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Virginia Schools Close After Uproar Over Arabic Calligraphy Lesson

Published on Dec 19,2015
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A Virginia school district closed all of its schools and offices after an outcry over a high school geography lesson that included an example of Arabic religious calligraphy. The lesson, which was part of a world geography class at Riverheads High School, asked the students to copy the Arabic letters that translate to: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."The school said the lesson wasn't to promote Islam but to study "the artistic complexity of the calligraphy," superintendent Eric Bond said in a news release cited by the News Leader newspaper. In addition, the Virginia Department of Education confirmed to the Daily Progress that the lesson met state geography standards, which require learning the language and religion of each region under study but some parents were outraged.