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Kids forced to praise allah, local Catholic homeschooling getting noticed December 17, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, scandals, secularism, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

Two more articles for your consideration during the long, cold winter of my absence from this blog.  First, students in Virginia were directed to make the shaddat, or irrevocable statement of faith in islam, in a calligraphy class:

Students at Riverheads High School in Greenville, Virginia, were told to practice calligraphy by writing out the statement “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” The assignment was given by classroom teacher Cheri Laporte. [They were told to “practice” writing this. Did they write it three times?  If they did, whether they meant it or not, they are now considered muslims for life, and leaving that religion could expose them to a death sentence. I can see why parents would be enraged]

…….Parents told The Schilling Show that their children were not given the translation of what they were writing.

Riverheads High School Principal, Max Lowe, did not directly acknowledge an inquiry requesting confirmation of the incident, clarification of policy, and disciplinary measures, if any, taken against Ms. Laporte.

The school district defended the assignment…….[Of course they did. Bureaucrats are loathe to admit a mistake]

………But parents say that other religions were not represented. Parents told The Schilling Show that “the Koran was presented to students, the Bible was not. The teacher reportedly declined to provide a Bible because all the students have either read or seen a Bible.”

Female students were also encouraged to wear a hijab, it was reported[Now this, to me, tips it from being possibly innocent, to likely deliberate attempt to either win kids to islam, for whatever reason, or at least, to indoctrinate them in a multi-kulti “islam is the religion of peace” kind of mentality]

When asked about the hijab, the district explained the students were merely being taught about “modest dress adopted by many in the Islamic faith and were invited to try on a scarf as a part of an interactive lesson about the Islamic concept of modest dress.” [Can you imagine the school/teacher inviting students to wear veils, to learn about the Catholic concept of modest dress?  They’d rather die that do that]

“The scarf used in the activity was not an actual Islamic religious hijab,” the district stated.

Directly related to the above, the Dallas Morning News has an article about the burgeoning homeschooling movement in the area.  They don’t single out Catholics as being leaders in this movement, even though we are, and their primary subject for the article is a Catholic family.  While the desire to instill the Faith into children is cited as a prime reason for homeschooling, and one I certainly agree with, I am dubious as to the cost factor associated with Catholic schools as an alternative. Yes, it is significant, even crippling, but much more significant to me, and to many other Catholic homeschoolers, is the fact that if you care about your kids keeping the Faith, Catholic schools are the dead last place you want to send them:

For Kahlig and her husband, their decision to home-school their children came down to finances and religion.

“We felt that home schooling was the best option for our children,” Kahlig said. “We would love to have them in one of the local Catholic private schools, but they are just too expensive. We could probably send one student there, but it just wouldn’t be financially possible to send all of our children there.” [Well, whatever.  By hook or crook, you made the right choice, maybe better than you know.  No educational cohort loses the Faith to a greater degree than those who are the product of Catholic schools.  Combined with Catholic college, over 80% fall away]

The Kahligs are one of many Frisco families who face a financial challenge when trying to find an academic option that also incorporates spiritual enrichment.

Bonnie DeAtley, a mother of three, estimated that she and her husband save roughly $25,000 a year by home schooling their children instead of sending them to a private Catholic school. But to have the religious community that comes along with such a school, DeAtley and Kahlig joined Catholic home-schooling groups to supplement their children’s at-home education.

Sarah Griffith, founder of Catholic Homeschoolers in Frisco, decided to home-school her children in 2009 and “realized I needed a support group. So I got together with another home-schooling mother and used a room at our local church for our group to meet once a month.”

CHF, which meets once a month at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco, now has 20-30 families that meet for religious enrichment classes, field-trip outings and mothers-night-out events. It is one of dozens of home-school social groups in the area. [These groups are numerous and tremendously helpful.  I do recommend them, generally.]

“We don’t have anything against public schools,” [???] said Kim Martin, who along with her husband moved from Dallas to Frisco. “We just recognize the benefits from the individual attention and direction that a home-school environment provides.” [Whatever. I’m a product of public schools. I have loads against them, especially now.  Why are there so many little leftists running around?  Indoctrination in the schools]

…….“No teacher — public or private — can give a student a better education than a dedicated and motivated parent.”

Totally agree, and that’s an extremely important factor.  Even more important, to my wife and I, at least, is the ability to form our children in the Faith according to our lights and the guidance of the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  For a variety of reasons (and going back decades – you can quote Fulton Sheen on this from the 60s), Catholic schools are poison for the retention of the Faith into adulthood.  Public schools are increasingly problematic, from a spiritual/moral as well as educational perspective.  Some protestant private schools are OK, provided you can deprogram your kid every day or week from the errors they’ve been exposed to.  But when it comes to instilling the Faith, having strong oversight over who my kids interact with (all the efforts to family and educator can be undone by one disastrous peer influence), and teaching them according to classical means and with a strong emphasis on history, literature and the greatness of Catholic Christian civilization (Christendom), homeschooling is really the only alternative.

