- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Parents in Southern Indiana are livid over a middle school assignment on Sharia law, which they claim is one-sided in favor of the legal system.

Seventh-grade students at Highland Hills Middle in Georgetown were recently asked to complete a worksheet on a fictional woman named Ahlima from Saudi Arabia. The 20-year-old character defends garments such as the hijab and abaya, states that she will become a man’s second wife, and then declares Western clothing is “horribly immodest.”

Parent Dean Hohl attended a New Albany-Floyd County school board meeting on the matter and said that his child’s assignment was similar to “describing how effective Hitler was at nationalizing Germany and creating patriotism but leaving out that he slaughtered 6 million Jews,” the USA Today-affiliated Courier-Journal reported Tuesday. “Let’s tell the whole truth.”

Another parent, Jon Baker, said the document is “almost propaganda.”

“If you read that, you would think everything’s wonderful in that world,” he said.

Bill Briscoe, a spokesman for the district, told the newspaper that a review of the curriculum is underway.

The assignment, which was created by Sharon Coletti of InspirEd Educators Inc., caused a similar uproar in 2011 at a middle school in Smyrna, Georgia. She told the newspaper that anger is unwarranted in part because the worksheet also includes an Israeli woman who served in the army and plans to attend college.

“If I can shape something so that kids have to decide for themselves, once I get them involved in the situation, they never forget it,” she said.

The former educator said she would discontinue the worksheet to avoid further controversy.

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