Father of High School student banned from campus over Islam dispute

The insanity and indoctrination continues:

Local affiliate KDFW reported that Kevin Wood received a no trespassing order on Tuesday after he objected to a Charles County high school’s assignment teaching the benefits of Islam to students .

Wood, a a former corporal and eight-year combat veteran in the U.S. Marine Corps, could not believe what La Plata High School was teaching his daughter: making her memorize and recite the “Five Pillars of Islam” – the core of Islamic faith, along with a highly-sanitized biography of Islam’s “prophet” Mohammed.

Wood and wife Melissa said they thought religion was not supposed to be taught in schools, and they pointed out the outrageous hypocrisy that only Islam is being taught – Christianity and Judaism aren’t anywhere in the curriculum.

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Original story here. More coverage by the Daily Caller here.

According to the Daily Caller story:

It’s not clear if students learn the Jesus story, which Christians believe occurred in the Middle East very early in the Common Era, or the many stories of the Hebrew Bible, which are also set squarely in the Middle East.

In any case, Wood’s daughter must learn about Islam or fail.

“In the case of world history and other subjects, it’s part of the curriculum and it’s part of the standards you’re supposed to learn,” O’Malley-Simpson told SoMDNews.

Dad decided his daughter would not be indoctrinated into Islam. The school provided no alternate assignment, so she will receive a failing grade.

So this is what it has come down to: Accept Islamic indoctrination in middle and high school, or do not graduate.

Massachusetts school curriculum upsets parents

Parents in Revere, Massachusetts are understandably upset over the way Islam is being taught during a course in history.

Some parents in Revere were angry when they learned students were being taught about Islam and the Muslim religion.

“No religion should be taught at school. In their paper it says Allah is their only God. That’s insulting to me as a Christian who believes in just Jesus only,” said Anthony Giannino.

A section of the textbook describing the beliefs of Muslims says, “I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.”

Giannino immediately pulled his son out of the classroom.

“We don’t believe in Allah. I don’t believe in my son learning about this here,” he said. “If my son was from another country and came here, he would have been catered to. But where he’s not being catered to, they give him an F.”

Read the original story here.

History is no doubt a subject for academic pursuit, and no history lesson would be complete without mention of the various religious belief systems that have shaped history around the world. But when the subject matter deviates from history to theology, it crosses the line. In Massachusetts, the textbook being used deviates into indoctrination, as do many texts around the country. The text declared there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, the first step to becoming a Muslim. Herein is the danger: This phrase is known as the shahada, the Islamic confession of faith, by which one officially becomes a Muslim upon uttering the confession. School children, unbeknown to them, have confessed to be a Muslim simply by having their teacher recite the shahada aloud in class as part of a history or cultural studies program.

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I wonder if Christianity is given the same treatment with the teacher having the students repeat the sinner’s prayer with her/him.

The problem is compounded by the fact that major textbook publishers have Muslim scholars on their editorial boards. This in itself should not be problematic, for who knows better about Islam than a Muslim scholar. The problem arises when such scholars go to great lengths to distort or gloss over the rather unsavory aspects of Islam’s past, Muhammad’s behavior, and a great number of verses in the Quran which paint Islam as a supremacist ideology bent on subjecting the world to it’s ideology. Such editorial boards have such a naive understanding of Islam, they will believe anything their Islamic representative tells them. This is not only unfortunate, but dangerous.

Mark Durie puts it well why non-Muslims must study Islam for themselves and not rely on Islamic scholars to tell us what they want us to know about Islam, all the while hiding the less palatable aspects of Islam. From his book “The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom

Misinformation about Islam is a constant issue for non-Muslims. A report in the Herald Sun, a major Melbourne daily newspaper, was published on August 8, 2005 stating that the senior Muslim Imam of Victoria, Sheikh Fehmi (subsequently appointed as Australia’s mufti) reassured non-Muslims in Victoria that Muslims wish only to live in peace with their non-Muslim neighbours:

‘Muslims live cheerfully and happily with all denominations,’ Sheik Fehmi said. ‘This is what Islam is. The Prophet has lived among Jews and Christians. In many parts of the world Muslims, Jews and Christians are living happily.’

