During the 2020-2021 school year, most students attended their schooling from home on their computers. This allowed parents, who were forced to work at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to get an inside look at what is being taught in our classrooms.
Mrs. Gonzalez is one such parent. She noticed her child was being taught the Islamic faith against her wishes. When she emailed the teacher about this and requested her child be exempt from this specific course due to her religious values, she was denied. Undeterred, Mrs. Gonzalez took this up to the school principal, Suzzete Ruiz. Gonzalez recounted a fascinating conversation.
Recently, concerns over “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) being taught in schools across America have been publicly spoken about; However, there has been little attention given to another controversial topic that is being forced onto students in America: Islam.
Here’s what Mrs. Gonzalez told the school on 10/19/20:
“So, to hear Islamic teaching is being taught and it is part of the Miami Dade schoolboard curriculum, I find, is not aligned with ethical and moral values that we have here in the United States of America. Islamic teachings and religion target the Jewish and Christian community and anybody that does not follow their faith and is not a Muslim. They behead there, they target homosexuality, there’s about 52 terrorist organizations from Islam. ‘Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism,’ said Secretary Pompeo. Just this weekend a Paris teacher was beheaded for teaching. So, I whole-heartedly understand that yes, this is given to you and you’re supposed to teach it, but everybody has moral values and to teach something that is so extreme… and they have no tolerance for anything else, I find troubling. Just because somebody says ‘Hey, go walk over there’ you’re going to walk over there? No. I have a very difficult time with this being taught to my son. That’s why I had asked Mrs. Fernadez [her son’s teacher] if my son can be exempt from these teachings because of my culture, my religion, and my moral and ethical beliefs which do not align with Islam. “
Mrs. Gonzalez, a Jewish mother of a child who attends a charter school at Somerset Silver Palms in Miami Dade, Florida, was faced with the tough choice of having her kid fail a class or learn about Islam, a religion and political ideology that is against her beliefs and Jewish values. Previously, her child was in public school; however, due to the curriculum, she chose to send him to a charter school where he can learn reading, writing, mathematics, history, etc., and not about Islam or Critical Race Theory. She was extremely surprised when her child came home with “Islam” on the course syllabus.
Mrs. Gonzalez immediately addressed this with her child’s teacher, Ms. Medley, who informed her that her child could choose not to log in for this part of the course, but he would subsequently fail the class. This led Gonzalez to urge a further discussion with the school principal and her son’s teacher.
During this discussion, some shocking statements were made by the school principal. According to Mrs. Gonzalez, Principal Ruiz told her:
“We as administrators, we follow a curriculum that is FUNDED by the State and Federal government as a charter school. And we are following a curriculum that is given to us through the public school system.”
The school principal, Suzette Ruiz, admits that Florida’s education system is funded by the State and is forcing kids to learn about Islam, whether they like it or not. These are state-sponsored religion classes promoting religious beliefs, which is specifically against the law.
According to the ADL:
“While it is constitutionally permissible for public schools to teach about religion, it is unconstitutional for public schools and their employees to observe religious holidays, promote religious belief, or practice religion. School officials and parents must be extremely careful not to cross the line between “the laudable educational goal of promoting a student’s knowledge of and appreciation for this nation’s cultural and religious diversity, and the impermissible endorsement of religion forbidden by the Establishment Clause.”
It is legal to teach about religion, but, with the packets provided below, it’s clear that these Florida educators are teaching the religion of Islam, not about it. It is done in a sneaky way to deceive the eyes of those who do not know much about Islam. (I will provide examples of this later.)
As mentioned by the student’s parent, Principal Ruiz clearly stated that her opinions on the matter make no difference. They are told to teach about Islam in the classroom, and they will abide by the rules set by the state of Florida.
Mrs. Gonzalez had many valid points while disagreeing with the school principal on the fairness of the situation. One should not be forced to learn what goes against their ideology, morals, ethics, or beliefs. The school isn’t religious in nature. An alternative lesson is an appropriate course of action in this case; however, the school didn’t seem to understand that. In fact, the school principal doesn’t seem to fully grasp what she is forcing her staff to teach. Principal Ruiz went on to talk about why it doesn’t matter what she thinks or knows, telling Mrs. Gonzalez,
I understand that, but I don’t make the rules in the state of Florida. And the state of Florida, Mrs. Gonzales, they require us to pass the benchmarks for these in order to take this course. My suggestion to you would be when the Islam pieces are taught, not to log in but he is going to fail those assignments.
