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How would you feel if your seventh graders participated in this?

I found this at LGF and I was stunned. I know middle schools teach about world religions, but this project is way over the top, particularly the photos of the little girls in hijabs.

For one night, on May 9, the quaint colonial town of Amherst, New Hampshire, was transformed into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community, with the help of 80 seventh-graders at the Amherst Middle School. The weather cooperated, providing 85 degree temperatures to give an authentic Saudi feel to the evening.


More than 250 guests arrived at the open tent and were welcomed with an Arabic greeting of "Marhaba" by students at a Saudi customs desk.

During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in bold letters "Death for Drug Trafficking " at the top.

Once inside, guests were encouraged to circulate among 14 different stations created by the students.

The Arabic food-tasting station offered four entrées, curried chicken, lamb, tomato chicken with cardomom, and Moroccan chicken, served with pita breads, hummus, and couscous. Fresh fruits, cardomom coffees, and spice teas were also served.

Flowing fabrics hung from the ceiling separated the family and men-only dining sections. The tables were set on large rugs and lowered so that the diners sat on the floor.

Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women from participating in these public roles.

Dressed in traditional Arabic wear--long plaid kilts, white shirts and turbans--the boys offered food and entertained guests. The Arabic dancers enthusiastically performed to music and encouraged male visitors to join their dance.

Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and veils. An antique trunk full of black abayas worn by women, and white thobes worn by the men, were available for guests to try on.

Charles provided this picture of the Amherst middle school girls wearing their hijabs:

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There are several reasons why this picture makes my blood boil. To begin, this picture embodies al Qaeda's goal to convert everyone, especially Americans, to Islam, and they will use force to do so. Adam Gadahn, al Qaeda's English speaking servant, has issued a number of videos demanding that Americans convert or die. These kids' parents most likely have no idea the horrible symbolism these images represent. Second, hijabs, along with burqas, represent the horrible oppression and abuse of women by a misogynistic culture and religion. For example, in Iran, women were horribly beaten in public for not wearing the correct head coverings. Third, this project is nothing more than a lesson in political correctness; Muslims are the new protected class. Would the school offer a project in which the kids were required to participate in a Jewish Seder? I seriously doubt it.

Charles' comment introducing this story, although hyperbolic, has some truth to it:

In Amherst, New Hampshire, parents are getting the jump on the impending caliphate and teaching their children to welcome their new Islamic overlords

Adam Gadahn would be so proud.


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Knowledge is power, Kim. T... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

Knowledge is power, Kim. There is an abysmal ignorance about Islamic culture in this country and anything that educates us is a positive, even if it leaves us with a negative sense of what life is like over there.

I tend to agree with what P... (Below threshold)
Mike:

I tend to agree with what Paul just said ... we can only hope that these girls come away from such a lesson understanding the awful and degrading treatment of women in Arabic/Muslim society.

On the other hand, try holding a Passover Seder or Easter Mass inside a public school even simply as part of an educational unit, and watch the ACLU and Americans United come completely unglued.

It's that "required" nature... (Below threshold)

It's that "required" nature which is the problem, Paul.

No one has the right to demand that my child will dress and act in compliance with a foreign custom.

I'm all in favor of voluntary culture experiences, but if anything like this happened in Texas, I'd have my lawyer file a Cease-and-Desist before the school district could get out Insh'Allah.

On the other hand, requirin... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

On the other hand, requiring the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan to wear head-to-toe black bags whenever they go out in public has considerable appeal.

SS

Nothing in this indicates t... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Nothing in this indicates that the kids are being shown how oppressive and discriminatory this mandatory covering and denial of participation by women. They are being taught that this is 'normal'.

They may allow a Seder, but then they'd provide 'equal time' to show how 'oppressive' the Israelis are towards Hamas.

Although there's no reason ... (Below threshold)
D. Doré:

Although there's no reason to be xenophobic about it (and I'm not saying Kim is... however those feelings were aroused in me while reading this), Kim's question at the end is THE key idea:

"Would the school offer a project in which the kids were required to participate in a Jewish Seder?"

There tends to be a strange twist in our national mindset where ethnic "profiling" is bad, but celebrating this "culture of intolerance and death" is encouraged.