Who would not applaud Sheikh Fehmi’s desire for people of different faiths to live together in harmony?The problem arises when he appeals to Muhammad’s example as the basis for non-Muslims to have confidence, that Muslim neighbours represent no threat to peaceful co-existence. Although there was a time when Muhammad lived peacefully alongside non Muslims, large sections of Muhammad’s biographies deal with periods when he was embattled with his non-Muslim Jewish neighbours. Muhammad ordered assassinations of women and old men, oversaw a mass decapitation and enslavement of hundreds of his Jewish neighbours. This darker material Sheikh Fehmi could not fail to be familiar with, as these victories of Islam over the Jews of Arabia are as well-known to Muslim children as Joshua’s conquest of Jericho has been to Sunday School children.

How then are Fehmi’s non-Muslim, fellow Victorians to understand what he means by his reassurances that they can have nothing to worry about, because Islam takes Muhammad as its example? Should non-Muslims just regard this as propaganda, or is it to be understood as a threat?

If a non-Muslim were to have written in response to Sheikh Fehmi’s comment in the Herald Sun, pointing out Muhammad’s less than happy relationships with his non-Muslim neighbours, how could this be done without sounding like incitement of interfaith conflict and a rejection of Fehmi’s apparently moderate and peaceful stance? By relying on acceptance of the excellence of Muhammad’s example as a condition of interfaith harmony, Sheikh Fehmi’s words serve to lock up the truth about Muhammad even more tightly in the dark box of ignorance.

These are not easy subjects to deal with, but deal with them we must, and one of the keys to a free and frank conversation with Muslims about such matters of importance is that non-Muslims must study Islam for themselves. They cannot rely on Muslim spokespeople as their only source of information on Islam. The same can be said for Muslims: they also should not rely on secondary sources, not even on Islamic clerics, to understand their faith.

Hundreds will protest Islam lovefest history textbook foisted on high school students

On Florida’s Atlantic Coast, some 200 or more local parents and activists have announced plans to show up at Tuesday’s Volusia County school board meeting to protest the public school use of a world history textbook that devotes a whole chapter to Islam but exactly zero chapters to any other religions.

The textbook, called simply “World History,” contains a 32-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations.” Sections include descriptions of the Koran, the growth of the Muslim empire and the Five Pillars of Islam.

The planned protest will include a demand that students rip out the 32 pages of the Islam chapter unless the school district agrees to provide students with a similar amount of officially-sanctioned material concerning other religions, reports local ABC affiliate WFTV.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/05/hundreds-will-protest-islam-lovefest-history-textbook-foisted-on-high-school-students/#ixzz2jnrQ5DxB

Tennessee HS students get copy of Quran at mosque field trip

A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.

The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.

But some parents objected to the trips and wondered why the school would tour a mosque but not a Christian church or a Jewish synagogue.

“If you can’t go to all five, why are you going to any?” asked parent Mike Conner. “We sent the principal an email and voiced our concerns. She sent back a reply and told us they could not afford to go to all five.”

Children were given punch and cookies at the mosque where they listened to readings from the Koran, Conner said. They were also given copies of the Islamic holy book – which some students took and others declined.

During their visit to the Hindu temple, students engaged in meditation.

“Our kids are being indoctrinated and this is being shoved in their face,” Conner told Fox News. “It tells me they are pushing other religions and they want Christianity to take a back seat. They want our children to be tolerant of everything except Christianity.” Continue reading

Florida State Rep: History Textbook an Islam love fest

From The Daily Caller

A Florida school board is reviewing a state-approved world history textbook used in an Advanced Placement class over claims that the book covers Islam in loving, rah-rah detail while giving short shrift to Christianity and Judaism.

The textbook – called simply World History – is published under Pearson’s Prentice Hall imprint and is currently in use in an A.P. class in Brevard County schools—and in school districts across the country.

It contains a 36-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations,” reports FOX News. Sections include discussions of the rise of Islam and the growth of the Muslim empire.

Take a wild guess about the number of chapters the book dedicates to Christianity or Judaism. That’s right: zero.

“It’s remarkably one-sided,” said Ritch Workman, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives who raised the ruckus that started the review process. Continue reading

Florida history textbook under fire

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Yet another so-called history textbook is under fire, this time in Florida. And like other similar cases around the country, this textbook teaches a revisionist and sugar-coated view of Islam and devotes much more coverage to Islam than any other world religion.

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports in this article one glaring example of a sugar-coated revisionist history stated as fact in this book. The book says, “Jihad may be interpreted as a holy war to defend Islam and the Muslim community, much like the Crusades to defend Christianity.” At best, this statement is misleading and incomplete, and at worst it is inaccurate and wrong. One should expect students in our public schools to receive accurate and truthful information, particularly when studying history. Continue reading

Tennessee parents angry after school textbooks justify Palestinian suicide bombings

Tennessee parents are fuming after learning that school textbooks justify Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel.

