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A Seat at the Table: Islam Makes Inroads in Education
CBN News ^ | Dec 9th, 2004 | David Brody

Posted on 12/09/2004 11:33:27 AM PST by missyme

WASHINGTON -- If you look closely, what is inside your child's textbooks may shock you. They are full of evolution theories, and many liberal historians are rewriting American history as well. But there is even more. How Islam is portrayed in today's textbooks is a subject of concern also.

The familiar images of Islam include praying at Mecca, and the prophet Muhammad, a man Muslims say is the messenger of God. But this is not the whole story.

When all is said and done, the story of Islam is being told and taught to our nation's school kids in their textbooks. But are they getting the whole story, or just part of it?

Since the early 1990's, teaching Islam to kids has taken on a new dimension. As our society moved into the era of political correctness where it became taboo to offend any one group, many educational analysts say that the controversial nature of Islam started to not only be downplayed, but to be totally ignored.

One of the leading critics is the American Textbook Council, which came out with a scathing report a year ago. It is called "Islam in the Textbooks," and in it are numerous examples of how Muslim scholars are simply not telling kids the full truth.

For example, take the word Jihad. It is believed to represent a holy war, and the object is to bring the whole world under Islamic rule and law. But in the textbooks, that is not what kids are reading. In the World History Book, "across the centuries," Jihad is called a struggle "to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil."

The president of the American Textbook Council, Gil Sewell, recently spoke about his concerns at a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill.

Sewell said, "When it comes to Holy War, to Islamic law, to slavery, to the treatment of women, the textbooks fudge, hedge - and it's not accidental."

And the report says, when it comes to women, most textbooks do not mention how many men in the Islamic world look at women as just another possession. Many times, it just ignores that aspect altogether. One textbook says, "Although men had most of the power in Arab society, women had some freedom. For example, women could own and inherit property. Women contributed to the group through such activities as spinning and weaving."

When it comes to putting a positive spin on the teachings of Islam, one of the most influential organizations out there is the Council on Islamic Education, based in California. It is a research institute that gives guidance to publishers when it comes to what they say about Islam.

The founder, Shabbir Mansuri, came to the CBN News studios in Washington, and we asked him if the textbooks today are really giving students a complete and true picture.

Mansuri answered, "I think that is a valid point. I don't think it's a point we shouldn't put on the table for us to discuss. I think it's a valid point."

But, Mansuri says, with just a few pages devoted to Islam in the textbooks, you can only include so much. And, he says, kids in grade school may not be ready to comprehend it all, anyway.

Mansuri added, "You can make an argument that we want them to know the good and bad of it. Valid argument. [But] are they equipped to understand the good and bad of it?"

Which brings us to Whahabbism, an extremist fundamentalist brand of Islam. Whahabbism is being taught to school children in Saudi Arabia, and its most infamous follower is Osama bin Laden himself. This is not being mentioned in American textbooks.

Mansuri remarked, "It's put in some sort of large way that, as a Muslim, I'm scratching my head and saying what are they talking about?

We said we surmised that it was prevalent in the Islamic world.

Mansuri replied, "It is not. That is what I am saying. It is in the mind of those who are deniers."

Mansuri said that all his group is trying to do, is to make sure that what is written about Islam comforms to the textbook standards in each state. In California, the standards say, "When ethnic or cultural groups are portrayed, portrayals must not depict differences in customs or lifestyles as undesirable, and must not reflect adversely on such differences."

So, Mansuri says that he strives to make that happen.

But Historian David Barton says that all the facts must be put on the table. Barton remarked, "They [Muslims] may want to be presented well today, but historically there are some footprints that have to be looked at."

And he says those footprints are not always so flattering. Barton said, "There was a Barbary Powers war that went on for 16 years in America, where America was dealing with Muslim terrorists for 16 years back, from 1790 through 1806. That is the reason we have the Marine Corps hymn. 'From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli' was because the American Marines went inland in the same area where they are now, to release enslaved Americans [who] had been taken prisoner by Muslim terrorists. And for 16 years, for four presidents, we fought a war against Muslim terrorists."

Barton says that history should not be edited to make a faith look good. "As a Christian," Barton said, "I can't say we're not going to teach the witch trials because that would make me look bad as a Christian."

But in today's textbooks, Muhammad is not made to look bad at all. He is mentioned numerous times in a positive light, but critics are curious as to why there is no mention of the controversy in which he supposedly had multiple wives, and one of them was a very young girl. Instead, you find role-playing exercises for students, like reading the Koran in class or dressing up as Muslim pilgrims on their way to Mecca.

Jordan Rubio in Virginia Beach knows the feeling. At his public school, one of his classmates was asked to go in front of his class and pretend to be an Egyptian pharaoh. Then Jordan and the rest of his classmates had to bow down to him. His mother could not believe it.