God bless all those parents who make the sacrifices to do it.


1. Faith of Our Fathers - December 18, 2015

The sooner Donal Trump gets in and sorts these Traitors out the better. There would have been an uprising across the USA had this been a Catholic practice to enter the Faith . Your country like the UK is going to hell quicker than you can say -Caliphate-

2. Baseballmom - December 18, 2015

I think the comments about “having nothing against public schools” is said out of fear… The Catholic homeschoolers do not want to raise the ire of the teachers union.

3. Judy - December 18, 2015

If I ever told my neighbors what I really think about the “blue ribbon” public schools their children attend and the watered-down, politically correct, sexually explicit education they receive, I would quickly be persona non grata. It is necessary to allow them to believe that all the choices are equally beneficial, because they can’t admit to themselves that the schools are hazardous to the soul of their child. There is a lot of talk about their children being “salt and light.” How salty can a child remain when the pressure to conform is coming not only from students, but also teachers and administrators?

4. John - December 18, 2015

We ended up homeschooling our children after “enjoying” the benefits of both public and Catholic schools. It was the Catholic school that finally pushed us into homeschooling. This was over 20 years ago, so you get an idea of how far back the problems with modern Catholic education goes. Now our diocese is adopting a version of Common Core ( or Commie Cored as some say) and they are claiming that everything will be just fine. What is amazing to me is how few people have any clue as to what is going on!

5. c matt - December 18, 2015

In order of preference it would be homeschool, private non-denom school, private Protestant school, public “charter” school, public school, Catholic private school, and last and least, Jesuit private school. Just ain’t worth the money.

Baseballmom - December 18, 2015

I think you nailed it.

Tantumblogo - December 18, 2015

Agree, I think you’ve got it.

Tim - December 18, 2015


6. Ann Malley - December 18, 2015

…and yet some Catholics over in Germany (at least from my experience) are warned and have warned ‘me’ that homeschooling is all about dangerous, narrow minded indoctrination. The complete overturn of common sense and vetting the facts placed before one is incomprehensible. And yet this is supposedly such an era of education.

God help us that we do not throw away our true freedoms that are so hard won and not easily won back.

camper - December 23, 2015

Europeans are freaks who think like the fascists mentioned in the story _The Wave_. The mass psychology of the Nazis has returned to Europe.

7. Baseballmom - December 18, 2015

A blessed, happy and holy Advent and Christmas to all…. Kids, grandkids and ” strays” that feel like family are all on their way…. With chains, snow tires and 4WD ….. Prayers for all of you very dear souls… And especially for TB’s youngest…. See you all next year 😀

8. Tim - December 18, 2015

HSLDA…..sign up.

MSNBC diabolical moron in video piece:


My youngest turned 18 last month, I’m glad we no longer have to potentially directly deal with this nonsense.

9. richardmalcolm1564 - December 20, 2015

I think that it should be noted that there *are* Catholic schools that are solid in transmitting the faith (there are three in my area). The problem is that there so very few of them. There are just under 7,500 Catholic schools in the United States, and perhaps a couple hundred of them (on a very generous count) are worth at least considering, and many areas don’t have even one of them. A few dozen are superb.

They also tend to be non-diocesan schools – run by a (good) religious order, or entirely private and lay run. They’re not encumbered by diocesan bureaucrats and their faddish ideas.

If you have one in your area and can afford it – feel blessed. Otherwise, homeschooling may be the only option – a pity, since it can be more of a sacrifice for some parents than others. But this is the situation Catholic families have been thrust into by the fecklessness of their prelates.

10. Menelik Ebna la-Hakim Obierika - December 20, 2015

this is one of the bergoglian atheistic revolutionary favourites

11. David - December 21, 2015

I would like to see some good research done on the Catholic school system in the Diocese of Lincoln and the Diocese of Wichita. Both these dioceses have had bishops who implemented things to make their schools affordable. With the reputation for orthodoxy in these places (Lincoln in particular) I’m sure the curriculum is on solid ground when it comes to Church teaching, and I would venture to say that a large number of parents and students in Lincoln and Wichita uphold the Sunday obligation.

One dilemma parents face: is it worth me paying xxxx dollars every year if there’s not much difference between parochial vs. public, particularly if Theology and Philosophy is sub standard, and the majority of the students and parents only attend Mass on Christmas and Easter?

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