West Virginia high school flooded with out-of-state complaints about Islamic culture lesson
A Florida woman whose inflammatory Facebook post about a Common Core vocabulary exercise led to a North Carolina high school being inundated with accusations of indoctrination is at it again — only this time her target is a West Virginia high school that includes a unit on Islamic culture in its curriculum.
Last week, Diannae Lynn Savage wrote the following on Facebook:
Many of Savage’s followers took her up on her offer to call up and speak to Principal Hall, including Shaun Adkins, a former United States Marine who also published the following video response on YouTube:
In his “truthful rant on Islam,” Adkins noted that Principal Hall informed him about Policy 2510, a West Virginia Board of Education statute that requires that all “educational programs [be] designed to prepare students for a global society by improving the quality of teaching and learning in the public schools and ensuring that equal education opportunities exist for all students.”
Which, according to Adkins, “is a bunch of politically correct bullcrap.”
“There’s nothing wrong with accepting other people,” he went on to say, “I have always taught my kids to love everyone, be tolerant of everyone and accepting of everyone. But I do not want my kids to be accepting of another religion and another culture that is driven by hate and murder. And in particular, hatred toward them, and toward you!”
“First of all, I don’t hate Muslims. I hate Islam — but I don’t hate Muslims,” Adkins continued. “If you look at what Islam does world wide, it’s atrocious, and I say that. And sometimes when I say that, liberals start popping out like boobies at Mardi Gras.”
“I don’t think all Muslims are bad. I just think that they’ve become irrelevant and their religion has been taken over by this rogue element,” he added.
He expounded on his openness to other people and cultures in a post in which he declared it a “FACT” that “[s]ome of my greatest friends in the world are black and hispanic. I have some friends who are gay and even one who is an atheist (though not of the militant variety who attempts to force everyone else to agree with them).”
Principal Hall told The West Virginia Gazette that she understands the concern of these out-of-state critics of her school’s curriculum, but that “if they had an issue with something they saw, particularly generated by a student or students, they should have asked us first.” Instead, she said, “it’s been crazy.”
“The [people] that have called me, they don’t think that the Middle East should be mentioned in the school at all unless you do the bad part about it. You know, that these people are out to kill us and all of that,” she added.