afternoon in a text message. “I am certain this teacher did not intend to offend anyone and in fact was simply teaching respect and tolerance for all cultures.”
Palmdale resident Melinda Van Stone said she was “very upset” when her 12-year-old son brought home the assignment about two weeks ago.
“It’s not appropriate to have our children go to school and learn how to insult a religious group,” said Van Stone, a chiropractor who declined to state her or her son’s religion.
Islam does not permit the drawing or depiction of any prophets, including Muhammad, Jesus or Moses because people might worship the images, Muzammil Siddiqi, an Islamic scholar said.
“Muslims do not draw the image of the Prophet Muhammad out of respect for him,” he said. Educators “should be sensitive to this Muslim position that young Muslim students would be reluctant to do it. … If the teacher doesn’t ask anyone to do that, it would be better.”
School officials said they would fully comply with all rules under Islamic code, also called Sharia Law.
It would be better for the district to stick to material that is formally approved by the state or district, Fatima Dadabhoy, a senior civil rights attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles, said Tuesday.
They should “use that material rather than running the risk of using inaccurate or offensive material,” she said.


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