Teresa Rubio said, "I asked him how he felt when he did that, and to my surprise, he responded that he immediately went to praying, and asked for forgiveness."

Jordan was not the only one in her family who had a problem. Her daughter Emily was asked to do an English grammar assignment, and the book used was the Koran. Theresa says, why not the Bible?

Teresa Rubio remarked, "I can understand that we need to understand other cultures and other traditions, but when Jesus is not given equal time in the classroom, I just feel that I have to oppose that."

All of Theresa's experiences have led her to a strong conclusion. "We really just need to pay very close attention to where we're sending our children, and what they are learning when they go there."

Mansuri says that the way Islam is taught is not the problem. Instead, he says, Christians simply do not have a seat at the table when it comes to reviewing textbooks at the state level.

He said, "Every committee that I'm invited to sit [on], if there are religious institutions that are brought in, I never see conservative Christians, for example."

That is a problem. And until that happens, the textbooks remain in their current state. It can be debated whether the violent images kids see on TV should be represented in the pages of their textbooks. What is not up for debate is that only some of the facts are being taught to kids in America's classrooms.


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1 posted on 12/09/2004 11:33:27 AM PST by missyme
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To: missyme

I love my child's textbooks. Ah, but I homeschool.


2 posted on 12/09/2004 11:35:29 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: missyme
Osama doesn't have to lift a finger to destroy our nation's future. The Leftists and the ACLU are doing it for him.


3 posted on 12/09/2004 11:40:10 AM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Good for you! I cannot see any American any longer sending there Kids to public schools!


4 posted on 12/09/2004 11:42:54 AM PST by missyme
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To: missyme

The closest meaning of the word 'Jihad' is indeed 'struggle,' and it can in fact refer to something political or military in nature (as a holy war or rebellion against non-Muslims) or completely internal (as a struggle against baser desires out of tune with the will of Allah).


5 posted on 12/09/2004 11:45:34 AM PST by rightwinggoth
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To: rightwinggoth
'Jihad' as used by the radical islamists that we're fighting means just one thing:  doing anything and everything to try to subjugate or destroy all non-muslims in order to establish the rule of islam over the entire world.

The likelihood that any textbook writer will tell that truth is...zero.

6 posted on 12/09/2004 11:52:22 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: missyme
This should be in there.
7 posted on 12/09/2004 11:56:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: missyme
He said, "Every committee that I'm invited to sit [on], if there are religious institutions that are brought in, I never see conservative Christians, for example."

Therein lies the problem with education.

8 posted on 12/09/2004 11:58:23 AM PST by MonitorMaid (Merry CHRISTmas!)
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To: BenLurkin

Why???
That would be telling the truth. Obviously the public schools embraces lies....


9 posted on 12/09/2004 12:00:36 PM PST by missyme
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To: missyme

The familiar images of Islam include praying at Mecca, and the prophet Muhammad, a man Muslims say is the messenger of God. But this is not the whole story.


The rest of the story:


Prophet of Doom - Islam’s Terrorist Dogma, In Muhammad’s Own Words


Islam is a caustic blend of regurgitated paganism and twisted Bible stories.
Muhammad, its lone prophet, conceived his religion solely to satiate his lust for power, sex, and money.
He was a terrorist.

And if you think these conclusions are shocking, wait until you see the evidence at www.prophetofdoom.net.



Radical Islam's 'plan' to take over America - Arab-American author outlines secret 20-year strategy to undermine country

The Islamic States of America?

Misunderstanding the Enemy: the Islamic Threat and the U.S. Media

CAIR: 'Moderate' friends of terror

An Open Letter to Islamic Organizations in America

Islamic terror based on Qu’ran: ex-CIA official

Islam: This is a truthful hardhitting analysis that all of Freerepublic, the West and America needs to read and understand


‘Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth’

--Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations), San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998


10 posted on 12/09/2004 12:50:04 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Born Conservative; backhoe; SheLion; Grampa Dave; MeekOneGOP; Fiddlstix

Ping


11 posted on 12/09/2004 12:55:41 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: expatguy; OXENinFLA; ApesForEvolution; broadsword

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12 posted on 12/09/2004 1:03:51 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform
This stuff is getting pretty deep! Hannity and Combs show last night? "Taking Back America!"



13 posted on 12/09/2004 1:07:36 PM PST by SheLion (I need Christ to stay in Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.)
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To: SheLion

Yes, I did see H & C last night. Good show! They need to make "Taking Back America" a coast-to-coast tour.


14 posted on 12/09/2004 1:12:02 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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15 posted on 12/09/2004 1:20:27 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform

BTTT


16 posted on 12/09/2004 1:32:15 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: EdReform
Yes, I did see H & C last night. Good show! They need to make "Taking Back America" a coast-to-coast tour.

