Christian News Network
August 25, 2013
An elementary school in Kansas has removed a controversial bulletin board following online outrage from conservative blog sites.
Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School in Wichita had planned to teach students about various world religions during the new school year, and created a generic display on “The Five Pillars of Islam” as part of the study, along with other religious boards. A separate display in another part of the school depicted the Last Supper in an effort to outline the religious inspiration behind the artwork of the Renaissance Period.
However, when students returned to school this month, and parents saw the “Pillars of Islam” board on the walls near the Fourth Grade classrooms, some became uncomfortable. One parent photographed the bulletin board and shared it on Facebook, where it began to spread.
“Students at Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas were met with this their first day of school,” the Facebook page Prepare to Take America Back read. “This cannot stand.”
However, the school district released a statement this past week outlining that the bulletin board was by no means a promotion of Islam.
“Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet students cover the five major religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam – as part of their Core Knowledge magnet curriculum,” it explained. “The students study civilizations throughout time, throughout the world, and cover religion with a focus on the history and geography in the development of civilizations.”
The district said that it was wrong for conservative blog sites to isolate the bulletin board, rather than note that it was one board among several that depicted various major world religions.