I agree with hermie. If yo... (Below threshold)

I agree with hermie. If you look at all of the photos, it's clear this was meant as a "they're just like us!" exercise, and not a lesson in what it's really like to live as a Muslim woman (or man, for that matter) in Saudi Arabia.

People were having too much fun to be learning anything of substance.

I'm sure most of them thoug... (Below threshold)

I'm sure most of them thought it was fun. Because I'm also sure that they neatly sliced off any of the inconvenient rules the children would be subject to if they were actually in an islamist state. The girls weren't allowed to dance or serve food. The horror! Were they allowed to speak with men? Were they chaperoned by their dads? Looking at that picture I see a lot of exposed skin. Did any of them receive detention for that (to use a suitable replacement punishment for a beating)? They certainly also appear to be touching. I could easily be wrong, but I'm pretty sure women aren't allowed to touch like that (please correct me if I'm wrong). Any chance the jewish children were mock-stoned or excluded? How about jewish families? Excluded or threatened? Anybody pretend to be an imam urging the others to rise up against the great Satan, the very same Satan teaching its children to be good little muslims? I could go on, but I think you see what I'm getting at. They got to go outside and 'play dress-up' and eat some funky ethnic treats and giggle and such. Yet none of them faced death for stepping out of their role. None of them faced the threat of losing a hand, etc. None of those girls were going home as the new 'bride' of any of the male teachers. All the fun and none of the fear. Their teachers should be ashamed for teaching them so incompletely. Teach them enough to be curious, but don't teach them enough to understand, and do it while they're still young and impressionable.

Does this same school allow... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Does this same school allow Christmas plays and displays including reading the bible? If not they should be open so several million dollar lawsuits. Thousands of lawyers are standing by. Trial to be moved to the deep South. Not religious, do it for the money.

Chilling.... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Chilling.

Time for the school people ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Time for the school people to "reeducated". I suggest a "teacher" by the name of Mr. Ballbat.

I forwarded this story on t... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

I forwarded this story on to my entire family.

Folks, this is intended to have the kids and families come away with a "see, that wasn't so bad now was it?" feeling.

Famous demonstration...drop a frog in hot water and it will INSTANTLY jump out and save it's life. Put a frog in cold water and gradually turn the heat up and you get a cooked frog!

This customs may have even seemed "charming" to the children and parents. How "charming" would they find them if they were MANDATORY...and non-compliance was met with swift and violent attention??

This is fricking bullshit. ... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

This is fricking bullshit. Bash and ban any Christan thing in school, but ooooooh, islam is special. We want everyone to know that. What a crock. I'm so tired of "Special" islam and all the bullshit that goes with it.

BTW, before Brian and Lee call me racist, islam is a perverted ideology, not a race, and it has NO PLACE in tax payer funded Public Education.

What is up with that? When... (Below threshold)
LAB:

What is up with that? When I was in the 6th grade, my mom made me a little pilgrim outfit so we could experience part of our OWN history and culture. Why did that requirement get replaced?

LGF seems to be a parody si... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

LGF seems to be a parody site.

This whole exercise is obsc... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

This whole exercise is obscene. The problem that this little show doesn't address is the way Islam is woven into the everyday life of every person in these countries and the oppressive nature that comes with being a woman in them. These seventh graders are playing dress-up, there is nothing being taught about their culture here. Slide shows, games, and dancing obscure what should truly be taught about those places.

Curious: was the "Death fo... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Curious: was the "Death for drug trafficing" sign beside other signs that said "homosexuals beheaded" or "honor killings justified?"

Or "women drivers prohibited?" Let's get ALL of Islamic culture out there for the people to see...

Pilgrims are not a religion... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

Pilgrims are not a religion. Did they dress up as 3 wise men or Mary & Joesph at Christmas?

So did they perform genital... (Below threshold)
Xennady:

So did they perform genital mutilation surgery on these girls so they would really understand what it would be like for them to live in a muslim country? Did they even mention that this happens? I doubt it.

Remember, "liberalism is a ... (Below threshold)
Nessus:

Remember, "liberalism is a mental disorder" - as Savage says.

This is a big part of Islam's strategy, they fight war on many fronts, many levels. The military war, the legal/lawsuit war, the cultural war like this example.

Look these terms up: umma, Dar al Islam, Dar al Harb, infidel, kuffar and lastly, dhimmi.

