US DOJ Cancels School Board Meeting Amid Protests Over Common Core Book

There is a controversy brewing in Volusia County, Florida over a particular textbook used to teach World History in the high school.

Prentice Hall,  World History textbook  was discussed by Todd Sterns on Sean Hannity’s show. It includes 36 pages devoted to Islam and a major chapter, but no chapters on any other religion. Prentice Hall is owned by Pearson.

 

The book was selected by Volusia County schools because it was aligned to  Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). These mandated standards are established by the Florida Department of Education and are phase III of the Common Core. The Next Generation Label is used by the Common Core Consortia for the Science and Social Studies standards the are intended to follow the adoption of Math and English language Common Core standards.

Parents had planned to protest at the school board’s meeting, but the meeting was cancelled in the interest of public safety. The school district was  contacted by the United States Department of Justice over safety concerns due to the parent protest and had the school board cancel the meeting. This shows the degree of federal control over the implementation of  the Common Core curriculum.

Parent and taxpayer concerns relate to the intense and glorified view of Islam in the text. The book in question contains pages of quotes from the Quran, but nothing from the Bible or the Torah.  Mohammed is declared a prophet, but the deity of Jesus is called into question in the few passages that even mention Jesus. But there are more subtle instances too. For example, Christians “massacre” but Muslims “occupy.” Jihad is described as an act protecting Islam, and the text describes women in Islamic cultures in a way that is wholly inaccurate.

 

Groups that traditionally fight against religious references in schools, such as the ACLU, are amazingly silent on the issue.

Pearson is defending their textbook as fair and unbiased. The Institute on Religious and Civic Values served as a consultant on the book. However, that organization only recently changed their name. They were formerly called the Council on Islamic Education. The name changed occurred to help the organization appear ‘mainstream’  when they pursue consulting contracts from textbook publishers.

The Prentice Hall book above is by no means the only book with Islamic bias. According to Citizens for National Security (CFNS), there are over 80 textbooks in use that have significant muslim bias. Florida is ground zero for many of the battles regarding pr0-Islamic bias because nearly one-third of all textbook sales are to the Florida education system.

The CFNS has done significant reporting on Islamic bias in textbooks used in our nation’s schools. In their  initial 2009  report,  CFNS focused exclusively on “flawed” K-12 history and geography textbooks. As CFN notes,

Flawed textbooks were defined, within the context of this study, as those that include egregious
errors, glaring omissions, questionable inclusions, or political, ethnic, cultural and other
biases that clearly seek to foster an Islamic agenda.

Typical examples of Islamic bias across 80 textbooks currently in use across the United States. A common a sign of bias is  how Israel referenced on the maps in the books. In “flawed” texts, Israel is often labeled as Palestine. The name Israel goes back to Genesis 23; the term Palestine 5th century BC by Greek to refer to the area as a district of Syria. One might expect a historical map of the Alexander the Great to call the area Palestine, but not a map of the middle east in contemporary times.

Another common example noted by the CFN  in textbooks is that Israel is not a legitimate state established by the United Nations.  They report,

A common theme in many of these textbooks is the implication that Israel is not a truly
legitimate state and that Jews only were permitted to settle there in 1947 because of
world sympathy following the Holocaust. The flawed textbooks argue that Israel claimed
land by force and then illegally evicted Palestinians from their homes. Then they
inaccurately imply that there were negotiations over Palestinian refugees in which Israel
refused Arab proposals for the refugees’ return or the payment of compensation.

CFNS has a 100 page report that looks at major issues in several of the leading World History texts that shows how the text should be supplemented or changed to be historically correct.  It is produced to help educators and parents set the record straight in social studies classes. It is available for free for interested parents and teachers from their website.

Author’s Note: Why isn’t anyone raising the issue of the establishment clause in this matter? The establishment clause of the first amendment precludes the state from establishing a religion. By covering one religion and not others, the government in effect establishes a state religion.  The argument has been used to remove Christianity from schools; why could it not be used to remove Islam?

  • DrRock

    And this book was picked with who in mind?? This whole issue shouldn’t even be an issue. ACLU demands Christianity to be removed, but then it is *replaced* with Islam?! Are you for real? Islam and Christianity go along like the color black blends with white! They DO NOT mix! Never have – never will. Get rid of this book and you will get rid of the potential riot from concerned parents. Very simple!

  • Lazarus Mavis

    “Why isn’t anyone raising the issue of the establishment clause in this matter? The establishment clause of the first amendment precludes the state from establishing a religion. By covering one religion and not others, the government in effect establishes a state religion.”

    I was wondering the exact same thing, then I realized this is just too good of theater for them to not try and pit people against one another…And religious disputes rarely end well. Money for ratings whores.

  • Raymond Andrews

    So say “never have”, you would be incorrect. When Muhammad was alive, he viewed Christians and Jews as his brothers. He did not believe that Jesus was the son of God but he did believe he was a prophet of God. In territories under Muslim control, there were no forced conversions. People were allowed to practice their religion of choice as long as they paid their taxes. In some cases, they had rights that Muslims didn’t have.

  • gargoyle387

    Simple fix. Gather them all up in the parking lot, douse them with gas and burn them. Problem fixes.

  • Lucien

    Actually, the Constitution is a document that limits the Federal Government … States could establish and support a religion – if they so desired – and the Federal Government could not interfere or prohibit such an act … In fact, Massachusetts and Connecticut maintained established churches into the 19th century … The First Amendment limits the Federal Government in that it cannot establish a national church – nor can it inhibit a State from establishing a church …

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    Sorry, but Gitlow makes the Bill of Rights apply to states as well.

  • SnoMad

    Time to start reducing the gene pool of the nasty smelly Muzzies.

  • NoMoBo!

    Anyone in that “group of educational professionals” that put this book together and added an entire chapter on Islam (the most hateful religion/belief system in the world) can go to hell. I don’t want my kids learning this crap at school. Society blamed video games and movies for years everytime a kid did something violent. Now we are going to shovel this shit down our kids throats? So, when my 11 yr old goes out and stones someone are we going to blame Islam or will that be hateful and racist? <-That was an example. I doubt my child stones anyone! Gr.