Some parents in Williamson County, Tennessee, are calling for the removal of the high school textbook, believing that it is biased against Israel.

The textbook is taught on a college level elective course called Human Geography, and is available to students in public schools in Williamson County, which also offer an elective course on the Bible.

Parents are against the kind of questions that the book is encouraging teens to ask. One of the book’s questions is: “If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills dozens of Israeli teenagers in a restaurant in Jerusalem, is it an act of terrorism or a war against the policies of the Israeli government?”

Julie West, a mother of a 15-year-old student at Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, said the question is pro-Palestinian.

“We are living in a time where people say: ‘How can someone put a bomb outside a restaurant or on a street with the intention of killing innocent people?’ And we wonder why, when at the same time we are teaching our children a curriculum that suggests it could be fine, or at least it might be okay if these children are Jewish,” West said.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, head of a pro Israeli group, said: “the book is anti-Semitic.”
Cardoza-Moore said that the book aims to delegitimize the right of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.

“I am shocked that such a book even exists in the U.S. It should be illegal. What is it doing in a school in Tennessee? This book seems more fitting for some radical country located thousands of miles away from the U.S.” Jerold Peralta, of Scottsdale, Arizona told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the book.

“I think it’s a slippery slope to go down if we start banning books, because people have opposing views,” county schools Superintendent Mike Looney said. “I think the fundamental question to be answered is: Does the book create an opportunity for students to engage in deep dialogue about important issues in the world? I think it does,” Looney added.

Original article can be found here.

Comment: Far too many in our nation are still under the illusion, as is the instructor mentioned in this article, that the cause of Arab and/or Palestinian hatred of Jews is somehow rooted in Israeli or United States foreign policy issues. They refuse to recognize that Islamic jihad has been a reality on the historical scene for long before Israel or the United States even existed. Nor do they wish to recognize hatred of Jews has theological roots embedded in Islamic teaching.

Let me quote just a small snippet as an example of the theological roots of hatred against Jews from Muslims. Kate McCord wrote her book “In The Land of Blue Burqas” to tell of her experience of living for five years among common, ordinary Afghanis. In her book, she relates the following:

An Afghan man, a graduate of Sharia law school, explained what he called the correct Islamic perspective on Israel. He said that the Jews have disobeyed God and are forever beyond redemption. That means, even if they convert to Islam, they still cannot be saved. He said that God hates the Jews and will never forgive them. He said that God has ordered the nation of Islam, the entire worldwide community of Muslims, to annihilate the Jews.

Does this sound like Jew hatred is caused by Israeli foreign policy issues?

Texas School Superintendent Defends CSCOPE

Teachers using the controversial curriculum management system, CSCOPE, aren’t standing in front of the classroom telling students that “Allah is God,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Powers told his fellow Rotarians today.

“We don’t do that,” said Powers, to a group of about 100 members and guests at the weekly Wichita Falls Rotary Club meeting.

“Do you honestly believe we would allow teachers to promote one religion over another?” said Powers, the Rotary president. “We teach the religions of the world. Again, if you don’t want us to teach the world’s religions in the classroom, contact your legislator. Because the Legislature requires that we teach the world’s religions.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Texas students told to wear burkas

There’s a new controversy in Texas involving the online public school curriculum called CSCOPE, which already has been the subject of heated debate and state legislative hearings.

There are reports now that students were made to wear Muslim burqas as part of their public school lessons.

CSCOPE has been facing criticism over its alleged Islamic and anti-American bias. It is a “curriculum management system” now used in 80 percent of Texas classrooms. It recently was the subject of a heated inquiry that culminated in hearings conducted by the Texas Senate Education Committee chaired by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/students-made-to-wear-burqas-in-u-s-state/#iAtKtAgqFDRSSshg.99

Texas Curriculum: Allah is Almighty God!

In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the “fact” that “Allah is the Almighty God,” charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight.

The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency.

In one scenario, students are asked to study the tenets of Islam, and critics say the materials provided exceed impartial review of another faith, extending into requirements of conversion and moral imperatives.

A computer presentation utilized as part of a study of Islam includes information on how to convert, as well as verses denigrating other faiths.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/texas-teaching-allah-is-the-almighty-god/#ub0Mevr5FpVzWGjU.99