Thursday, October 26, 2006

Why Johnny Is Reading Islamic Propaganda

Why Johnny Is Reading Islamic Propaganda
By Bob Unruh

Islam is being taught in the nation's public schools as a religion to be embraced because "organized Islamists have gained control of textbook content," according to an organization that analyzes textbooks.

The American Textbook Council has concluded that the situation is the consequence of "the interplay of determined Islamic political activists, textbook editors, and multiculturally minded social studies curriculum planners."

It has gone so far that correcting the situation now becomes a problem, because "educational publishers and educational organizations have bought into claims propounded by Islamists – and have themselves become agents of misinformation."

That comes from Gilbert T. Sewall, who not only wrote the organization's report on Islam and textbooks, but also generated a response to the flood of criticism he encountered.

William J. Bennetta, author of The Textbook Letter and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, also has documented dozens of instances of advocacy for or against a belief system, and has produced a list of books where the "religion preaching" leaves them "unfit for use."

Indeed, Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes even has repeatedly expressed concern about the "privileging of Islam in the United States" and warns the stakes go well beyond 7th-grade texts. His opinion of Houghton Mifflin's "Across the Centuries? Full of "apologetics" and "distortions."

WND recently reported on a case in Oregon, where parent Kendalee Garner objected to having her son being taught Islam, including the memorization of the "Five Pillars" of Islam and dressing up as a Muslim.

That episode followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision just a few weeks ago not to review a lower court's ruling that a similar class requirement in the Byron Union School District in California, where students were instructed to "become Muslims" was "cultural education".

WND also has reported that a man arrested as a terror suspect for allegedly trying to transport $340,000 from a group tied to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and who reputedly had connections to Osama bin Laden, helped write the "Religious Expression in Public Schools" guidelines issued by President Clinton during his tenure in office.

Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was president of the American Muslim Council and a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, worked with President Clinton and the American Civil Liberties Union when the guidelines, guidelines later used by a federal judge to conclude such teaching was legal, were compiled.

Sewall said in his elaboration that his study showed world history textbooks "hold Islam and other non-Western civilizations to different standards than those that apply to the West" even while "Islamic pressure groups and their allies seek to suppress the critical analysis of Islam inside and outside classrooms."

Such textbooks result when "nervous publishers" obey educational fashion and rely more heavily on diversity experts than on trustworthy scholarship, he said.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When a man will not come over to our side I say,"Who are you? We already have your children''--Adolph Hitler. Its certainly no accident that along with the many radical teachers unions that Islamists would find a home in such an industry as schoolbook writting and publishing.What you cannot defeat miltiarly,you subvert through means such as this. I pray parents and parents groups wise up to this outrage. J'Mac

5:47 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Hi! VERY well-written response, J'MAC, that's absolutely true!

6:06 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

Sounds like it's time for a bonfire. Maybe Thomas Sowell or Paul Johnson will be forced to step into the breach and write some outstanding history books for kids.
Well done JM!


4:23 AM  
Anonymous z said...

Morgan, you have such a great suggestion. HOw I wish REAL patriots who love America would write for kids. They're finding out that our kids aren't learning American history anymore! Look, when you hate your country, why teach your kids its wonderful history, right?

The teachers' unions must be stopped.

2:37 PM  

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