  • Sherry Jones

    Then I guess it’s too bad Muhammad isn’t still alive, because times have changed, and not for the better. And it wouldn’t matter anyway. The law must apply equally to everyone or it means nothing. This is as much a violation of the 1st Amendment as it would be if teachers were still leading prayers in school.

  • flatbedbill

    This world would be such a nicer place if two things were eliminated: Islam and liberal progressives.

  • shara70

    We need to starve the beast and pull our kids out…this is way out of control. There are some great, reasonably-priced homeschools. Dr. Ron Paul has a free homeschool as well.

  • shara70

    Agreed.

  • Raymond Andrews

    I have a problem with the information within the chapter being biased but I do not have a problem with the chapter itself. Muslims and Islam are completely integrated. Islam is part and parcel of being Muslim. You can’t teach their history without it. Christianity would be included in the chapter on the Roman Empire. I would need to read the whole book to see if the other major religions are contained within the chapters that cover where and when they started. This is not a 1st Amendment issue.

  • robertdavidhummel

    Totally agree…But I bet a dollar to a doughnut…Not ONE of the 50 United Staes would choose ISLAM or Muslim as a State Religion.
    The One True book that was predominant in School s when American Public School began…Is The New England Primer, the book was removed from public schools around1910…the Bible and Prayer were removed around 1971….
    Muhammud Muslims and their Allah should return to their roots in one of the many the Mid East Countries… WE NEED TO GET THE MUSLIM REIGN….OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT….PERIOD.

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    Muhammad didn’t regard Christians and Jews very highly.

    Indeed, Qu’ran 98:6 Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion Islam, the Qu’ran and the Prophet Muhammad) from among the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) and the Al-Mushrikun will abide in the fire of hell. They are the worst of creatures.

    That doesn’t sound very brotherly. Indeed, friendship was forbidden

    Qu’ran 5:51 Oh you who believe! do not take the Jews and Christians for friends; they are friends of each other.

    Qu’ran 9:73 Oh prophet strive hard against the unbelievers and they hypocrites and be unyielding to them.

    Qu’ran 9:123 Oh you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.

    So far, not feeling the love and brotherly nature of Islam.

    Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath not been forbidden by Allah and his Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth, from among the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) until they pay the Jizyah (tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    Muhammad took these verses seriously.

    Sahih Bukhari 6924: I have been ordered to fight the people until they say La ilaha illallah and whoever said La ilaha illallah, Allah will save his property and life from me.

    Kind of sounds like a command to go kill, rape, pillage, and plunder. Not seeing the brotherly love… Don’t play me for a Dhimmi, been there, done that… and I’ll do it no more.

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    I encourage you to do so.

  • Kevin Curl

    I don’t believe that any history book should have any chapters based on any one religion. When I was in High school I took a class on World Religions and we learned all religions equally and this class was a choice not mandatory !

  • Raymond Andrews

    It’s cool that you can quote the Quran like a true believer. You should also consider how the Jews and Christians were treated in areas that were taken over by Muslims. I don’t believe the Quran was written by Muhammad anymore than IBELIEVE that the Bible is the exact word of God. Abraham is considered the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

  • Raymond Andrews

    You encourage me to do what?

  • WolfyWiccan

    Umm…did anyone else check that this book has been in circulation for the past three years and this is the first time we’re hearing of it? This whole article is aimed at stirring up controversy among people who don’t actually know the score. Now, while I do object to students being taught their religiosity (and yes, purposefully misspelled) at school, being given information on religious influences in history is just one more way to learn the triumphs and failures of the past, and if it also helps to quell some recent prejudices, then bollocks to the people who believe information should be stifled.

    Oh, and my last rant for the day…anyone who claims Islam to be the most violent religion hasn’t read their own religious texts in a goodly while. Everyone knows the Bible gives license for rape, kidnap, murder, bigotry, female repression, and slavery.

    -Ta

  • Jessica

    The US was not built on Islamic principles and ideals, they have no place in our History books. Don’t fill kids minds with this destructive progressive agenda. They hate ALL Americans…Period!

  • WolfyWiccan

    I think she’s telling you to read the book. And to summarily be rebuffed if you present any legitimate facts to oppose this article…

  • Sherry Jones

    If a government entity (in this case the Department of Education as well as the DoJ) is showing strong favoritism towards a specific religion, it is most certainly a 1st Amendment issue. Government favoritism is the first step towards government “encouraging”. It’s not a difficult or complicated line to follow, leads quite easily from A to B to C.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Thanks. There is no legitimate opposition to the bias. The format might be defensible. I like your name, by the way. I like both wolves and Wiccans.

  • WolfyWiccan

    Seems that the US was built on the idea that no one religion supersedes all others and that the nation itself should be free from religious intolerance.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Then you read the article from a different place than I did. From my perspective, I thought they cancelled the meeting because they expected some trouble. I feel that if it were a 1st Amendment issue, the meeting wouldn’t have been scheduled at all. Based on this one article, I see bias in the textbook language but I don’t see an establishment or favoritism issue.

  • oldsalt6585

    Hey PEARSON, I’ve got your FAIR AND UNBIASED…..(__!__)

  • oldsalt6585

    FREE FROM RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE? Tell that to the MUSLIMS!
    See how TOLERANT those camel kissers are!

  • Princess

    That is ridiculous. Muslim is an ethnicity while Islam is a religious ideology. I don’t think that Muslim Christians would agree with you on this. Besides, the “prophet Mohammed” was a child molester. And Islam to this day arranges marriages to girls as young as 8 years old. I would think that they would fall under more of a cult group, like NAMBLA since their values correlate closer.

  • Princess

    Wolfy – True. But, most people misconstrue the 1st Amendment as freedom FROM religion, when in actuality it states clearly freedom OF religion. BIG difference between those two words and that is how progressives have skewed the intent of the 1st Amendment.

  • Princess

    Well, maybe Michigan.