Mrs. Gonzalez provided me with the pacing guides and assignments that were given to her child:
Further statements were made by Principal Ruiz, who, according to Mrs. Gonzalez, made it overly clear that her “hands were tied behind her back,” the course must be taught, if Mrs. Gonzalez pulls her child out of the course, he will fail, and that they were only there to teach the facts.
We will have to agree to disagree. You have a right to keep him out of class on the days that that topic is being addressed, it’s fair if that’s how you feel. The truth of the matter is my hands are tied. I am an educator providing facts.
Ultimately, Mrs. Gonzalez chose to have her son exempt from the class with a failing grade. She felt that she went to every avenue she could to correct this situation; no one listened. She then told me her story after the school year, and I am happy to tell it for her.
While taking a closer look at this controversial lesson plan, here are a few excerpts from the packets Mrs. Gonzalez’s child received and some of the “facts” being taught to our youth.
To the unknowing eye, this seems like it is just a simple fact about those who practice Islam. It is not.
The reality is, the Qur’an teaches Muslims to give kaffirs (non-believers) three options: convert, die, or if you are a Christian or Jew, you can pay jizya (a tax.) If you choose the third option, you are “protected” and become a dhimmi (a second-class citizen). None of this has to do with sharing the same beliefs. If the Muslims conquer your land in war, they then enslave those they conquer. This can be seen even today in places like Nigeria where non-Muslims are being hunted down and slaughtered by the government backed Islamists.
Read the Qur’an passages here:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).
Another excerpt in the curriculum blatantly lies about what Islam does to those who choose to leave Islam. It also lies about the meaning of jihad, warfare against non-Muslims.
Those who leave the Islamic faith are considered apostles, and the Qur’an mandates that practicing Muslims punish those who commit apostasy by killing them.
Say, “The truth is from your Lord”: Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald their faces, how dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on! (Qur’an 18:29).
Muslims who believed in the faith and then reject it will be subject to an enclosed fire. If they cry for relief, they will melt brass and pour it on their face.
This is just another deliberate misinterpretation of the Qur’an that is being taught to children in Florida
The packet deceptively says Jihad means “struggle against evil.” Here is what the Qur’an says:
“When the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush.” Qur’an 5
“O Prophet! Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed” (Qur’an 9:73).
“When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly”(Qur’an 47:4).
“Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate” (Qur’an 9:73).
“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah and those who reject the faith fight in the cause of evil: so fight ye against the friends of Satan” (Qur’an 4:76).
In his book “The Politically Incorrect Book of Islam,” Robert Spencer explains what Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, the most perfect Muslim, had to say about Jihad.
“… there is no mistaking the centrality of violent jihad in Islam. In fact, the Prophet of Islam repeatedly emphasized that there was nothing better his followers could do than engage in jihad warfare. When a Muslim asked him to name the “best deed” one could do, besides the act of becoming a Muslim, the Prophet responded, ‘To participate in Jihad (holy fighting) in Allah’s Cause.’ He explained that “to guard Muslims from infidels in Allah’s Cause for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface.” For ‘a journey is undertaken for jihad in the evening or morning merits a reward better than the world and all that is in it.'”
In the same book, Robert Spencer quotes a few hadiths, a collection of traditional sayings by the Prophet Muhammad, explaining the act of jihad further.
In another hadith repeated several times in the collection of traditions that Muslims consider most reliable, Muhammad says that he has been “commanded to fight against people” until they become Muslim and that those who resist risk forfeiting their lives and property: “The Prophet spoke clearly about his own responsibility to wage war for the religion he had founded: ‘I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform As-Salat (prayers) and give Zakat, so if they perform all that, then they save their lives and properties from me except for Islamic laws, and their reckoning (accounts) will be with (done by) Allah.’”
Imagine Mrs. Gonzales’ shock to see these religious teachings, picked out of the Quran, on the syllabus and taught to her child during Jewish holidays.
You might be asking yourself, how is this happening in Florida?
Upon further investigation, the state of Florida gets its lesson plans from a company called C-Palms, whose founder, Rabieh Razzouk, attended Lebanese American Univerity from 1995 to 1998. Razzouk has programs in Lebanon as well. The coincidence isn’t surprising. Lebanon is known to push Islamic jihad on its students and lies about Islam given that the country is under the control of Hezbollah Islamic terrorists.
Florida is sponsoring religious teachings in our children’s schools. Teachers refuse to question the curriculum and have a profound lack of knowledge and understanding of what they teach. No child should be forced to learn religion in school, especially one that does not align with our American values. Florida and the teachers within the state have some explaining to do for their negligence and indoctrination of children into the violent political ideology of Islam.
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