According to reports, Anthony Giannino was the first to become aware of the fact that his son was learning about Islam in school, and out of anger, he pulled his son out of the classroom. The thing he took issue with the most was that in the textbook that the class was using, the Muslim Call to Prayer was printed, stating, “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.”
“We don’t believe in Allah. I don’t believe in my son learning about this here,” said Giannino. “If my son was from another country and came here, he would have been catered to. But where he’s not being catered to, they give him an F.”
Giannino made it clear that one of his biggest issues was that the line in the prayer was printed.
“No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That’s insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only,” Giannino said. “They should also say to you, ‘in history, your son is going to learn about Islam,’ send out a letter.”
The superintendent of Revere Public Schools has since sent a letter to parents explaining that the only reason they’re teaching about religions is because it’s part of the history curriculum.
“I want to be very clear that no religion is taught with the purpose of converting students to that religion,” part of the letter reads.
Giannino isn’t alone in how he feels, but many parents do disagree, saying they fully understand that in school, their children are going to learn about the major religions equally.
“What is Muslim about, what is Christianity about. That’s what I teach at home. Everybody should respect everybody else’s religion,” said parent Idalia Garcia to WHDH.
Still, Giannino has drafted a petition to stop the children from learning about Islam and has reportedly received a lot of support from the community.