Islam Induction in
our Public School Textbooks
Houghton Mifflin's biased version of Jesus and Judaism for the 6th grade
I. SHOCKING BIAS IN ASSIGNMENTS:
In the 7th grade textbook, Islam is presented emotionally positive and as fact. When we objected, Houghton Mifflin responded by claiming Christianity "had it's turn" in the 6th grade textbook. This is a comparison of the 6th grade textbook and if you look closely, what little is said coldly about Jesus Christ is HOW ISLAM VIEWS CHRIST!
In the Islam section, our children are asked to assume they are Muslim soldiers, being on a Mecca pilgrimage (act of worship), to research and build Mosques. Many California schools have asked children to get on their hands and knees and repeat words of prayer to Allah. I was anxious to see what the Jewish and Christian sections told children to imagine.
In the Jewish section, the ONLY imagination practice I could find was to imagine they are with the Jews when they were conquered and forced to live away from their homeland. (pg 314)
In the Christian section, the ONLY imagination practice was to imagine being in the buried catacombs of the dead Christians. (pg 469)
What religion would rejoice if these imagination exercises came true? Jews conquered and forced from their homeland and Christians in tombs of dead Christians? The symbolism of that, putting Christians, the body of Christ, back in the tomb… I’m speechless.
II. TEXT SCORNS CHRISTIANITY, JUDAISM; PROMOTES ISLAM:
Jesus as Savior compared to Muhammad as Prophet:
To accept Islam, one must say, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.” To receive Jesus Christ, one must “Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart Jesus is Lord.” Compared below please find the number of words in the textbook that support respective claims:
Words supporting claims
That is not a typo. And I challenge Houghton Mifflin to go over it with me. (see graph) This includes all words about Jesus in both the Christian and Judaism sections. The imbalance is obvious and there are more “qualifiers” or “disclaimers” about Jesus than in over 8 times the text supporting Muhammad!
At no time does the textbook state, "Christians believe Jesus is Lord" but anything I could find which even hinted Jesus as more than a teacher, I counted.( 1 ) Next Page
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