It was excellent! And being out in Kookifornia, I was amazed at how the audience was on OUR side. They sure were cheering Sean and Ollie! It did my heart good for a change!!

17 posted on 12/09/2004 1:56:50 PM PST by SheLion (I need Christ to stay in Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.)
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To: USF; ariamne; wtc911; texasbluebell; velocityguy; joesnuffy; Wolfhound777; MissAmericanPie; ...

Islam indoctrination ping!


Should we be surprised that text books are now in public schools teaching Islam and Muhammad in a positive light?

And at the same time The Bible and Jesus are not permitted on the premises.

Another reason I am thankful to be homeschooling my children.


18 posted on 12/09/2004 2:03:21 PM PST by jan in Colorado (Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas...anyone offended? Ge t over it!)
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To: SheLion

Yes, the audience certainly was Conservative! It was great!


19 posted on 12/09/2004 2:04:34 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Prime Choice

BTTT


20 posted on 12/09/2004 3:57:33 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: jan in Colorado

"And at the same time The Bible and Jesus are not permitted on the premises."

This is what I don't get. In a nation that is at least 85% Christian, school children are not allowed to hear a word about Christianity in their schools, nor to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the dreaded phrase "under God", nor to say a prayer. (Even though the US Congress opens every single day with a prayer and the Pledge, in which they do say "under God").

However, children in various school districts are learning about a religion which has a population base of .5% (that's one half of one percent) in this country, in some cases having to say the Shahada which is a prayer that one says to convert to islam.

Why? Why? Why?

(And thanks for the ping, Jan.)


21 posted on 12/09/2004 4:48:34 PM PST by texasbluebell
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22 posted on 12/09/2004 4:57:55 PM PST by Born Conservative (Entertainment is a thing of the past, today we've got television - Archie Bunker)
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To: missyme
A Seat at the Table: Islam Makes Inroads in Education

............But has it EARNED a seat at that table.

I think not.

23 posted on 12/09/2004 5:03:38 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: texasbluebell
This is what I don't get. In a nation that is at least 85% Christian, school children are not allowed to hear a word about Christianity in their schools, nor to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the dreaded phrase "under God", nor to say a prayer. (Even though the US Congress opens every single day with a prayer and the Pledge, in which they do say "under God").

We the people have to blame ourselves for what is being taught in the schools. We elect the school board, but the teacher's union gets to schedule the elections at special times when most people are too unconcerned to vote. The message is, Get Concerned People. Go to school board meetings and tell them what you think. You may be surprised at how many of you there are.

Of course if you home school, you are already taking the right steps, but you should go to the school board meetings to, to explain why your kids have been removed from the schools. Food for thought for the school board.

24 posted on 12/09/2004 5:03:51 PM PST by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: KC_for_Freedom

bttt


25 posted on 12/09/2004 5:12:19 PM PST by texasbluebell
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To: jan in Colorado

Not surprising. It is a natural progression for the left, who run the teachers unions, to ram islam down our kids throats since they have already made a devil's pact with the islamists. I wish I could home school, but I must work. I call upon all mothers who have kids in public school to fight this indoctrination tooth and nail. I will not allow my daughter to be taught about islam, unless it is within the context of learning about ALL religions, and even then it has to be the TRUTH about islam, warts and all.


26 posted on 12/09/2004 6:21:50 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal)
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To: BenLurkin

And Nick Berg, Paul Johnston, Ken Bigley, etc etc. And let's not forget the Israeli children that get chased under their beds and machine gunned by hate crazed Palestinians.


27 posted on 12/09/2004 6:23:50 PM PST by ariamne (reformed liberal)
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To: missyme
We need a Swift Boat type series of TV ads exposing islime for the devil worshiping cult that it is. Use the words from their comic book for retards to shine a light on these cockroaches.

Anyone like the Swift Boat guys that can get something like this on the air will have my continued contributions and I suspect many others.

28 posted on 12/09/2004 6:32:18 PM PST by Wurlitzer (I have the biggest organ in my town {;o))
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To: Salem

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29 posted on 12/09/2004 7:32:25 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform; SJackson; yonif; Simcha7; American in Israel; spectacularbid2003; Binyamin; ...
Keep posting the ProphetOfDoom.net link. That's a helpful site!


AMERICA AT WAR
At Salem the Soldier's Homepage ~

American Flag

30 posted on 12/09/2004 8:01:03 PM PST by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: missyme

Since the early 1990's...

That is when I started noticing a sea change in the way Islam was being presented, myself.
Very interesting.


31 posted on 12/09/2004 8:34:18 PM PST by Apogee
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To: jan in Colorado; All
More on the sickening attempt to whitewash Islam and Spreading Islam in American Public Schools

Christianity is out. Dhimmitude is in.

