A South Carolina middle school recently incorporated a new subject into their curriculum.

The subject is a controversial one at best, and which the parents of this middle school are furious over having their children being taught.

Alston Middle School recently incorporated a class into their student’s curriculum promoting “religious tolerance”.

The administration claims the new lessons are a “small portion of a much broader curriculum”, but parents are concerned about the bigger picture being taught to their children.

The young children at the school are taught different aspects of many different religions, including prayers, beliefs, and even the types of extreme groups within those religions.

The curriculum was brought into question when a young child came home with a worksheet that had questions about the Five Pillars of Islam.

The worksheet also contained Muslim prayers for the children to learn.

The Washington Times reports:

Alston Middle School in Summerville has a class called “Survey of Civilization,” which includes lesson plans on different religions, economies, and geographic regions. A local CBS affiliate was recently sent a classroom assignment that has some parents angry that they weren’t given more details beforehand.

The worksheet provided to the station required students to know the following:

“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.”

“Pray five times a day and visit a mosque on Fridays.”

“Give alms to the needy.”

“Fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan.”

“Make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime”

Another worksheet asked students to complete sentences like, “Islam is a religion of peace,” and “We call God Allah,” with the words “peace” and “Allah” missing.

Complaints by parents were met with little concern by the administration at Alston Middle School.

The Washington Times reports:

Dorchester District II spokeswoman Patricia Raynor defended the assignments as a small portion of a much more comprehensive curriculum.

Worksheets on all these features of a civilization are used as teaching tools, including all religions involved,” the school officials said in a statement. “…South Carolina curriculum standards specify the material covered in this study of civilizations. This curriculum is taught in all school districts in South Carolina.”

Parents of these students were concerned with the overall message the curriculum is sending their children, as well as how the beliefs of different cultures and religions may affect or confuse them.

The Washington Times reports:

“Our concern is that if they need permission to teach sexual education, they should be getting permission to teach religious values,” said a mother who chose to remain anonymous for the story.

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