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Virginia Schools Closed After Backlash over Arabic Calligraphy Lesson: 'No One Was Trying to Convert the Students to Islam'

18 December 2015 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Backlash over a homework assignment on Islam at a Virginia school led officials to cancel classes in the entire Augusta County district on Friday. "While there has been no specific threat of harm to students, schools and school offices will be closed Friday, December 18, 2015," Augusta County Schools said in a statement. Extracurricular activities were canceled on Thursday afternoon as well. During a class on world religions on Dec. 11, a teacher at Riverheads High School in Staunton asked students to write religious calligraphy in Arabic. The assignment read, "Here is the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, written in Arabic. In the space below, »

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