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Drawing The Line: Calligraphy To Hide A Faith Is Unacceptable

Gabriel Perez

Posted on May 31, 2018 10:40

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A Pastor in West Virginia was right to speak up to prevent his child from declaring Allah as the only true God.

Many moons ago (sigh) when I was just a boy in Middle School, one of my teachers began to show our class the art of Calligraphy.

I thought it was awesome. I really did. I especially liked the pen. I didn't know much about art back then, but when I held that pen I somehow felt like some kind of famous artist. I don't think I was the only one either. Looking around the classroom that day, it seemed like all of us were feeling the same as everyone was all 'smiles.'

Back then, I don't think I would've batted an eye if the teacher suddenly said, "Okay everyone, it's time to learn the Shahada."

I probably would've been like, "Okay, I don't know what that is, but sure, I'll give it a try."

Nowadays, however, it would be a different story. After becoming a Christian I've done quite a bit of research in terms of world religions, so I know that the Shahada is not a small thing.

Per Dictionary.com, the Shahada is the Islamic profession of faith: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger," AKA the first of the Pillars of Islam. 

Definitely not a small thing.

So, recently a Pastor in West Virginia had to deal with exactly this problem. His daughter was given an assignment to practice writing the Shahada using Calligraphy. To a non-believer this assignment may sound benign.  

What's the big deal?  It's just words on a page right?

The thing about it is, there are some other words on a page that most Christians should be aware of and should always be putting into practice. What words am I talking about? 

Just these: I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.

The first of the ten commandments.

I wonder why these words were not used for the Calligraphy assignment?

After all, they are just words on a page right?

Words, whether we like it or not are very, very powerful.  After all, the Bible tells us that we are made in the image of God, and not for nothing, but God spoke the world into existence. So, logically speaking, if God used words to create the world, and we are made in his image, then surely our words, both spoken and written, have the power to create.

Asking kids to write out the Shahada would surely lead to children learning how to speak the Shahada. Speaking and writing the Shahada is great if you are a Muslim, but not so great if you are a Christian.

All of this begs another question, however. Why is this an assignment in our American schools? Religion of any kind seems to be closely monitored nowadays in our public school system. So, it's a wonder how this assignment went by almost unnoticed.

Could there be something deeper at work here?

Something parents should be aware of?

Just food for thought and something to think about.

Gabriel Perez

Posted on May 31, 2018 10:40

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Source: The Blaze

A Christian pastor confronted a West Virginia middle school this week after his daughter came home with an assignment that...

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