So it's not al Qaeda you ha... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

So it's not al Qaeda you hate but all Muslims.

Did any of you even bother to read the mission statement (Turning Points) or the curriculum of the school?

the terrorists who flew int... (Below threshold)
VagaBond:

the terrorists who flew into the twin towers and who battle us now profess this is there religion. Why would a school even suggest to children to dress up like that? Would they suggest them wearing sheets and hoods too. get real barney.

Again, Barney, the stick-in... (Below threshold)

Again, Barney, the stick-in-the-craw is "required".

How would you like to be required to participate in a Catholic ceremony, or an authentic two-a-day drill in football? How would you like compulsory celebration of Bible Study in a Baptist Bible School, or compelled to enter a pickled-pig's-feet-eating contest?

None of those things is bad if you have a choice. Any of them crosses the line when a person has no choice.

Anyway, I thought you supported keeping religion out of school?

They should stage a mock ex... (Below threshold)

They should stage a mock execution of students from the "Hindu Awareness Week" taking place at the middle school in the next town over, if those students happen to visit the Saudi exhibition and wander in the vicinity of the plaster-of-paris Ka'ba booth.

Dozens of migrant hindu laborers are executed every year for accidentally travelling through the cities of Mecca and Medina.

Barney, you mean THIS "miss... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Barney, you mean THIS "mission statement"? :

The "open tent" was created to encourage participants to reach out and learn from people around the world, and to promote curiosity and cultural understanding.

Since this is a SAUDI "open tent"...and it supposedly THEIR "culture" the children were meant to "understand"...let's look at how "open" their tent truly is:

From the U.S. State Dept. official website comes this "cheerful" warning:

Women considering relocating to Saudi Arabia should be keenly aware that women and children residing in Saudi Arabia as members of a Saudi household (including adult American-citizen women married to Saudi men, adult American-citizen women who are the unmarried daughters of Saudi fathers, and American-citizen boys under the age of 21 who are the sons of Saudi fathers) are considered household property and require the permission of the Saudi male head of their household to leave the country. Married women require the permission of their husband to depart the country, while unmarried women and children require the permission of their father or male guardian.

Suppose the kids got told THAT??? or THIS:
"Women are not allowed to drive or ride bicycles on public roads."

more from the State Dept. OFFICIAL website:
"Public display of non-Islamic religious articles such as crosses and Bibles is not permitted. Travel to Makkah (Mecca) and Medina, the cities where the two holiest mosques of Islam are located, is forbidden to non-Muslims."

one more State Dept. morsel:
"Saudi religious police have accosted or arrested foreigners, including U.S. citizens, for improper dress or other alleged infractions, such as association by a female with a male to whom she is not related."

Now just how much of ANY of this do you think the children were made aware of??

DJ and Just, you better pul... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

DJ and Just, you better pull up your pants your bigotry is showing.

Maybe if Bush spent 10-minutes to learn the differences between the Sunni and Shiites our boys (and girls) wouldn't be ankle deep in blood right now with no end in sight, but you just keep promoting your 'only America counts' view of the world.

Barney, I think your mis... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Barney, I think your misogyny is showing!
Don't give a damn how women are treated, eh?

My post was pulled DIRECTLY from the official State Department site regarding the customs of every nation on earth. Sorry to cloud your head with FACTS...but that is what those were!! (you may not have recognized them...since Leftists are allergic to them!)

One more of the many reason... (Below threshold)

One more of the many reasons why we home school our kids.

BarneyG2000, took your lead... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

BarneyG2000, took your lead and went to the school's website and checked out the Vision Statement. Excerpted: "Amherst Regional Middle School is a place in which the uniqueness of each individual is recognized, embraced, and appreciated."
Now why you think this justifies celebrating a culture that obviously does not tolerate individual uniqueness is lost on me. But you've been one weird dude here since day one. No matter the thread it is always used by you to twist it into some Bush bashing.

Barney, have you stopped be... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Barney, have you stopped beating your wife yet?

The difference is that I do... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

The difference is that I do not see a problem with learning about another culture, nor am I hypocrite to denounce a whole race of people, but still happily use their chief export (oil).

Barney, you dishonest anti-... (Below threshold)

Barney, you dishonest anti-American, it so happens that I have a number of Muslim friends. So your statement is as stupid as it is malicious. Way to go, you moron.

