The war on terrorism is giving fresh ammunition to groups
protesting what they perceive as anti-Christian and
anti-American propaganda in school textbooks.
[what we perceive? how many times must we
Watchdog groups contend publishers are so concerned
about lucrative schoolbook contracts that during the
recently completed book selection process in the Texas
school system, publishers have opted just to delete some
of the challenged portions of texts involving Islam,
rather than fight to keep them in, or offer alternative
[Why aren't the watchdog groups
protecting our religious freedom given similar credit?
Publishers have been "so concerned about lucrative
schoolbook contracts" that they have been indoctrinating
our children to other religions until now. Why
should publishers fight to keep in proven propaganda?
Why are liberals so blind to where they are trying to lead
Steve Driesler, spokesman for the American Association
of Publishers, said disputes over references to Islam in
texts used in U.S. schools have become more controversial
since the 9/11 attacks.
He noted history and social science schoolbooks were
re-written over the last two decades, under instructions
that often came from school boards to come up with texts
that weren't so concentrated on western European cultures,
and views that gave a fuller coverage to other cultures
represented in American schools today.
"They have intentionally gone back and given a better
understanding of other cultures and religion," Driesler
said, contending the 9/11 attacks made the changes in the
text more conspicuous and brought attacks on publishers'
[yes, John Walker Lindh has a better
understanding of other cultures and religion and is paying
dearly for it. Driesler is right, it has made the
lies that are spoonfed our children more conspicuous and
publishers' motives ARE more obvious, thank God.
This agenda should have been recognized and confronted
eleven years ago!]
Ashley McIlvain of the Texas Freedom Network, an
organization battling what it sees as an effort by
conservative Christian religious groups to push a
religious agenda on schools, said positive
characterizations of Islam and Islamic history are coming
under increasing attack.
[We are not saying we should force the
Gospel in school, we are saying stop trying to force our
children into other religions. We are trying to take
the religious agenda OUT of schools. We need
separation of atheist and state!]
"I think this is a direct result of 9/11," she said.
Rather than fighting the groups, McIlvain said
publishers are often deleting paragraphs and sentences
involving Islam that conservative critics find
[How about simply deleting all lies and
She said the outcome of the Texas fights
over textbook language isn't just an issue involving the
$600 million a year Texas spends on schoolbooks, but
affects schools in other states as well because publishers
want to produce books accepted by all states.
[Yaay Texas! We applaud you!]
Among changes made this year, textbook publisher
Prentice Hall agreed to delete the sentence: "Many other
teachings in the Quran, such as the importance of honesty,
honor, giving to others and having love and respect for
their families, govern their daily lives."
Critics objected to the sentence as being "more
propaganda" for Islam. [Because it is] Prentice Hall spokeswoman Wendy
Spiegel said the book's editors found issues raised by the
objectionable sentence were addressed partially in other
parts of the text, and so agreed with critics to excise
[Then those passages need to be
corrected as well, truth should mean something]
In an other instance, publisher Glencoe, a division of
McGraw-Hill, deleted the words: "Al Qeada's leader, Osama
bin Laden told his followers that it was a Muslim's duty
to kill Americans. No idea could be farther from Muslim
teachings. The Quran, Islam's holiest book, tells soldiers
to 'show (civilians) kindness and to deal with them
[I can't believe they actually wrote
that. Hopefully somebody has bothered to read what
comes directly from the
Critics objected to the passage, saying "this is going
to great length to put a positive light on Muslim
teachings considering other passages in the Quran." A
Glencoe spokeswoman did not return a reporter's phone
[I'll return your phone call...the
Glencoe woman is exactly right and it's already proven.
How much time was she given to call back?]
Peggy Venable of Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, an
organization whose volunteers filed many of the textbook
complaints, said texts that don't emphasize American
values and champion multi-cultural ideas should not be
endorsed for use in the schools.
[Amen Peggy! *the values this nation was
founded on, anyway]
"We want to see tolerance taught and to encourage
students to see our government in a positive light," she
said. "We saw in these texts a tone that de-exceptionalized
the United States. To say all cultures are equal is
Venable rejected charges that her group was censoring
school texts. "We are parents and taxpayers," she said.
Publishers agreed to more than 40 percent of the text
changes members of her group made, she said, and "if you
look at the texts, most of the changes strengthened the
[Everyone is so afraid of being labeled
a "censor". There is nothing wrong with censoring
lies, propaganda and insisting on the truth.]
Jen Shroder, a self-described "soccer Mom" in San
Luis Obispo, Calif., said it's not just the texts she
finds objectionable, but role-playing activities the books
promote in classrooms that her children are asked to play.
Jen Shroder has launched her own Web site attacking the
sixth grade social studies text, "Across the Centuries"
published by Houghton-Mifflin because it asks students to
imagine they are Muslim soldiers, or participate in
building a mosque.
"Asking children to participate in other religions is a
huge violation of our religious rights," Shroder said.
"The propaganda is unreal."
[well it is...(huge
Houghton Mifflin spokesman Collin Earnst said
's complaints aren't founded, and the text has
been used in schools for 11 years.
[I hear this defense all the time.
11 years or a thousand years...time does not make wrong
Moore tried to stop what was happening in 1994 when
she drove up to the school which had a huge banner
"There is one god, Allah,
and Mohammed is his prophet."
This should have been stopped long ago.]
He said that only 10 percent of the book concerns
Islam, and that all other religions are included to expose
students to a variety of other beliefs and cultures.
[Christianity is badly maligned, Judaism
is blatantly falsified, Islam is poetically
promoted...this is our variety?]
Houghton-Mifflin, which is keeping the provisions in
the text, said the classroom activities the books
encourage are intended only to give students a deeper
understanding of other cultures and religions.
[Whitewashed versions give children zero
understanding of reality. Asking children to
participate in other religions is like asking a married
woman to sleep with another man to understand the
adulterer. School does not have the right to
indoctrinate children to other religions.]
Andrew Riggsby, an assistant professor of classics at
the University of Texas, said he sees the end results of
school text battles in his classroom.
He said he notices this in discussing how the
Roman Empire expanded when students
aren't aware of how European expansion into North America
slaughtered the Indians because interest groups persuaded
school text publishers to scrub those negative views of
[And I notice that Islam is expanding
while people aren't aware of how Islam expansion
into the world slaughters Christians, Jews, and all
who will not pray to Allah, because interest groups have
been persuading news media and school text publishers to scrub those
Again, LOVE the Muslim, I am very fond
of a Muslim I know, he is one of the nicest people I have
ever met. But what Islam demands of him, (which he
ignores), is outright evil. Why are historians
refusing to read what is in any
Quran they can find?
This is a whopping principality of
blinding darkness of the lost. Saints, please pray
for these people!]
On the Net:
Back to Home page