Published on Feb 16, 2013 by SDAMatt2a
Hat tip: http://halalporkshop.blogspot.ca/
Expect the ACLU in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . Oh, who’s kidding who?
Administrators at the Vigo County School Corporation are trying to figure out how a Muslim family managed to go classroom to classroom Friday morning, handing out religious literature to most every teacher while school was in session.
“And we are addressing that, we are making changes,” said Ray Azar, the corporation’s director of student services.
Azar told reporters Monday afternoon that an internal investigation is being launched at Dixie Bee Elementary, the K through 5 school three girls in that Muslim family attend. Azar said those girls and their father were properly approved to drop off cards, with a religious message, and a flower for each teacher at the school. But the family, according to Azar, was never supposed to venture beyond the school’s main office.
The message on the fliers the family dropped off reads, “Mohammed is a prophet of Mercy. Do not defame people, lest you make them your enemies.”
That’s a thinly veiled threat.
The school corporation vehemently denies any claim that it was endorsing a particular religion by allowing the school visit; rather, according to Azar, it was viewed as a lesson in history.
Not one school board member was willing to comment on the incident at Dixie Bee Elementary, and the topic did not come up at Monday evening’s school board meeting.
“Nobody told me to stop,” recalled Mohammed Alharbi, 34, a father of four. “Unfortunately, they gave me a visitor’s tag: that means I can go and observe class to class.”
Alharbi’s visit to Dixie Bee Elementary School in Terre Haute, the morning of Friday, February 8, is stirring much controversy; it’s even launched an internal investigation behind the walls of the kindergarten through fifth grade school, according to high-ranking leaders of the Vigo County School Corporation.
Alharbi told News 10 the Dixie Bee school principal had approved his visit at least a couple days in advance. Alharbi said he shared with the principal his family’s plan for his three daughters, all of whom are enrolled at Dixie Bee, to deliver a flower and a flier — one for each teacher — and that he planned to accompany the girls on their classroom-to-classroom campaign.
“I went to the office, and I told them I would pass the flowers with my children,” Alharbi shared. “I will hold the basket for the kids, and the kids will pass the flowers for teachers.”
The message printed on the cards the girls handed out could be considered religious in nature; but Alharbi insists it was more a “universal” message about peace and love.
“My message was to thank the teachers who educate my children,” Alharbi said.
But one of Alharbi’s cards, obtained by News 10, reads: “Mohammed is a Prophet of Mercy.”
Despite the controversy, Mohammed Alharbi says he still loves Dixie Bee Elementary, and still wants his girls to attend the school they so dearly love.