  • WolfyWiccan

    Sounds like pots and kettles to me.

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    To evaluate the textbook for yourself.

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    My take on it… There was no reported threat of violence. It was the lone guy from CAIR who couldn’t get enough buddies to the meeting to defend his book.So, he called his Ikwan buddy at the DOJ and had them cancel it.

    BTW, why does the local school board take orders from the U.S. DOJ on when to have their official meetings? There was no threat identified…..

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    I know the Qu’ran. I know what they believe. It is one thing to teach a child the writings of a deranged pedaphile in preparation for battle and in relation to other religious treatise and text; it is quite another to present what at BEST could be considered a highly romanticized version of Islam and exclude others.

  • Raymond Andrews

    First, without reading the rest of the textbook how do you know the other religions were excluded. They were probably discussed in the appropriate section where it was the most influential or in the proper timeline. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t read the whole book. Have you? I did agree that there is what I would consider an obvious bias in favor of Islam/Muslims. Also, you can not judge a person or society from over 1500 years ago against what is acceptable today. Actually, you can but you would not be arguing from a position of strength.

  • Sherry Jones

    Well, perhaps it’s a matter of perspective. What you see as simple bias, I see as favoritism. The wikipedia definition of favoritism is “Discrimination between ingroups and outgroups is a matter of favoritism
    towards an ingroup and the absence of equivalent favoritism towards an
    outgroup.” In this case, and many other instances throughout Common Core, the “ingroup” is Islam and the “outgroup” is primarily Christianity. According to Mirriam-Webster, favoritism is “the unfair practice of treating some people better than others”. When you have school districts that are allowing Muslim children to take time during the school day to pray, but are not allowing Christian children the same courtesy, that’s favoritism. When you have Government entities (be they State or Federal) engaging in that behavior, you have a violation of the Constitution and Civil Liberties. At least, that’s my opinion.

  • Sherry Jones

    Raymond, thank you for having a civilized dialogue, even though we’re disagreeing. That’s something that is becoming increasingly hard to come by these days.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Here is what the article said, “Parents had planned to protest at the school board’s meeting, but the meeting was cancelled in the interest of public safety. The school district was contacted by the United States Department of Justice over safety concerns due to the parent protest and had the school board cancel the meeting.” It did not say that the DOJ told them to cancel the meeting so I can’t infer that they did so. There are many meetings and other events that are cancelled or moved without a definite threat being made. To be clear, I do not trust the DOJ nor do I support them. I believe in trying to understand the truth. This site is slanted right just like others are slanted left. I read from both and try to find the truth that way. Anyone who accepts everything they are told without question is not a Patriot. They are a fool. And since today is Veteran’s Day, I would like to say Happy Veteran’s Day and thanks for everything you do to my brothers and sisters in arms that have served or continue to do so.

  • Raymond Andrews

    I agree. By the way, I am a Conservative and a 21 year Army vet. I just believe in things being presented without bias. That is hard to find.

  • Raymond Andrews

    I agree with pretty much everything you said and there is bias in the language/word choices that are used in the one section we have seen. Islam is a part of Muslim history so I understand it being included. I wouldn’t know if there is actual favoritism unless I read the book to see if the other major religions are talked about in the sections where they lay into the history of the people.

  • Raymond Andrews

    You are correct. There are Christian Muslims; however, they are a very small minority. You CAN NOT use today’s standards of behavior on people that lived 1500 years ago. There are many religions and societies today that arrange marriages for pre-teen girls. Where is your righteous indignation about those? The only significant difference between a cult and a religion is its size. I think Islam falls into the religion category. NAMBLA’s values are no where near the same as Islam and to say they do demonstrates your lack of knowledge of both.

  • Glenn Mason

    no GOD IN OUR SCHOOL
    so NO FOOKING ISLAM
    or find new jobs as schools are closed

  • willie1955

    Maybe they need prayer back in school then there wouldn’t be the mass stupidity that we have in this country now Islam hasn’t been a religion near as long as Christianity, Budahism, Hinduism, and Judahism.

  • Princess

    So, you want to discount them because they are a minority? Address the actual facts. Muslim is a ethnicity (period). Excuse me, but those same people (Islam) still live in the 15th century. Be headings, stoning, beating their women (allowed), mutilation, honor killings, and on and on and on in the name of Islam, give me a break. Please tell me what religion and/or society still arranges marriages in developed countries? But, if you come up with a couple, they are just a minority and we won’t count them just like Muslim Christians. : ) Islam does not fall into religion, it falls into ideology. Because their religion crosses into everyday life and they are ruled by it. Sharia. I threw NAMBLA in there because they believe in boy/man love, like Mohammed. So, who is showing a lack of knowledge?

  • clrdtz

    You are misled. He only had that notion until he had enough power to do otherwise.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Right now in America, who is the ruling party? How much do they actually care for or listen to Republicans/Conservatives? I did not say to discount Christian Muslims. I actually met Tariq Aziz, the only Christian Muslim in Saddam Hussein’s cabinet. I didn’t say that Islam is the right religion or that those who practice it live by our American standards. We should not be the world’s policemen or conscious. Whether you or I regard Islam as a religion is irrelevant. As far as I’ve read, Muhammad wasn’t into boys so your analogy is incorrect. India still prearranges marriages, as well as, several African societies. You’re right. I should have said a lack of understanding.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Prove it. I have done a lot of study on Muhammad and Islam. They did believe that every soldier was a cleric that should spread Islam by the sword if necessary but after the fighting was over and the rebuilding began Jews and Christians were allowed to live unmolested if they paid their taxes.

  • NotRedYet

    Everyone in America better find out about and reject Communist Core.

  • Raymond Andrews

    I agree. LOL

  • Raymond Andrews

    Very true.

  • Princess

    You are correct. We should not be the worlds police. So sick of the wars and governments using the people as pawns in their political BS. I should have used the word pedophile, but he has been linked to men, maybe not boys, but who knows. He was a narcissist who used sex to dominate whomever he chose to dominate, so I won’t rule it out especially since he was to marry a baby before someone/thing poisoned him. The reference to NAMBLA was inaccurate (it just popped into my head when I said his name in my mind), more the taking advantage of youth, I don’t care if they are male or female. So, yes, you are right, pedophile is the correct term. Bedtime, tired, have a good night.

