Nashville Media Gets Textbook Issue All Wrong.

In Maury County Tennessee a parent expressed her concern regarding her 7th grader’s assignment of writing and reciting “There is no God but Allah and the Muhammad is the Prophet”, which is the Shahada, or the Islamic profession of faith.  Parents from across the state have come forward to expose what their children have been required to do , which has put the spotlight on Tennessee’s curriculum on Islam.

The majority of parents agree the teaching of all religions has a place in their child’s classroom, but they also agree some assignments are way over the line. Religion is to be taught in a historical sense, with cultures and contributions of several groups discussed.  Reciting and writing the Islamic creed is not historical.

Tennessee’s Social Studies curriculum and pacing guide clearly show what is to be taught, however our questions have consistently asked what about the supplemental instructional material? What resources are used by teachers to add to the lesson? Are educators using this opportunity to add their own opinions or biases to an already controversial topic..Islam?

The Tennessee School Board Association is fueling this fire by urging its school boards across the state to not comply with records requests sent to several of its districts by a Conservative group based in Washington DC. Denying requests because they are out of state is one thing,  urging school officials to break state law is another.

At the same time the media is headlining why records requests cannot be fulfilled, a local news station releases its intent to investigate whether Tennessee schools are indoctrinating students with the Islamic religion. Finally, a news outlet digging to gather the evidence to prove it is in fact indoctrination.  Well, until they only spoke to one side, which happened to be the spokesman for Nashville’s most radical mosque.

Nashville News 4, WSMV reporter Hayley Mason spoke with the Islamic Center of Nashville’s Rashed Fakhruddin who poses the question could it be a witch hunt? No Mr. Fakhruddin it has nothing to do with victim-hood, it has everything to do with children in public schools reciting and writing the Islamic profession of faith.

Interesting the media chose to seek answers from the Islamic Center of Nashville which  shares a PO box with Muslim Brotherhood group the Islamic Society of North America. (ISNA) an un-indicted co conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas TX in 2008.


The Islamic Center of Nashville is where Carlos Bledsoe,  aka Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the TSU student from Memphis was radicalized, changing his name to the same as the Imams prior to driving to an Arkansas recruiting center and killing Sgt Andy Long.


The Islamic Center of Nashville where another former Imam, Mohamed Ahmed told an audience attending a Religious Communicators Council  conference he supported the Egyptian police forced virginity tests performed on female protesters in Tahrir Square.  The imam explained:  “Why? It’s a very interesting fact that the police giving you a heads up, ‘oh, those people are not virgin’.  That’s mean they are not good people”.


Mr. Fakhruddin, who leads the Islamic Center of Nashville, called the claims ridiculous.“I don’t know if this is meant to be a witch hunt, but all of the religions – Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism – they’re being taught in the schools,” Fakhruddin said.  Fakhruddin disputes the indoctrination claims and said all children should learn about all religions to better understand each other.

That’s it? That is the extent of the investigation?  Ms. Mason that wasn’t an investigation that was free advertising for the radical Nashville mosque.

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Cathy Hinners





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