A boy riding his bicycle to school passes a U.S. flag placed upon a highway overpass in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A rural Virginia school district canceled classes and a holiday concert after being flooded with angry messages over a school calligraphy lesson that involved copying a Muslim statement of faith in Arabic.Anger over the lesson has escalated since a teacher at Riverheads High School gave students an assignment that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic – the Shahada, a profession of faith recited in Muslims' daily prayers.The teacher's lesson was drawn from instructional material that also includes Judeo-Christian assignments.School officials said the aim of the lesson was to illustrate the complexity of the written Arabic language, not to promote any religious system.
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