Texas High School Tells Teenage Girls to Wear Burqas

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Don’t worry, it’s for “educational purposes” so that they can understand Islam better.

The parents said they confronted their daughter and told her to explain exactly what she had been taught.

“They were asked about their perception of Islam,” she said. “Most of the class said they thought about terrorism. And her response was, ‘we’re going to change the way we perceive Islam.’”

And there’s no better way to change a teenage girl’s perception than with a Burqa.

The lesson on Islam was taught in a world geography class at Lumberton High School. The teacher brought burqas and other Islamic clothing for the female students to wear. They were also assigned to write an essay based on a Washington Post story that blamed Egypt’s troubles on democracy – instead of the Muslim Brotherhood.

We live in a surreal world of Title IX and educational Burqas. These things are really not compatible. But the school explains that it was all for diversity’s sake.

The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs, and belief systems. A description on the whiteboard behind the students show the splits in religions: Islam (Sunni and Shia), Judaism (Reform, Conservatives, and Orthodox), and Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant). Clothing expresses the individual culture. The lesson is not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing.

The portrait focused only on Middle Eastern attire and the students are wearing variations of this customary attire found in the Middle Eastern culture. This portrait does not reflect the entire aspect of the lesson. The lesson encompassed diversity education so students receive a firm understanding of our world and why people are motivated differently.

So were there any students dressing up as Catholic nuns or Orthodox Jews? I suspect not, or else we would be seeing those photos.

“This is the normal answer from every school using CSCOPE,” said Janice VanCleave, a vocal critic of the program and the founder of Texas CSCOPE Review. “They are definitely promoting the Islamic religion.”

VanCleave said the trouble is that teachers are not giving students the full story. “They are not telling students how these young women are treated in this religion,” she told Fox News. “In the Islamic countries women are not treated well at all.”

They may not have been telling students… but they were certainly showing them.

One student quoted the teacher as saying, “We are going to work to change your perception of Islam.”

The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.”

And we’re not calling them teachers anymore, they’re freedom educators.

  • UCSPanther

    Burquas= cloth prisons

  • JacksonPearson

    Instead of learning about evil Islam, how about displaying the Ten Commandments in every school and teaching to live by the Word of God's Laws. Add, not to be outdone by the Progressives, pledge allegiance to the American flag every morning? No you say, and why not? What harm could be done, or possibly go wrong?

    • tagalog

      Thank you. Between one requirement and the other there isn't a dime's worth of difference.

      Besides, the Pledge of Allegiance and a display of the Ten Commandments have some connection with American history and customs, unlike wearing a burqa, the open manifestation of the subordination of women in the Muslim world.

      • JacksonPearson

        I disagree. Yes there are many differences between Islam and Christianity, and God's written laws. The two are diametrically opposite one another.

        But, apparently these students aren't given a choice…and that's my point. If you've ever read the Qur'an, it has nothing but hate, death and destruction. Christianity offers love and eternal life.

        More people attempt to break into the U.S., than to escape. Contrary to thought, the United States was created based on strong Judeo-Christian values. That's why we're hated by some in the world, and envied by others.

        • tagalog

          I was talking about the requirements, not comparing the religions.

        • David

          Have you ever traveled to other parts of the world and/or asked foreigners their opinion of the US?

          More to the point, have you ever been to the Middle East or another Muslim country? Have YOU ever read the Qur'an? Heck, what do you even know ABOUT Islam?

          Would it shock you to learn that Jesus is also honored in their tradition? Perhaps that Muslims have a religious injunction AGAINST persecuting Christians and Jews? That 99% of the Muslim world sees as whacko-terrorists the same guys WE think of as whacko-terrorists?

          Minds are like parachutes; they only work when open…!

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    NOTHING about the "subtle" indoctrination to Islam should shock anyone, at least to those whose brains are still intact. Besides, has anyone ever, in all their life, heard of public school pushing yamulkas/skullcaps on boys heads, and Hasidic garb on boys or girls? What about hanging crosses from student's necks, just in order to understand Christian culture/religion? Never and never. However, Islam is a "protected" religion/political culture and that is that.

