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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What Are Schools Teaching About Muslims?

Parents should check out how American history is taught, and NOT taught, in their children's school. Is Islamic or Mexican propaganda masquerading as "American history"?

One world history textbook, called History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, gives lengthy and favorable treatment to the history and beliefs of Islam, far above and beyond what is given to every other religion, according to scholar Stephen Schwartz who reported his research in the Weekly Standard. This textbook uses what he calls a "sanitized vocabulary" to conceal Muslim practices that are criminal in the United States. These criminal practices include forced marriage, forced divorce, marriage to children, polygamy, and punishments imposed by Sharia law such as public beheadings, amputations, cruel floggings, and stonings. Muhammad is the only person in this world history textbook who rates an entire chapter. Jesus gets only one sentence, and the contrast between the treatment of Islam and Christianity is shocking. This history textbook gives an entirely positive account of Muhammad's teachings, putting out the lie, for example, that "He preached tolerance for Christians and Jews as fellow worshipers of the one true God." On the other hand, it describes examples of Christian persecution of non-Christians, and says nothing about Jesus's teachings.

This textbook tells students that the first year in the Muslim calendar is the year of Muhammad's escape from Mecca to Medina in the year 622. The book doesn't say from what event our Christian calendar dates, and instead replaces A.D. with the trendy term "C.E.", standing for Common Era.

Another scholar (William Bennetta, editor of the Textbook Letter), published a detailed analysis of this book's distortions, which he calls "pseudohistory." Bennetta documents how it was influenced by a Muslim pressure group, the Council on Islamic Education, which boasts of "collaborating" with "K-12 publishers" to present a benign view of Islam to impressionable American schoolchildren.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

1 comment:

Espersen said...

Excellent work, Mrs. Schlafly! I'm a conservative teen and I have all kinds of stuff like this in my history textbook. Glad to see more and more people exposing this garbage!

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