  • Raymond Andrews

    The chapter is about Muslims not Islam specifically.

  • Raymond Andrews

    You have a good night too.

  • http://intaligo.com/ InRussetShadows

    They cancelled the meeting because the school board consists of a bunch of gutless bureauweenies who didn’t want to face an irate public. Oh, they feared a disturbance? LOL. This is a common tactic used by elected officials to duck responsibility.

  • http://intaligo.com/ InRussetShadows

    Mohammed wasn’t into boys, but someone early on in the history of Islam was. The Islamic concept of heaven consists of the black-eyed houris and menservants, both to be used as the believer sees fit. Then you have the boys who are used by the Afghans because women are viewed as too tempting and/or unclean. And of course Islam is infinitely flexible, so homosexuality is completely acceptable if you can get a fatwa authorizing it for the cause of jihad.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Now, that is a hypothesis I could get behind and agree with.

  • Raymond Andrews

    I don’t disagree with those statements. I would like to add that those who practice Islam are not the first or last to use boys. Remember, Alexander the Great’s army brought their boy toys with them as they went about their conquering.

  • http://intaligo.com/ InRussetShadows

    To understand the Koran, you must follow the concept of abrogation. That is, the later-written verses supplant the earlier verses in case they conflict. The end of Mohammed’s life was when he wrote the verse of the sword, among others, and so those are the final revision, as it were. Islam treats Christians like the way that Egypt treats the Coptic Christians, because that is the mindset of Islam. Islam does not regard kuffirs as equal human beings; kuffirs and everything they own are just potential booty for Islam; they are in the “House of War”, and thus, even if they accept humiliation and pay the jizah, they cannot rebuild their houses of worship, they cannot have their structures taller than a Muslim’s, they must pass on the other side of the street, they are subject to random beatings and persecution, they have little to no legal rights, etc, etc. “Feel themselves oppressed” is to be dhimmi, and this unequal status of dhimmitude is what Islam requires non-believers to accept if they want to live under Islamic rule. Now why are such oppressive laws even necessary? Because of the mindset of Islam! Islam teaches and breathes inequality and all of these things flow directly from its source texts. How can you claim that Christians and Jews were left unmolested when you have failed to understand the very idea of dhimmitude?

  • mom58

    this is why we need to get rid of the Dept of Education

  • http://intaligo.com/ InRussetShadows

    The US was founded on disallowing the national government from compelling a particular religion, because religion is so important that government cannot be allowed to corrupt it. What men believe is to be kept free from governmental meddling, unless your belief causes you to violate the freedom of others. Whether someone is intolerant of another’s belief or not falls under the free exercise clause of the first amendment — I can be intolerant all day long, and I am well within my rights. I am also well within my freedom of association to band together with other people who are similarly intolerant and run private clubs, private organizations, private businesses, and so on.

  • http://intaligo.com/ InRussetShadows

    You can only say that because you do not know the nature of Islam. Islam is fundamentally concerned with physical domination of nations, and individually, with physical pleasures (sex, food, luxury). It is not spiritual in any way; it has no concern for the poor, abuses women, and turns men into animals. As such it is not really a religion at all. It is just a political philosophy with religious trappings, like Naziism or Communism.

  • karen

    Two words” Bull Shit”

  • Daily Koran burner!

    We have become a nation of FOOLS! We will end up a 3rd world country and China and Russia will rule the world. Neither China or Russia will put up with this Muslim CRAP.

  • NeverAgain

    Best answer…..”HOME SCHOOL” period!!!!

  • Margaret Swain

    My two oldest high-schoolers have already had this shoved down their throats. I love the fact that my 16 year old came home laughing and threw his paper on the table and told me what they were studying. He couldn’t believe it either, but he is 16. My 14 year old said her teacher went over the material and had no comments regarding it, obvious to all students the teacher didn’t want to be teaching the garbage, so my daughter commended her teacher. Now, my 2nd grader loves God but she won’t have the knowledge the rest of them did, so when it gets to her in whatever elementary form they shovel it in as, I will be spending a couple of weeks “unteaching” her. It’s become my life, after I get home from work. UNTEACHING my kids the garbage they “learned” in school during the day! What is wrong about having a classical education? Where did it fail anyone? I can’t say I know anyone in their 40′s that went through school and paid attention to their work, that didn’t turn out okay academically. And I attended public school in Washington DC in the 60′s and 70′s!!! My schools had uniformed cops and lockdown before it got popular. So how was the type of mathematics I learned wrong? How was our history slanted? We learned about Dr King, Abe Lincoln, Benedict Arnold, Harriet Tubman, all of that. And I took calculus in High school, my kids are smart enough to tackle that, but hey with common core (Obamacore) my kids won’t have that opportunity. This is so wrong.

  • Jared

    Islam isn’t actually a religion. It is a political ideology that has a religious foundation. However, where it differs from religion is the content of the book. The Qu’ran contains much that condones violence and the use of violence and abrogates anything that is contrary to it. The political System in Islamic countries is governed by the religious fanatics and science might as well take a vacation. The book in question here is obviously mandated by Islam with a view of indoctrinating children with lies and deceit. Therefore Taqiya is in play. Better off going back to good old fashioned Three R’s education and just telling HISTORY like it is, with the FACTS and not with conjecture.

  • helen

    Whatever you do don’t give up on the fight!! We Americans have to grow ‘some’ and stand our ground when it comes to these matters!! I am so tired of all the ‘shit’ that is being thrown our way and I am not going to sit by quietly and let it happen…..

  • HoofHugs

    I do not have a child in school, but these science books need to be reviewed line by line. The science that our government is currently using is filled with fraud.

  • HoofHugs

    Education needs to based at the local and state level. Children learn best when the material they are studying connects to what they know. End the National Education Agency.

