There was a school board meeting Tuesday night in Rosenberg.
About 8-10 members of the public were first on the agenda. These men and women came to the microphone, introduced themselves, and gave stirring testimonies in support of Foster High School teacher Herby Woolverton.
Mr. Woolverton had been involved in a controversy since giving his senior government class an eight page handout about Islam. From the Houston Chronicle: “The eight-page handout a Richmond high school teacher gave to his senior government class asserted that Muhammad was a “false prophet” and that Islam is “an ideology of war.”
The document handed students on March 27 so frightened one Muslim girl in the class that she now is reluctant to attend. The student’s family, said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston Council on American-Islamic Relations, also fears retaliation…
.”‘ Fears retaliation? Oh, please.
Many of the speakers at the board meeting had been former students of Mr. Woolverton, or have children who have been students. They all gave glowing reports of this teacher, saying he was the best teacher they’d ever had, he taught them to think for themselves, he was a true educator, etc.
These folks were very angry with the school board for their complete lack of support for this excellent teacher. One man was also angry that the board is “catering to a tiny minority of the population”, rather than the school population as a whole, and said “it’s all downhill from here.”
There was a standing room only crowd, the majority of them in support of Woolverton. There was rousing applause and even some standing ovations after each speaker. Have to wonder if the board members feel they made a serious mistake?
Ultra-sincere, deeply righteous CAIR spokeschick Ruth Nasrullah was interviewed during the evening.
If I heard her correctly, she was asked about a statistic from Woolverton’s handout: “38 percent of Muslims believe that people who leave the faith should be executed.” She seemed to pooh pooh this statement, saying there is no basis in fact for it.
The Muslim site “Islam Question and Answer” makes it clear that the penalty for apostasy is indeed death. “If a Muslim apostatizes and meets the conditions of apostasy – i.e., he is of sound mind, an adult and does that of his own free will – then his blood may be shed with impunity. He is to be executed by the Muslim ruler or by his deputy – such as the qaadi or judge, and he is not to not be washed (after death, in preparation for burial), the funeral prayer is not to be offered for him and he is not to be buried with the Muslims. The evidence that the apostate is to be executed is the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever changes his religion, execute him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2794). What is meant by religion here is Islam (i.e., whoever changes from Islam to another religion).”
Ruth seems to misunderstand her religion. Have a look at the eight page handout if you get a chance. On the whole, it looks to be mostly accurate- if anything, it’s too kind. If the above handout link does not work, try this.