But just as I would never demand that their children participate in a 'Reverence of the Saints' celebration or a Pork BBQ picnic with beer, I would not accept anyone demanding that my daughter dress or act in any manner which demonstrated preference to a foreign culture, especially in a manner which ignored the nasty bits of modern events.

Again Barney, the difference is what you require. Move to Riyadh if you love it so much, but the Constitution still applies here. And that Constitution says we have freedoms against this sort of compulsary socialism.

Barney, good going on askin... (Below threshold)

Barney, good going on asking people a question then completely ignoring their responses. And extra credit for you for the Bush-bash! My guess is that you'd be at the head of this teacher's class.

Ah Barney, Islam is NOT a r... (Below threshold)
Nessus:

Ah Barney, Islam is NOT a race, duh. It's a socio-political-religious ideology. Damn, another lame-brained liberal, "it must be our fault" fool. Tell me, are you a school teacher? Only a teacher can be so friggin naive.

How do I know this? Was stationed in the Mid East several years ago and have lived in the number one Islamic town in the good ol' USA (Dearborn, Michigan) all my life.

Naive is the best word to describe you and others like you.

Islamic nations ARE tribal and primitive - they rank the WORST in literacy (approx. half of the Islamic world is illiterate), unemployment, productivity, individual liberty, political repression, religious repression and intolerance.

A left-liberal is someone without the common sense to even protect themselves or their nation, their culture. Geez, pathetic children.

"Ah Barney, Islam is NOT a ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"Ah Barney, Islam is NOT a race, duh.." The demonstration was based on Arab culture which is a race. There was no mention of any Islamic practices displayed. It is only your bigotry that saw indoctrination where none existed.

DJ, this was a demonstration. Would you forbid your child from participate in play the required your child to play a character other then a christian?

Islamic nations ARE tribal ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Islamic nations ARE tribal and primitive - they rank the WORST..unemployment, productivity, ... nessy

Unemployment rates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_unemployment_rate)

Kuwait 2.2%
UAE 2.4%
Qatar 3.2%

Have you ever been to Dubai? Got any other observations you want to share?

LGF seems to be a parod... (Below threshold)
marc:

LGF seems to be a parody site. - Adrian Browne

Viewed a photo of your self did you?

Paul There is an abysmal ignorance about Islamic culture in this country and anything that educates us is a positive

Well... then this little liberal exercise in tolerance should have noted off the top that the wearing of veils is NOT a religious symbol and is NOT required.

The ONLY place places that practice Islam and MANDATE the wearing of a veil are also places that have perverted the religion.

BarneyG: "Kuwait 2.2%... (Below threshold)
Drago:

BarneyG: "Kuwait 2.2%
UAE 2.4%
Qatar 3.2%

Have you ever been to Dubai? Got any other observations you want to share?"

Yes, I have. I it's hard not to notice that you, Barney, want to take these 3 tiny Oil Kingdoms and use their stats as representative of the Muslim world.

Now why would you do that? Is it because you are too stupid to realize that those 3 countries combined represent about 1% of the Muslim world and are the exceptions, rather than the rule? Or is it that you are smart enough to recognize that your overall point is full of crap and so you must, very selectively, cherry-pick a few exceptional places to play off as the norm?

It's probably a combination of both.

Here ya go Barney, a few mo... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Here ya go Barney, a few more national unemployment rates for you from those "stellar performing" muslim countries (from your own source):

Egypt: 10.3%
Syria 12.5%
Indonesia: 12.5%
Saudi Arabia: 13%
Tunisia: 13.9%
Bahrain: 15%
Oman: 15%
Iran: 15%
Jordan: 15.4%
Algeria: 15.7%
Lebanon: 20%
Libya: 30%
Yemen: 35%

Now, that's a much better representation of reality in the Muslim world.

Drago, I did not make an as... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Drago, I did not make an ass out of myself by making a blanket comment like nessy did. I do not have to prove that a majority of Muslim countries are one or the other. I only have to provide one example where nessy is wrong and I provided four.

correct three.... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

correct three.

Barney, I would even forbid... (Below threshold)

Barney, I would even forbid my daughter from performing a Christian ceremony, if it was required by her school.