  • TheRealEvilGenius

    This book violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

  • Mitchel Van

    thats what they said in the video they only mention jesus in the book 1 time n not in a gud way

  • stephenwv

    WRONG!!! A Muslim is an adherent of Islam. The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam and Muslims believe that it is the verbatim word of God as revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad as recorded in traditional accounts called hadith. “Muslim” is an Arabic word meaning “one who submits to God”

  • Raymond Andrews

    I don’t like relying on others for information I can find for myself. Everyone slants information to suit their own agendas.

  • TaSaad

    I know there are some Muslim countries that do practice beheading, stoning, beating their women, mutilation, honor killings and on and on and on, but because my husband is a Muslim from Egypt,and many of our friends are from Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan I also know this is true of every Muslim country, and defiantly not true of every Muslim individual. My husband is very respectful of women. In the 15 years we have been married, he has never raised a hand to me, and we share the decision making and responsibilities. We have been married for 15 years now, and .the religious philosophy in home is kind of a merge between Christianity and Islam. Since we live in Texas, and there is no mosque any where near us, my husband attends a Baptist church every single Sunday, and does his Islamic prayer rituals five times daily.
    Misinformation about Muslims from members of our community has been the only problems this family has suffered due to my husband’s religion and culture. Neighbors call CPS on us regularly because of their unfounded concern that our daughter is at risk for physical and or sexual abuse. The assumption for the risk is only that my husband is Muslim. The first time this happened, our daughter was five years old, and CPS made my husband leave our home, and live homeless in his car for almost an entire month while they investigated, for no other reason than he is Muslim, so there was “reason to believe.” And that is what the CPS investigator put in his report. My husband had to go through two different psychological test, on of which was a sexual psychological profile. We still have members of the community referring to his as a pedophile, wife and child abuser, calling CPS on us two and three times a year out of concern for our daughter’s safety. Very few people will allow their children to play with our daughter. It is really sad, because this is coming from “Christians” who are determined to tear this family apart.

  • Princess

    TaSeed – I am sorry that the community is putting your family through the grinder. However, by your husbands own religion, he is an infidel (by marrying you, practicing another religion, Baptist, etc.). People like your husband need to stand up and be counted. People across the globe need people like your husband to stand up and stand against the extremists taking over, railroading his religion if it is in fact the religion he wants to follow and it is the religion of peace. Until then, the extremists are winning and the fact that they come to another country and demand to be treated differently, try to enact Sharia Laws (England, France, Spain, etc.), bring their honor killings to this nation, install Imams in this nation that have enlisted young American Muslims to go and fight in a Jihad (in Minnesota 23 young Muslim men have disappeared, a couple have been found dead fighting the jihad in middle eastern countries), until people of the Islam faith stand up and decry these things, you, your husband will continue to have this conflict. I will not accept Sharia, I will not become a believer in the Koran, I will not believe in Islam as my faith, I will not give up my freedom or country to a religion of another faith that is living in the 15th century. I will fight for my freedom of religion as well as your husbands freedom of religion. BUT, if your husbands faith (Islam) tries to demand ANYTHING in this country contrary to THIS countries founding principles and beliefs, which are Christian, he needs to move to a less hostile and more accepting place for him to practice his religion because it is interfering with the ways others practice theirs and want to live their lives. I would never dream of moving to an Islam Nation and try to force them to become Christian. He cannot believe in his religion and believe in the laws of this nation. We are a nation of laws and Sharia is not part of that. The fact that they think they can shut down Manhattan and worship in the street is appalling, as they also do in several other non Islam nations. There is no other religion in this country that would get away with doing that because it would infringe on other people’s rights. I do not, I will not accept that. I am glad he goes to a Christian based church (Baptist), maybe his eyes will open and he will find the only true loving God. It certainly seems that he is searching. May peace be with you and your family.

  • Barry Brooks

    Kill a muclim everyday, the life you save may be your own!

  • Princess

    Well, I think there are millions of Christian Muslims who do not think like you do. Just as people who are German, Italian, Irish does not automatically make them Christian.

  • tehvul

    Thank you for your service and I agree about the truth being presented as it is. Truth.

  • tehvul

    Total truth that anyone can look up for themselves. Well said.

  • tehvul

    If you wish for the mass stupidity to end, like do, then tossing the TV in the trash where it belongs would be a great first step to curing the universal disease of man. Which is ignorance.

  • Shemp

    Too many Americans remain totally disengaged or still enraptured with all that 0bama and his admin (particularly, Sibelius, Sunstein and Duncan) does to our society and culture…maybe the 0bamacare punch in the gut to so many millions of our fellow Americans will wake some of them up…but most of the 0bama bobble-head sycophants will continue to blame Bush, GOP and Tea Party for all the failures/lies of 0bama.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Thanks. Have a great day.

  • Mike Holmes

    I worked with a lot of muslims, even had to live with them for five and a half years on a ship for my last job. I’ll tell you right now that some of the muslims that I worked with that switched to christianity, all tell me that the koran is false religion and full of bullshit.

  • Thomas Dobbins

    Dearbornistan agrees with you…

  • Ann Conger

    Where are all the protesters who protest religion in school. If they are going to teach about Islamic religion then they need to teach about all religions. New book is definitely bias. What about those schools that allow Islamic students to leave class to say their prayers? But other religious faiths do not get the same right.

  • NewHampshire

    If Americans are not concerned that the DOJ (Eric Holder) thought they could interfere in a local issue, then we are dead dead dead! Holder had NO BUSINESS in this!!!!!

  • TaSaad

    This is the type of misinformation I am talking about. First of all, how can my husband stand up against extremism in his religion, when he is constantly having to fight and protect his family against the extremism and bigotry of Christians? Instead of riling against Muslims in this situation, you should be decrying the extreme actions of your fellow Christians that are hurting my daughter. I am sure my situation is not isolated. If an individual Muslim is not effecting the lives of Christians, why can’t you stand against the idea that Christians can harass him and his family? You justify the actions of these people in my community, and say it is my husband’s fault because of the extremist in his religion exists. How hypocritical can you be? My husband nor my family owes no one nothing…He does not try to force anyone to become Muslim, he doesn’t even try to convert any one to Islam by persuasion. He doesn’t wear any religious garb, or go out of his way to let everyone he is Muslim. He just doesn’t deny it when asked. It is not his fellow Muslims that are calling him an infidel and such for marrying me and going to a Christian church, it is people like you who do that, because you are misinformed.

