Monday, March 9, 2009

US Public School Teach Islamic Agenda?

Subject: US Public Schools Teaching Children Pro-Islamic Propaganda

To all of you who have children and grandchildren in the U.S. Public School
system, GET INVOLVED!!! Don't let this happen in YOUR children's school!!!
If no one protests, and no one stops this, these lies will become the

March 09, 2009

US Public Schools Teaching Children Pro-Islamic Propaganda

By Marc Sheppard

Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus and the 9/11
murderers were not Islamic Fundamentalists but simply a generic "teams of
terrorists." That's the caliber of politically corrected crap many of our
children are being taught in American public schools -- and it's past time
all parents took serious notice.

A five year study by Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra of the Institute for
Jewish and Community Research cites hundreds of such errors and distortions
found in "28 of the most widely used social studies and history textbooks in
the United States." Their book, The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting
History and Religion, examines the pro-Islamic disinformation they
uncovered, including the assertion that Jesus was a Palestinian, not a Jew.

Ybarra claims that the textbooks also treat Islam with special privilege and
tend not to criticize or challenge it, as they do Judaism and Christianity.
He offers this example from the glossary of World History: Continuity and

It calls the Ten Commandments "moral laws Moses claimed to have received
from the Hebrew God," while the entry for the Koran contains no such
qualifier in saying it is the "Holy Book of Islam containing revelations
received by Muhammad from God."

Education expert Gilbert T. Sewall, the director of the American Textbook
Council, has also found a decidedly "whitewashed" version of Islam in school
history books. Sewall told Fox News that pusillanimous "publishers have
been pressured by Islamic activists to portray the religion in the most
favorable light, while Islamic terrorism is downplayed or glossed over." He
singles out the textbook World History: The Modern World for intentionally
omitting the religion of the 9/11 hijackers: [my emphasis]

"On the morning of September 11, 2001, teams of terrorists hijacked four
airplanes on the East Coast. Passengers challenged the hijackers on one
flight, which they crashed on the way to its target. But one plane plunged
in to the Pentagon in Virginia, and two others slammed into the twin towers
of the World Trade Center in New York. More than 2,500 people were killed in
the attacks."

No mention of Islamic Fundamentalists. No mention of jihad. No attempt to
explain the identities or murderous motivations of the madmen who
perpetrated the most horrific attack on our country ever.

And speaking of jihad, here's how Sewall described what the book History
Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond teaches students about the subject:

"Jihad is defined as a struggle within each individual to overcome
difficulties and strive to please god. Sometimes it may be a physical
struggle for protection against enemies," the book reads, noting that Islam
teaches "that Muslims should fulfill jihad with the heart, tongue and hand.
Muslims use the heart in their struggle to resist evil."

Sounds almost like a Dr. Philism, doesn't it?

Of course, there's no suggestion of what those hands might do should the
heart and tongue fail to resolve the "struggle." Nor that some of those
hands have held long gleamless knives to slowly and agonizingly behead
"infidels" or pressed the trigger to detonate shrapnel-filled suicide belts
to burn, eviscerate, and terrorize even greater numbers of innocents.

According to Textbook League president William J. Bennetta, the book does,
however, fabricate a pro-Muslim, anti-Judeo-Christian version of history and
teaches children that only religious views held by Muslims are important.
Bennetta accuses both the authors and publishers, the Teachers Curriculum
Institute, of "subjecting students to Islamic indoctrination" by
"relentlessly presenting Muslim religious tales and religious beliefs as
matters of historical fact." He further accuses TCI - which provides
schools a wide range of K-12 curricular programs -- of having "a close
relationship with the Islamic Networks Group (ING), a Muslim propaganda
agency based in San Jose, California."

And as far I can tell, both of the aforementioned books remain in active
academic duty throughout our nation's public school systems. And,
unfortunately, they share the shelves with many like-minded tomes.

Obviously, Islamic advocacy groups the likes of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) claim legitimate (and some perhaps not so)
motivation to advance positive perceptions of Muslims to our populace, and
easily dupe PC academics to do so blindly. But there's little reasonable
doubt that such liberal naivety also paves the way for those with intent of
a more pernicious nature. Be they simply advocating creeping Sharia law in
America or perhaps proselytizing or actually laying down cover for the most
vile of terrorist activity, such interests would be greatly served by a
generation of minds filtered of Islam's darker side.

And then there are the more immediately focused concerns. Is it any
coincidence that our kids are now being taught that Jesus was a Palestinian
and Muslims had nothing to do with 9/11 and jihad is but a harmless struggle
of the heart? With the media already working their blatant bias on the
parents, mightn't such skewed instruction of our progeny spark cunningly
orchestrated dinner conversation regarding America's foreign policy stance
on a particular Mideast powder keg?

Now, I'd venture to guess that those still with me these past 800 words or
so aren't likely mind-clay for PC opinion-sculptors. But unless the
protection of your children extends beyond the physical, you leave their
emergent psyches susceptible to all manner of PC indoctrination -- including
the latest multicultural claptrap. And while current events have moved the
threat of a worldwide Sharia-based caliphate to the rear of the world stage,
its persistent proponents continue to exploit the inane liberal tenet of
"celebrating diversity."

Of course, public schools are hotbeds of such liberal idealism. And they're
practically a second home to our kids. And, short our diligent oversight,
teachers will invariably leave indelible leftie scars on a child's personal
development. So now, more than ever, it's imperative we monitor school
books, and stand up and scream at teachers, administrators, and
superintendents should we discover any ideology beyond the sprinkling of
liberal bias we reluctantly accept as inevitable.

Just as with curricular green globaloney, your best defense against
scholastic Dhimmitude begins at home.

Discuss what they're being taught, and be prepared to teach them the truth.
Teach them about Jesus, or Israel, or both. Once they're old enough to
understand, teach them about 9/11. Teach them about Sharia and jihad and
oppressed women and terrorism and honor killings and barbaric execution
methods. Teach them that only just and nurturing cultures deserve to be
celebrated, not diversity itself.

But above all, teach them how to recognize propaganda and to think for

Marc Sheppard is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and welcomes
your comments.

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