A high school teacher in Virginia learned the hard way that teaching anything related to Islam, even tangentially, will bring out the torches and pitchforks like nothing else.
Hoping to teach her students about the complexities of calligraphy, she had them write something in Arabic. Gasp! And to make it worse, they were writing the Islamic statement of faith — something she should have known would cause trouble. Maybe she didn’t actually read the lesson. But did it warrant the reaction that followed?
Officials had been “receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area,” the school system said. According to CNN, the “tone and content” were nasty and directed at a world geography class. Yes, you read that correctly — a geography class.
The threats aimed at this class were apparently so serious that the sheriff deployed more officers to county schools, school entrances were guarded and authorities began monitoring communications. Then all the schools in the county shut down.
Well that’ll teach ’em to make our kids learn about other cultures! Nevermind that a bunch of our common English words have Arabic roots…
This is the country we live in, folks: a place where racist dipshits threaten a high school with violence (much like…terrorists?) because they think the students are being turned into radicalized Muslims via calligraphy appreciation. Christ on a cracker! ISIS must be laughing its ass off watching us jumping at our own shadows. Looks like the terrorists have won, hmmm?