  • hassam schazzam

    i have a solution move to egypt and see how you are excepted as a baptist its time for america to take back america

  • Princess

    Geez Ta Saad – I stand up to wack-o Christians all the time. Like the group that boy-cots veterans funerals and other such extremists. I can’t make a judgement on your situation when I don’t know all of the facts. I didn’t justify their actions. What I pointed out, was that the extremists in the Islam faith is destroying his faith and he should stand up to them if he doesn’t believe what they are doing is right. I never really commented on your situation, because I don’t know all of the facts. I commented about the facts of how Islam is perceived, what they are doing around the globe to alienate the rest of the worlds population. How you can turn that into a personal attack, is strange, unless your husband is acting like they do, which you say he isn’t. I am not calling him an infidel, his Koran does that. Qur’an (5:80)
    - “You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is
    that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased
    with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Those Muslims who
    befriend unbelievers will abide in hell. You will see MANY of those sorts of comments in the Koran.
    It isn’t my belief or my book. It is Islam’s book. I don’t condemn him for marrying you, having a child or going to worship at other places other than a mosque. I commended him for going to a (Baptist) church. You are way off the mark in your hollow accusations.

  • DJ

    @ Raymond – wow…do you work for a Muslim foundation or group posting inaccurate comments all day? Early in Mohammad’s career – as documented in the Koran – he used violence to taker over areas and violence or heavy taxation to force people to convert. He preached and wrote about Jihad in the Koran. I realize that Islam is allowed to lie to infidels but try to do a better job of it next time you comment online.

  • DJ

    Your story is sad but knowing many police officers who want little to do with domestic disputes there must have been very good cause for them to act they way they did. If there is not, then file a lawsuit. Our Courts will back you if you have truly been discriminated against.

  • DJ

    Are justifying Mohammad marrying a 6 year old then waiting until she is 8 years old before consummating the marriage by comparing it to other ancient cultures and the practice by some in India? Many cultures married young as life expectancy was young, but few cultures promoted sexual intimacy with 8 year olds. Most cultures understood nature enough to wait until girls had her first menstrual cycle and could actually bare children. 8 year olds fall very short of this mark. Mohammad is held up by all Islam as the ideal man. His example of marrying a young girl has never been collectively denounced by Islamic groups or Muslim dominated countries.

  • DJ

    Historical text books need to contain information on major cultural influences – ie: religion or secular movements. These sidebars assist the student to expand beyond their own cultural contexts to understand the culture and the lives of their people. Buddhism and Christianity significantly influenced societal and cultural development in vast parts of the world. As well, smaller areas were highly influenced by locally pursued religion such as Shinto in Japan. Many students today know little about Christianity and much less of Buddhism. If objective truth were pursued then historical textbooks would contain chapters on all major religions: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity plus atheism in regards to its impact on political movements such as Communism. Your above comment again is desperate for reasoning why one major influence (Islam) is worthy of study (inclusion of a chapter in the textbook) but others (Christianity, Buddhism, Shinto, Atheism) is not worthy of study (inclusion of a chapter). Your above argument regarding complete integration may be accurate regarding Islam, but to brush away the incredibly significant impact and integration – albeit not complete – of other world religions on their societal development and past/present functioning is intellectually dishonest.

    I have read all your comments from yesterday. While you have stated some excellent points, you also exhibit a pervasively closed minded approach to other world religions. This lack of objectivity conveys a lack of respect for the position and influence of other major world religions. One is left to conclude that either you are an adherent to Islam biased toward their inclusion in this textbook or work at posting pro-Islamic comments for an Islamic foundation or muslim as a hobby or for pay.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Maybe you should try looking a little deeper yourself. I said in another post that Muhammad said every soldier was a cleric sent to spread Islam by word or sword. The taxation was not punitive and non-Muslims DID have special protections. I do not work for Muslim groups. I did spend 21 years in the U.S. Army with my last overseas tour being in Iraq. What about you? I am giving historical facts. You should try looking into it.

  • DJ

    Raymond – the point is that the DoJ is involved at all. No crime is involved. No lawsuits are involved. No one is screaming 1st Amendment. The parents want equality in the book. This is a local School Board decision on which text book to purchase for their local school district. The fact that the DoJ is interested explicitly puts their weight on the School Board. Phone calls and behind door conversations have been occurring and will continue without media knowledge. Hold me to the next line for future posts: The school board with DoJ will stall. The meeting will be configured ahead of time. Whatever the school board resolution turns out to be, one aspect will definitely be: Christianity will not be accepted into the teaching of this class and Islam will remain. This is DoJ’s real interest. This is their battle ground.

  • Raymond Andrews

    And most people don’t understand the concept of not judging past cultures by the standards of today. Example – Male circumcision is a common practice today. in 1500 years, it may be viewed as the forced mutilation of newborns. How can a society that far removed from the event condemn the practice of the times regardless of whether or not we agree with it.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Think about this. If the DOJ called the School Board someone called the DOJ first and got them involved. I disagree with your opinion. You have no idea if Christianity is represented in the book or in what context. I saw another article about this issue when it first came out and it showed the title page of the chapter. This is a World History textbook and the chapter title says Muslim not Islam. Christianity should be covered in the section concerning the Roman Empire. Each religion should be covered in the chapter about the civilization in which it had the greatest influence. We won’t know exactly what is in the book unless we read it. The book MUST be read and taken as a whole with the language bias corrected and other religions added to the appropriate sections if it has been left out. Again, we have to read the book to know for sure.

