According to several media accounts, the teacher of a world geography class at Lumberton High School recently posted a photo of female students in her class wearing burqas as part of a lesson on Islam. She reportedly told her students to refer to Islamic terrorists as "freedom fighters" and asserted that the problems afflicting Egypt were brought about by democracy but are now being fixed by the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Mohammad Morsi.
"They are blaming democracy for the turmoil in Egypt and painting the Muslim Brotherhood as some political savior," Markell notes. "And I think that's what's scary about all this -- the blatant distortion, the blatant lies that are coming out of the public education system."
Fox News reports that the Lumberton Independent School district has issued a statement in response to the incident, saying, "The lesson that was offered focused on exposing students to world cultures, religions, customs, and belief systems … Clothing expresses the individual culture. The lesson was not teaching a specific religion, and the students volunteered to wear the clothing."
While the principal has stated his support for the lesson, the OTM founder is encouraged that the chairman of the Texas Senate Education Committee, Dan Patrick (R), has suggested that it was "anti-American" and discriminatory against Christianity. Based on the principal's claim that the lesson was required by the state, Patrick began to investigate the matter, finding that claim to be false.
"Not everybody is deceived and deluded in the state of Texas," says Markell. "I hope [Patrick] can turn something around. This is public education run amok, and if parents can't get their kids out of this kind of an education system, they're just contributing to the brainwashing of their kids."
On Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, co-host Gretchen Carlson talked to Madelyn LeBlanc, a student in the class who wore a burqa, and her mother, April.
Madelyn explained that her teacher went more in depth with the lesson on Islam, and she maintained that she and the other students wore the burqas voluntarily. Her mother, however, was "alarmed" by the "freedom fighter" aspect.
Markell goes on to argue that these same public school systems would never go out of their way to paint Christianity or Judaism in the positive light, and Patrick asserts that they would never encourage a Muslim student to dress up like a priest.
"We're in the strong delusion of the last days (2 Timothy 3), where we have to put a positive spin on something that is absolute evil (Isaiah 5:20)," Markell warns.