Skip to comments.Religion in the schools: Joseph Farah blasts ACLU, courts for glaring double standard on Islam
Posted on 05/05/2004 12:01:05 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
Where's the ACLU when you need it?
For years, America's government schools have been told by the courts and the secular jihadists at the American Civil Liberties Union that any vestige of Christianity or Judaism must be eradicated.
There's been a judicial fatwa against the two faiths that inspired the American political system.
The courts have blessed this Taliban-like holy war against religion in the schools and the public square.
The legal rationalization for this crusade has been the establishment clause of the First Amendment a thin thread of an excuse.
But now it is becoming increasingly clear that's all this campaign ever was an excuse for marginalizing the God of the Bible in the lives of Americans.
The proof is the tolerance shown for another kind of religion in America's schools not just secular humanism, but Wahhabist Islam.
As an investigation by WorldNetDaily's Paul Sperry revealed, a top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam. The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan's madrassa schools as "proud symbols of learning," even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.
The ACLU is uncharacteristically mute.
"In effect," Sperry writes, "she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity."
Critics complain that Douglass, who taught at the Saudi academy for at least a decade, has convinced American textbook publishers and educators to gloss over the violent aspects of Islam to make the faith more appealing to non-Muslim children. The units on Islam reviewed by WND appear to give a glowing and largely uncritical view of the faith.
While the ACLU hasn't been troubled by the increase in one-sided teaching about Islam in the public schools, another legal watchdog has. The Thomas More Law Center sued a San Francisco-area school district on behalf of parents of seventh-graders who were required to "become Muslims" for two weeks as part of their world history unit on Islam.
However, U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the lawsuit against the Byron Union School District, arguing the Muslim unit does not promote religion, and therefore does not violate the First Amendment's clause against religious establishment.
The controversial role-playing course requires kids to recite Muslim prayers and verses of the Quran in class. Students also are required to give up things like watching television or eating candy for a day to simulate Islamic fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims," the Student Guide portion of the Islam module instructs seventh-graders as an introduction to the material.
Just imagine substituting practices associated with Christianity or Judaism in such a course without the ACLU squealing in horror. It's unthinkable.
What's happening here is clear: There's an unholy alliance emerging between the mush-brained, selectively intolerant secular jihadists and those Islamists who would like to use the Judeo-Christian-inspired American freedoms to undermine Western Civilization.
Why do I call them "mush-brained"? Because these people are so myopic they can't see their allies in this cause hate everything they stand for. They can't see that they would not survive five minutes in their brave old world of the 7th century. They can't see that the freedom they love so much can only survive in a society operating on Judeo-Christian principles and populated by people who believe in those principles.
If people can't see this glaring double-standard at work in America, there is very little point to fighting Islamic terrorism abroad. It's just a matter of time before the enemy within achieves victory by default.
You can say that again!
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