The book concentrates on the massacre of Muslims at Jerusalem in the year 1099, yet fails to report on the several Muslim massacres of Christians, implying that Christian brutality is significant, but Muslim brutality is not important. This same disparity was evident in other history textbooks. Another history textbook spent considerable space telling that Islam brought wealth and a better life to millions, while European Christian religious zeal was responsible for killing people. The textbooks were full of perjoratives toward Christians and superlatives toward Muslims. The textbooks called the Crusaders "violent attackers" or "invaders," while whitewashing Muslim conquest of Christian lands and calling them just "migrations." The textbooks used sanitized definitions of "jihad" that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims.
The Texas School Board passed resolutions to reject such prejudicial Social Studies books that offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world's major religions. Congratulations to the Texas School Board for standing up for the truth. This is a good example of why it's important to have an elected school board that is sensitive to traditional values. You should be so lucky as to have a school board like Texas has.
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