  • Marlene Vickery

    I’ll bring the matches. :)

  • gramma_d

    When Muhammad was alive, he killed the Jews. He came to them and wanted the Jews to acknowledge him as a prophet and they said “no” so he killed them. The Muslims tried to take over all of Spain but some fought back, a lot of them left and many were also killed. It took many years for the Spaniards to take back their country from the Muslims. The Muslims used force when they invaded other lands. Their thing is either you convert to their ways or pay taxes to them and become their slave or if you refuse to do those two things, then they kill you.

  • JustSomeGuy

    Raymond, go back and read what you just wrote:

    “…’The school district was contacted by the United States Department of Justice over safety concerns due to the parent protest AND HAD THE SCHOOL BOARD CANCEL THE MEETING.’ It did not say that the DOJ told them to cancel the meeting so I can’t infer that they did so.” [Emphasis mine]

    You quoted that the DOJ had the school board cancel the meeting, then said it didn’t say that. How do you figure? “Had them cancel the meeting” and “told them to cancel the meeting” are semantically near identical.

    Also, the article started by discussing this (second paragraph):

    “It includes 36 pages devoted to Islam and a major chapter, but no chapters on any other religion.”

    If the statement is true (it’s not a “bias-prone” statement, as the information either is or isn’t true), the point that the federal DoE is pushing it *would* in fact be — according to case law — an infringement of the Establishment Clause, or at least the way it’s most recently been used. This is probably why the article went on to note no involvement at all of groups like the ACLU, groups that *say* their purpose is to protect the people from having their civil rights infringed — if it was “36 pages and a major chapter extolling the virtues of Christianity, but no chapters on other religions”, you and I both know the ACLU (and/or their ilk) would be on it like glaze on a Christmas ham, so why the double standard in this case?

  • Marcia Brown Castro

    I heard Fr. Benedict Groeschel call the television “the devil’s tabernacle. How true!

  • Raymond Andrews

    I can agree with most of what you said except for the part where they paid taxes and became slaves. It was one or the other. If they paid their taxes they were mostly left alone.

  • Raymond Andrews

    Since no one was quoted, how do we know that the DOJ told the school board to cancel the meeting? Anyone can stay whatever they want but it doesn’t make it true. I saw this story when it originally came out from another source. The chapter was on Muslim civilization of which Islam is a part. Since this is a world history textbook, I’m sure there is a chapter on the Roman Empire of where Christianity is talked about because it played a part. Another thing. Do you we believe everything you read our hear? I am a Conservative who believes in nit taking everything at face value. We accuse the Liberals of being sheep, aren’t we also if we accept everything we see or hear without question?

  • glynn

    If they cover Islam, they need to cover the other major faiths. I also think the part about the Palestinians and Israel is highlighted because now most of the Palestinians are Muslim. The comment is true regarding the Zionists and the war in 1948, prior to which Jews, Christians and Muslims were living together in peace. If you read “Blood Brothers” it will tell this story. If the ACLU is worth anything, it will be sure that all the faiths are represented, if anyone calls them. I do not live in a state using the Common Core, so it cannot be me.

  • Tina Elliott Brown

    “Jews and Christians were allowed to live unmolested if they paid their taxes”.. my, how gracious..blah

  • Raymond Andrews

    Yes, that was as gracious as the U.S. government “allowing” Japanese-Americans to live in internment camps during WWII.

  • Raymond Andrews

    You said you read all my previous posts. This is either untrue, you missed a couple, or you have poor reading comprehension skills. I said that the chapter in question is about the Muslim civilization of which Islam played a major role. You really can’t include more than a mention of all religions or the world history text would be an encyclopedia.I also said that the other major religions should be covered in the chapters that cover the civilization that was most heavily influenced. The example I gave was Christianity being covered under the Roman Empire. If Constantine hadn’t converted to Christianity there is a good chance we’d all still be praying to Zeus and the other Roman gods. Now, you’ll have to explain why you think I “exhibit a pervasively closed minded approach to other world religions”. I have demonstrated no lack of respect for other religions by saying a World History Textbook does not need a chapter on each. It just needs to include them in relevant chapters. I am Catholic not Islamic and I work at trying to get people to look at things more objectively and with less venomous hatred and animosity.

  • TaSaad

    It is not police officers, it is Child Protection Services, and that is what they do, investigate allegations of child abuse. No, there is no recourse against this agency. They can come and remove children on a basis of “reason to believe.” In this situation they did not believe abuse had occurred, but thought there might be risks for abuse because my husband is Muslim. They are required to make a home visit every time there is a report. They know us, and they know this is crap, but they still have to come out to our home, and make us as a family so freaking insecure concerning our daughter’s welfare. There have been reports made on our by more than one person, and this makes the situation all the more tough. The reports have slowed down, but still it is a regular thing, and it is upsetting….

  • TaSaad

    I am sorry, but both my husband and I are Americans. He is just as much of an American citizen as you and I are. I am an American standing up for American values and the Constitution that guarantees religious freedom for everyone. It is time that we take America back, and stand up for REAL American values and morals. If you don’t like that, then you move some where else where freedoms do not exists. The problem in this situation is not my family, nor my husband’s religion, the problem are the so called “Christian” bigots who have no respect for American freedoms, and want to deny freedom of religion of those who do not share their same beliefs! Shame on you and those who agree with you and want to defile the Constitution of America because it allows for diversity. Shame on you for not being a real American! Just shame on you!

  • karen bracken

    Kick Communist Pearson and their partner Bill Gates out out of America. Do some research on Pearson and Sir Michael Barber. Bill Gates is in bed with the UN. He signed an agreement with UNESCO. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

  • Hoodoo H

    Bring all the Korans you can fund as well.
    And, don’t forget the pig on a skewer for the roast.

  • oldsalt6585

    Wolfy,
    We don’t execute Muslims in this country for their beliefs, butt munch. As a WICCAN you’d be up front waiting for the blade if you lived in a Muslim country.

  • oldsalt6585

    As a WICCAN, you’d be in front of the line waiting for the blade in a Muslim country.

