Wichita newspaper defends school display of the five pillars of Islam

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WICHITA, Kansas – The editors of the Wichita Eagle are troubled by the uproar caused over an elementary school bulletin board decorated to illustrate for students “the five pillars of Islam.”

five-pillars-of-islamSomeone snapped a photo of the bulletin board and posted it online, where it caused a great deal of consternation from people who disapprove.

An editorial from the newspaper said, “the truth is that, in context, the bulletin board fit perfectly into the cultural knowledge curriculum’s study of the five great religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. The point was not to promote religion but to serve fourth-grade social studies this fall.”

The editorial described the reaction to the display as “chilling and sad.”

This issue is hardly that simple, as the Eagle editors must privately know.

It’s obviously good for students to learn about the most popular religions of the world, their fundamental beliefs and values, and their impact on human culture.  But judging from the photo alone, the bulletin board in the Wichita classroom has the appearance of a promotional ad.

We believe most Americans are tolerant of minority groups and their religious freedoms, but they aren’t willing to pay tax dollars to have a controversial religion pushed on their children.

There may be more to this story than we know. Perhaps other bulletin boards on other walls of the classroom had similarly enticing displays for Christianity and the other religions. Or perhaps those displays are scheduled to go up in the same spot later, or already had their turn.

That would certainly make the Islam display more appropriate and understandable.

The editors should be more sensitive to the millions of Americans who remain upset about the events of 9/11/2001 and other terrorist acts perpetrated by fundamentalist Muslim groups. While there are millions of peaceful, moderate Muslims in our nation, and they’ve certainly experienced unfair discrimination, there are also fundamentalists in our midst that support the people who want to harm our nation.

In short, the Muslim faith has a shaky reputation in the U.S. at the moment, and it’s easy to understand why.

Besides, as the liberals always remind us, the promotion of religion is not the role of government schools. As one blogger asked, where is the ACLU on this issue? If there were (or is going to be) a bulletin board displaying the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, you can bet the liberal lawyers would be up in arms.

Frankly, we’re stunned that school administrators and Eagle editors were surprised by the uproar provoked by the bulletin board. These people live and work in America’s heartland, not some remote cave. They know most Americans are fair-minded people, but they also realize we’re struggling to understand and accept a religion that has so many followers who hate us so much.

The school and the Eagle editorial board deserve an “F” when it comes to sensitivity toward their countrymen.

By Steve Gunn at EAGnews.org

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  1. Defend The Constitution says

    No matter how egotistical or altruistic a person may be, the human needs that one can gauge accurately are limited to a small circle of influence and thus a tiny slice of civilization.

  2. marcus J says

    It would seem that the Communist Party formerely known as the Democrats have a problem with only one Religion and that is Christianity , It is there Agenda to wage war on Christianity ,But it is alright to promote Islam , Any one that runs down and Votes for a Democrat is either Stupid or an Enemy of my Country , Anyone that considers themselves a Christian who Votes for a Democrat is either a Hypocrit and Stupid or is an Enemy of my Country and is not a Christian , Hello and Greetings from Arizona to the NSA and DHS

  3. bayman61 says

    Where is this school? We need to flood their email box and mail box to tell them how ridiculous this is and that they should not be upset when the children put up Merry Christmas signs and wear their cross’s.

  4. Cougar Smith says

    Desecrate that piece of garbage with swine blood and then burn it.

  5. joeupyours says

    but you can’t put “THE 10 COMMANDS” up,joeupyoursMF’S!

  6. Elizabeth Hobbs says

    If they want to keep it, then they need to post the 10 Commandments in as conspicuous spot as they’ve chosen for this display & display it with just as great an “in your face” attitude.

  7. foxxybey says

    Wonder if this rag would support Bible pictures in the school, you can bet they wouldn’t.

  8. MN_in_CA says

    Maybe they should have a bulletin board that had the 5 religions together, rather than this singled out presentation. A good compare and contrast between the religions would have been more instructional and thought provoking.

  9. IHateLibs says

    BURN’EM DOWN. Or suffer through this. Is it Time for a REVOLUTION YET ??? Or WHAT !!! ???

  10. Lowell says

    Never buy another copy of that paper, attend every school board meeting to see what and who are they supporting.

  11. nick says

    A “controversial” religion???

  12. PLW says

    The Liberal Left cannot have it both ways…. Condem Christianity and God, yet promote and educate the Islamic Religion! Did Chairman Mao, I mean, Chairman Obama approve this????? Within a year, we should hear Islamic Chanting throughout our schools hallways……. How about teaching English, History, Math, Science, Common Sense, and the freedoms that used to be what America was about?

  13. Bill Bolte says

    I worked for the Wichita Eagle for a time. Believe me, there is very little about the newsroom that is heartland friendly. It was amazing how out of touch with the overall community they were at the time, and apparently still are. So I’m not surprised at their “shock”.

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  15. Robert Bouchard Jr. says

    I totally agree, Joe!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. moco25 says

    Public schools should not be promoting religions. It’s one thing to teach in brief the role religions played in history, but to post the tenants of a religion like Islam for everyone to see…..when it’s not PC to say “Merry Christmas” in schools…….is absolutely wrong and hypocritical of the far Left who are the ones doing this controversial bs…

  17. Carol Lightfoot says

    How about educate the kids about the Constitution? Reading, writing, math, science. and the subjects that matter. Islam does not matter!!! The rule of law, the Constitution, matters.

    1. Robert Bouchard Jr. says

      How about educating the kids about Christianity, Carol. The Constitution is a MUST since we have an illegal occupant of the White House trying to impersonate a U.S. President, but the subject of this post was about a religion called islam and whether a school is promoting it.

  18. blking74 says

    I thought the DoE was trying to teach the being gay is okay? Now they want to teach the kids that it’s okay to kill them? How bout we grow a brain and learn to be tolerant, as long as no one’s KILLIN’ EACH OTHER!!! This is pathetic. They should have never interfered in the school system. It was just fine the way it was.

    1. Hatchet says

      School system has been screwed up since the liberal agenda has become the norm. So sad!

    2. foxxybey says

      The cure, no NEA, no union teachers, don’t teach your gone and replaced with someone with a real brain and not a propaganda machine.

  19. $7148195 says

    I’ll assume there are 4 other bulletin boards in this hallway. Otherwise I think all 5 Major Religions would have been presented on this one board. On a side note, not much creativity happenin’ with those 5 Pillars.

    1. Robert Bouchard Jr. says

      As the article suggests, that would be a nice assumption to make, but it’s not necessarily a correct assumption to make.

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