Thank the ACLU and the terrorist lovers at CAIR who want to destroy America.

32 posted on 12/09/2004 10:40:57 PM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: USF

Cool tagline.


33 posted on 12/10/2004 1:55:32 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!!!)
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To: KC_for_Freedom

Your message is right on target. We need more action on our side.


34 posted on 12/10/2004 3:14:10 AM PST by milford421
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To: missyme
If you look closely, what is inside your child's textbooks may shock you. They are full of evolution theories, and many liberal historians are rewriting American history as well. But there is even more. How Islam is portrayed in today's textbooks is a subject of concern also.

How long before our school's history books include accounts of the Pilgrims celebrating Ramadan?

35 posted on 12/10/2004 4:35:00 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: EdReform; Happy2BMe; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; ...

Thanks for the ping.
}:o)


36 posted on 12/10/2004 4:36:20 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

Scary what is being taught in government schools.


37 posted on 12/10/2004 4:43:00 AM PST by kassie ("It's the soldier who allows freedom of speech, not the reporter..")
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To: missyme

Looks like we have a fifth column working for the goal impose Islam and Islamic on the US from the inside.


38 posted on 12/10/2004 5:08:21 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of shucking and jiving)
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To: SheLion
Thanks for the map. When in hell will America wake up???

Better yet, when in hell will America present a united front to the world in matters of foreign policy, as it did once upon a time???

It's time we had politicians with enough concern for the United States to form a House or Senate committee to grill all forms of media about their un-American propaganda spins, which give Americans a cockeyed perception about what's going on with the war???

39 posted on 12/10/2004 5:40:07 AM PST by Robert Drobot (God, family, country. All else is meaningless.)
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To: missyme

So when can we expect the ACLU to bring a law suit?


40 posted on 12/10/2004 5:43:19 AM PST by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: SheLion

The thing I've found over the years is if you ask people what they really want you find they are conservative. Why these same people continue to vote democrat, I have no idea.


41 posted on 12/10/2004 5:47:10 AM PST by Valin (Out Of My Mind; Back In Five Minutes)
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To: Robert Drobot
Better yet, when in hell will America present a united front to the world in matters of foreign policy, as it did once upon a time???

It scares me, and I'm not afraid of nothing. heh!

For the past two years, Fox News has been ask if anyone thinks the terrorists are in America. And I am screaming at the TV "YES!"

I realize not all these Mosque's are evil people. But every big family has their black sheeps, and what better place to hide the bad guys then in these Mosque's scattered around the U.S.

42 posted on 12/10/2004 6:47:48 AM PST by SheLion (I need Christ to stay in Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.)
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To: OXENinFLA

You're welcome!


43 posted on 12/10/2004 6:55:42 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: texasbluebell



"And at the same time The Bible and Jesus are not permitted on the premises."

This is what I don't get. In a nation that is at least 85% Christian, school children are not allowed to hear a word about Christianity in their schools, nor to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the dreaded phrase "under God", nor to say a prayer. (Even though the US Congress opens every single day with a prayer and the Pledge, in which they do say "under God").

However, children in various school districts are learning about a religion which has a population base of .5% (that's one half of one percent) in this country, in some cases having to say the Shahada which is a prayer that one says to convert to islam.

Why? Why? Why?

Any school I have been at, they do say the Pledge of Allegiance with "under God" in it EVERY DAY and no one thinks twice about it.

One of the many reasons that sometimes you don't seen God in some cases in school is that ANOTHER RELIGION objects (and no I'm not talking about somone from Islam or other). A lot of times, it is another Christian or someone of the Jewish faith that objects to something done in a classroom and it is sometimes then taken out.

Teaching the educational aspects of Christianity, Islam, etc. should be in the classroom. Doctrinal things probably shouldn't.


44 posted on 12/10/2004 12:48:23 PM PST by moog
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To: varon


How long before our school's history books include accounts of the Pilgrims celebrating Ramadan?

Not ever I'm afraid. I don't believe everything I read in biased media, whether it's the left or right. It's funny how we'll believe anything that someone who supports our political views writes in the media, but don't believe the other side if they write something. People tend to believe what they want to I guess.

Pilgrims are still a valued part of our curriculum.


45 posted on 12/10/2004 12:51:47 PM PST by moog
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To: Valin

Not all Republicans are good either. I vote the great majority Republican, but there are a couple of Democrats that I voted for because the Republican cantidates weren't the best people I felt. There are some educational liberals that I won't vote for either because of their agenda against public education, but I don't consider that as my sole basis for voting.


46 posted on 12/10/2004 12:54:59 PM PST by moog
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To: missyme
BTTT


Spreading Islam in American Public Schools

Islamist Threat to Public Schools in Columbia, South Carolina?

47 posted on 12/13/2004 7:53:56 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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