Parents in Wichita, Kan., were shocked to learn a giant wall display inside their children’s elementary school was erected to promote the Five Pillars of Islam.
According to a school district spokesperson, the display was reportedly part of a religion component being taught at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet School.
“The bulletin board that originally caused the concern does represent the 5 Pillars of Islam — in a historical context of their studies,” the spokesperson said.
“There is also a painting of ‘The Last Supper’ hanging in the school as part of the study of art and the Renaissance period,” the spokesperson added. Nevertheless, the school has removed the display until the lesson is taught later in the year. School officials said the study of Islam is part of their “Core Knowledge” magnet curriculum. Students also study Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.