    To be sure, this has been commented on here and there – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/24/americans-do-

    The above is "just" the tip of the left's Islamic spear. The red/green alliance. No kidding.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Capt_Z1

    If a teacher ever put my child in a burka, he/she would be missing some teeth.

  • BLJ

    I am thinking about opening up a new fast food joint called "Burqa King". I will serve pork products to only veiled Muslims. Wish me luck!

  • tagalog

    I realize that schools stand in loco parentis and can therefore set standards for proper attire. Nevertheless, what ever happened to liberty? It's a form of tyranny for a public school to prescribe a foreign style of attire, and there's nothing improper about a student wearing clothing that is appropriate for ordinary social purposes, or to refuse to wear clothing that is alien to the commonly-accepted tastes of the larger community.

    I think there should be a day when Lumberton High School should work to change peoples' perception of Christianity and prescribe that students wear the traditional habits of monks and nuns.

    While I was at it I'd be demanding that whoever claimed that terrorists are to be deemed "freedom fighters" justify that claim with some reasonable line of argument. Why should the statement, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" go unchallenged?

    If there's going to be a new perception of Islam in that school, are students going to be able to avoid discipline if they go around talking about "death to infidels," and pretending to be using guns to kill unbelievers?

  • gsr

    Muslims are here in surprisingly large numbers. After 9/1101, their numbers sky-rocketed as Repubs and Dems thought we must welcome more in order that they wouldn't hate us and commit another 9/11.

    It's the immigration baby. (plus the bat-crap crazy Dept. of Education).

    • figment

      amazing how many muslims are in NY, NJ and PA – ground zero

  • Drakken

    And the Balkanization of America continues!

  • Me

    I fear that we will have Sharia Law in this country and it will be by the vote of the people.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I think this wasn't necessary?

  • SCE2AUX

    Let them try this with Christianity or Judaism.
    Needless to say, I'm not buying it.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Anyone want to bet that the teacher didn't mention that the burqua is used to enforce female subjugation and the general distrust of female sexuality in particular.

    • Mary Sue

      it's female objectification on steroids.

  • patron

    Biggest problems facing American students:

    1. Getting shot to death your classmate
    2. Getting raped by your teacher

    NEA responds with Islam sympathy programs.

    That'll work.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.”

    The future must not belong to those who…

    Yes, all violence (by non-whites or non-conservatives, which is nearly all of it) is caused by the desire for liberty and the fight against oppression. All we need to know is that a Muslim killed someone to know that blood was spilled for the sake of freedom. There is no such thing as Islamic terror. Really. I promise. Would I lie to you?

  • FPF

    And we tell CSCOPE and the teachers to get lost and disappear.

  • BigRon

    A few lessons on Islam will not convert Texas high school students. The 'burqua' idea probably wasn't well thought out but maybe some of the girls recognized how oppressive it was to have to wear one and came away resolutely persuaded against Islam and sympathetic to Muslim women for having to undergo this life long fashion ordeal. Being a parent, I'm much more concerned about some of the cultural garbage that is produced right here in the US and foisted on us all every single day.

  • figment

    wondering if the teacher also gave detailed explanations of female genital mutilation?

  • Taryn

    I am a student of LHS. I had this teacher's class last year, and I can vouch for her when I say we were not "forced" to wear burqas or any of the other clothing items. People volunteered themselves. We wrote essays and took lessons about things like this to understand cultural diversity, not be converted to Islam. This has been blown much out of proportion. Before assuming these poorly source websites/news channels are correct, do your research and get facts straight.

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  • Shari Peterson

    Some Haredi JEWISH girls and women also wear burkas. Let’s discuss that twist.

    • Ponopo

      They’re called crazy people

  • tagalog

    AND no one required the moneymakers to wear burquas.