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Illinois School Sparks Controversy by Making Students Learn Muslim Vocabulary Words

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Oct 20
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An Illinois school is under fire for including Muslim words on vocabulary lists for its students.


Charisma News reports that the vocabulary list at High Mount School in Illinois includes words like “jihad, Islam, Muhammad,” and “Koran.”


High Mount superintendent Mark Halwachs said the words were included in the students’ vocabulary lists as a way to encourage tolerance.


“You have to look at the age group and your students, and to me you can talk about different things in the world and teach about tolerance,” Halwachs said.


Halwachs also stated that he wants the students to know that it was not a religion that was behind the September 11 attacks, but a group of evil men who were part of a fanatical faction of Islam.


“It wasn't a religion that did that. It was bad men that did that,” said Halwachs.


Some parents, however, do not agree with Halwachs.


Rachel Seger, a mom of a 12-year-old student at High Mount, said she couldn’t believe that the school was making her daughter learn Muslim words as part of her vocabulary lesson.


"She said, 'What's Koran mean?' and I flipped out," Rachel Seger said. "I said, 'Excuse me?' and I looked at them and I said oh my God."


Todd Starnes, in his article for Charisma News, agrees with Rachel Seger and has accused High Mount of indoctrinating their students. 



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Publication date: October 20, 2015