  • WolfyWiccan

    Seems like we do, based on some of the vocal minorities. Judge any group of people on the merits of the worst things they’ve committed, and even the innocent are found guilty.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    Garbage: Muhammad was a child molester of the worst kind. Give me a break. No forced conversions???? where did you get that lie from? Oh, they just cut your head off,
    huh! It is you that is grossly incorrect. I have News for you. It is written: Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is risen! Now we are the sons of God, through Jesus Christ.
    Maybe you better read the Word of God, instead of that devilish Koran, etc. Yes have a book burning, and a prayer meeting for our country at the same time. Abolish the DOJ.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    HOGWASH, AND EVERYONE ELSE KNOWS IT. Muslims have a god, little g.
    The god of this world, Satan! Muslims are a 100 percent Cult of the Devil, that submit to SATAN on a daily basis.

  • Raymond Andrews

    In America, girls were married at the age of 13. Were the men who married them also child molesters. The singer Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old cousin in the 50s. You need to read ACTUAL history texts and not just stuff you read on the internet. I believe in God. I do not believe in religious zealots who persecute people based on their belief system. There is enough of it in my groups history to have a strong distaste for it. I am Catholic and descended from the French Acadians of Nova Scotia. They were persecuted to a degree because of their religion by the Protestants. This went on at least through the end of the 80s. I doubt you are educated to know about the persecutions of Catholics by the British Protestants in Ireland. Another clue to your lack of education is you call for a book burning. Who decides what books should be burned? You? A Committee made up of like minded religious zealots? I read a lot and I don’t need other people deciding what I should read. The only people I dislike more than atheists trying to convince me there is no God is the religious zealot who try to convince me that my religion is the wrong one. You say you read the Bible. Do you remember the part where God said the the apostle Peter, “You are my rock and upon you I will build my church”? Peter was the first Pope of the Catholic church. So, wouldn’t that make Catholicism the church endorsed by God? Trivia: The French word for Peter is Pierre. Pierre is also the French word for stone or rock.

  • lj

    Since when does the DOJ concern himself with state meetings? This is Agenda driven and is not even subtle anymore. Thank God people are starting to fight this. We need to get rid of Common Core.

  • nate

    No, religion needs to cease

  • Paul B.

    Raymond, I think you need to review your historical facts. Muhammad was a militant leader that forced his victims to convert or die. Have you even read any of the Quran?

  • The Knight

    IF YOU ARE AN AMERICAN … Weigh in on these conversations … Are YOU a Mother or Father, Grandparents or guardian of School Aged Children or of young adults who are in College or a university ??? …

    The Bigest Question of this period of time … “Should Islam be taught in our Public Schools and in the Core Curriculum ??? ” …

    Should it be a required curriculum in our public schools, colleges and/or inour Universities … When Creationism (replaced by Darwin’s Evolution), Christianity and Judaism IS NOT allowed by the US Supreme Courts Justices since 1962-1963 forward ???

    Islam was not and is not a part of America …

    Our nation was formed on the foundation and framework of Judao-Christian values, morals, ethics and Integrity from our founding father up to the 1960s when the US Supreme Courts and its Justices played gods and pushed the only True and Living God out of our classrooms and public gatherings … Stating that it was “Unconstitutional.”

    The School boards Replaced the Creationism Curriculum with Darwin’s Evolution … They Pushed School prayer, the reading of scriptures and and the Pledge of Allegiance to our American Flag our of our schools and public gatherings …

    So, IF Our US Supreme Courts and its Justices Ruled that it is “Unconstitutional” for Judao-Christian values, morals, ethics and Integrity, prayer, reading of scriptures and the Pledge of Allegiance to be in our school classrooms …

    How much more should the so-called satanic religion of Islam be which has NO bearing on the history or formation of our nation be “Unconstitutional”

    Just like the Agnostics and the Atheist of America sued to have Judao-Christianity out of our schools …So should each and every Jewish and Christian parents, Grandparents and guardians of school aged children and young adults in our colleges and universities SUE to have Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood organizations, and Muslim way of life OUR of our schools and out of our Colleges and Universities … Fact is, they should also SUE to have Darwin’s Evolution taken our of our schools, colleges and universities …

    For IF it is unconstitutional for Judao-Christianity to be a part of our Schooling … than Islam, Sharia, The Muslim Brotherhood, its organizations, and the Muslim way of life has to be “Unconstitutional” in our public schools, Colleges and Universities … SUE the living crap out of the Muslim Brotherhood CAIR and other Organizations JUST like they would sek to sue us.

  • Kaye

    NO, its either all, are none! Your personal life story is not needed…this is about schools and removing religion and that should include all! Period! That a violation of all civil rights…dont like it too bad! Blaming Republicans and christians…is a clear reason this is just wrong! Sorry for the Butt Hurt! Its segregating plain and simple! The ACLU and Freedom from Religion rules apply to all…if they are suing Christians, they should be suing Common Core! No excuses and no one cares of your plight!

  • TaSaad

    First of all, you may not personally care about my plight, but many others do. So know that you do not speak for anyone but yourself. I agree religious practices should be removed from all public life, and that includes schools. I am not a hypocritical Christian that believes only my religious views should be represented in public life. That being said, world history cannot be discussed without the inclusion of religion, and that includes all religions. This is not teaching religion, but rather teaching history and the role religions plays throughout history. That is not the same thing as promoting religious practice in the classrooms.

    My comments here were directed at specific mis truths and mis information about Muslims, and I did not imply in any kind of way that one religion should be taught in schools, while others are not, so there is no “butt-hurt” or offense that you intended to inflict because I dared to have an open discussion on these public forums. I was engaged in a conversation that you did not approve of, and you had to intentionally take time out of your life to try to insult me based on ideas that you and I are in complete agreement on. I don’t understand people like you.

  • oldsalt6585

    Then YOU kiss the ässes of the Muslims….and when they come after you for an imagined offense of their god allah (patooy) or their pedophile Muhammad (patooy), don’t come crying to me.

  • jsteele98

    “Groups that traditionally fight against religious references in schools, such as the ACLU, are amazingly silent on the issue.”

    Because when you piss off a Christian or a Jew they don’t try to kill you or blow things up