ISLAMIC INDOCTRINATION IN TEXTBOOKS / Phyllis Schlafly: Muslim material has increased while Christianity has decreased (WND-WORLD NET DAILY COMMENTARY) by PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY 04/03/12)
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Political correctness has a double standard when it comes to teaching
about religion in public schools. Drop Christianity down the memory
hole but give extensive and mostly favorable coverage to Islam.
Even the mainstream media have provided extensive coverage of the
steady stream of court cases and threatening letters from the
American Civil Liberties Union aimed at removing all signs of Judeo-
Christianity from public schools. Not only must prayer be prohibited,
a cross and the Ten Commandments removed or covered up, a
valedictorian banned from thanking God for his help, a football coach
prohibited from bowing his head during a student-led pre-game prayer,
singing of Christmas carols banned and school calendars required to
recognize winter holiday instead of Christmas, but there is also the
complete omission of the history of the Founding Fathers’ public
recognition of Christianity.
An organization called ACT for America conducted an analysis of 38
textbooks used in the sixth through 12th grades in public schools,
and found that since the 1990s, discussions of Islam are taking up
more and more pages, while the space devoted to Judaism and
Christianity has simultaneously decreased. In 2011, the National
Assessment of Educational Progress reported that American 12th
graders scored lower in history than in any other subject, even lower
than in science, math and economics.
Most of these students are too young to remember 9/11, so current
textbook descriptions about 9/11 is all they will learn. In one
textbook example of pro-Islamic revisionism, 9/11 is portrayed as “a
horrible act of terrorism, or violence to further a cause,” without
any mention that the attackers were Muslims or that the “cause” was
The textbooks generally give a false description of women’s rights
under Islam. The books don’t reveal that women are subject to
polygamy, a husband’s legal right to beat her, genital mutilation and
the scandalous practice misnamed “honor killings,” which allows a man
to murder a daughter who dares to date a Christian.
Slavery is usually a favorite topic for the liberals, but historical
revisionism is particularly evident in the failure to mention the
Islamic slave trade. It began nearly eight centuries before the
European-operated Atlantic slave trade and continues in some Muslim
areas even today.
Other examples of historical revisionism in currently used textbooks
include the omission of the doctrine of jihad or failure to
accurately define it. Discussions of Muhammad’s life and character
are often contrary to accepted historical facts.
Muslim conquests and imperialism are usually omitted or downplayed,
and a completely false narrative about the Crusades is given. The
books often falsely claim that Islam is tolerant of Jews and
Another technique is to describe Christian and Jewish religious
traditions as mere stories attributable to some human source, whereas
Islamic traditions are presented as indisputable historic facts. In
one textbook, you can read that Moses “claimed” to receive the Ten
Commandments from God but that Muhammad simply “received” the Quran
ACT for America is sending its report to all U.S. school board
members nationwide. We hope they read it and tell the publishers the
schools won’t buy books that contain such errors and biases because
that may be parents’ only remedy for this indoctrination.
In the year of 9/11, a big controversy erupted at Excelsior public
school in Byron, Calif., where seventh graders were being taught a
three-week course about the Islamic religion. This course required
the kids to learn 25 Islamic terms, 20 proverbs, Islam’s Five Pillars
of Faith, 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples, recite from the
Qiran, wear a robe during class, adopt a Muslim name and stage their
own “holy war” in a dice game.
Excelsior was using one of the textbooks that omit information about
Islam’s wars, massacres and cruelties against Christians and Jews.
Christianity was mentioned only briefly and negatively, linked to the
Inquisition and to Salem witch hunts.
The students were given Muslim names and told to recite Muslim
prayers in class. They were required to give up things for a day to
recognize the Islamic practice of Ramadan, and the teacher gave extra
credit for fasting at lunch.
For the final exam, the students had to write an essay about Islamic
culture. The essay assignment warned students in these words: “Be
careful here; if you do not have something positive to say, don’t say
Parents naively thought they could appeal to the courts to uphold
their right to reject this class for their children, which was really
not education but behavior modification. They didn’t realize that
federal court decisions have ruled consistently against parents’
rights and in favor of the authority of public schools to teach
whatever they want.
The parents lost in court. And on Oct. 2, 2006, the U.S. Supreme
Court refused to consider the parents’ appeal from the lower court
decision against them. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/03/12)
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