Unlike you, I respect the Constitution, and do not believe in turning it 'on' or 'off' as I please.

Barney,Your defence ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Barney,
Your defence only works if Nessus said the word "all".

To prove him/her wrong, you'd have to cite more than 3 countries that have good numbers. You'd also have to cite more than just Islamic countries.
To prove either argument, someone would have to compare and contrast Islamic nations to non.

And "Arab culture", as the compound name implies, is a culture, not a race.

Even for you, you are being obtuse today.

DJ what Islamic ceremony we... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

DJ what Islamic ceremony were the students forced to perform?

SCSIwuzzy to Barney: "yo... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

SCSIwuzzy to Barney: "you are being obtuse today."

not to be picky...but can you site a day when Barney WASN'T obtuse?? I must have missed it! :)

BarneyG2000: "DJ what Islam... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

BarneyG2000: "DJ what Islamic ceremony were the students forced to perform?"

Let's all be careful...Barney is in FULL nit-picking mode!

Technically they did not perform "ceremonies" (at least the article does not indicate that they did). Rather, they conducted the entire event according to Islamic Law. This involved segregation (and degradation) of females, the covering up of the PROPERTY of the males (i.e.: the females) and the restriction that only the males could serve food and act as hosts. And so on.

Now, since the event was conducted under the guidelines of Islam as the Saudis see it, these could well and easily be construed as "ceremonies"

"Your defence only works if... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"Your defence only works if Nessus said the word "all". by scuzzy

"Islamic nations ARE tribal and primitive ..." nessy

That is a blanket statement (see the qualifies such as some or most?).

You also wrote this:
"And "Arab culture", as the compound name implies, is a culture, not a race.

But the story indicates this:
"was transformed into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent community" that implies the Arab race (the Bedouin).

Infidel whores. Behead the... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Infidel whores. Behead them for not covering their arms!

What are the odds this exercise was conjured in the hopes of demonstrating the oppression of females in Saudi Arabia? Maybe some sly right leaning adminstrator cooked it up knowing the kids would go home asking, "Mommy, why aren't the girls allowed to eat with the boys or leave the house without a male relative escort?"

Seriously, the topic has to come up during the drive home. How do Multi-Cultural Mouthpiece Mommy and Diversity-embracing Daddy explain this one away?

"Just because their culture oppresses women doesn't give us the right to judge them. They've been around as a people far longer than America."

"But Mommy, you always said women can do anything a man can do. If that's true why are their women like slaves? Shouldn't girls in Saudi Arabia be able to grow up and do whatever they want?"

"Well that's what happens when religious extremists like George Bush are in power. Now don't you worry about girls in Saudi Arabia, honey, we've got a big day tomorrow at State U protesting the gender based inequities of funding in college athletics because of football. Which is a violent ground acquisition game just like the illegal war in Iraq."

"Um, okay mom..."

Or not.

But I'd like to think it went down like that.

"Did they dress up as 3 wis... (Below threshold)
LAB:

"Did they dress up as 3 wise men or Mary & Joesph at Christmas?" I remember Christmas plays with the Nativity involved. This was never a requirement. My point is, we shouldn't be emulating another culture just to "see what it's like as a requirement." Essentially, I was agreeing with the whole idea as "chilling". True, the Pilgrims of New England were separatists, but my focus was on requiring a child to wear foreign attire in school not of our own history or culture.

Baron, I think you nailed t... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Baron, I think you nailed the Leftist Mommy & Daddy conversation perfectly!! (although it's kinda scary that you could! :) )

lgf is a parody website. T... (Below threshold)
uncle sam:

lgf is a parody website. This is not real news or real event. It was probably done just to get a reaction out of people like you. Get the facts before going off on a tirade.

Oh, so it was a hoax of som... (Below threshold)

Oh, so it was a hoax of some kind, Uncle Sam?

Surely you can provide proof of that.

A hoax? Sorry, charlie. H... (Below threshold)

A hoax? Sorry, charlie. Here's the original story from the local newspaper that printed it:

http://www.cabinet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070531/MILFORD01/70531004/-1/Milford01

Oh, it was in the original ... (Below threshold)

Oh, it was in the original post as well. Nice of the liberals to ignore that the original source was there all the time for them, instead choosing to take the time to lie about unrelated topics.




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