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article imageFlorida students sent home for wearing 'Islam is the Devil' shirt

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Aug 28, 2009 in Lifestyle
Students who came to school wearing a T-shirt that said, "Islam is of the Devil" were told to change their shirt or go home. The shirts were from the Dove World Outreach Church in Gainsville Fl.
GAINESVILLE, FL -- Five students arrived at school with T-shirts that proclaimed in bold red letters, "Islam is of the Devil."
Alachua County School officials say the shirt violates their dress code. Alachua Public Information Officer, Jackie Johnson, told First Coast News, "Our dress code makes it very clear that no student can wear an article of clothing that is deemed offensive."
When Emily Sapp a sophomore at Gainesville High School wore the shirt to school she was told to change it or go home. She chose to go home. Sapp, a member of the Dove World Outreach Church, doesn't believe the shirt is offensive. The 16-year-old told First Coast News: "I think it is the truth and sometimes the truth isn't the easiest to swallow."
Emily's sister, 10-year-old Faith Sapp, was also sent home from Talbot Elementary for wearing one of the shirts. Their father, Wayne Sapp, ordered the shirts over the Internet from a company where you can design your own shirts. Wayne is also a member of the Dove Center.
The front of the shirt has a Bible verse and Faith Sapp wore it so the back of the shirt, where the anti-Islam message was printed, was covered.
The other students changed their shirts when they were given the option to change or go home.
On the website of the church, the groups says they are a New Testament, Charismatic, Non-Denominational Church that believes in the whole Bible.
The reason they put the sign in front of their church was to "expose Islam for what it is." They say it's a violent and oppressive religion that is trying to masquerade itself as a religion of peace, seeking to deceive our society.
The shirts may be purchased from their website for $20. According to their site, the proceeds from the sale of the shirt go to "speaking the truth anywhere and everywhere we can."
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