A California mother says she refused to let her son complete a homework assignment on Islam, sending back an angry message for his teacher.

Tara Cali, of Bakersfield, uploaded a photo of the worksheet to Facebook, bringing it to the attention of a local news station, KGET-TV. 

The seventh-grade history assignment asked students to name the Five Pillars of Islam and to summarize Islamic beliefs and practices, "Fox and Friends" reported today.

It also provided a barcode for students to scan with their cell phone in order to listen to a Muslim prayer online.

The mother wrote on the sheet that her son will “not be a part of this in any sort of way” and directed the school to call her lawyer.

She also included specific Bible references and claimed that the school had not done similar lessons on Christianity. 


This is the seventh graders schoolbook here in Bakersfield for history. This is the assignment that accompanied it.

Posted by Tara Cali on Thursday, October 1, 2015


The post seems to have struck a chord with people. Despite little coverage in the media, it was shared more than 100,000 times in the past week. 

But many of the top comments disagree with Cali's stance, saying that learning about the world includes Islam and that the curriculum here, taught throughout California, does include Christianity.

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