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Teacher Tells Students to Call 9-11 Hijackers “Freedom Fighters”
Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 02/28/2013 7:13:28 AM PST by Kaslin

An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class.

Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”

John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, tells me that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong.

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.

Valastro said the teacher involved is a 32-year veteran who was simply following state teaching guidelines.

“I don’t think my freshman-level teacher was trying to politicize radical Islam or anything like that,” he said. “I don’t think our teacher has...to my knowledge ever converted a single student to Islam.”

The Islamic lessons in the small public high school generated national attention after a photograph of four female students wearing burqas surfaced on Facebook.

April LeBlanc’s 15-year-old daughter was one of the students in the photograph. She told me that many parents in the district feel betrayed by school officials.

“My biggest thing is not the burqa,” she said. “That was the key to opening up the rest. It’s scary how far they dove into the Islamic faith. It’s scary what they taught my daughter. Who’s in charge of this? How did our superintendent let this slip through the cracks?”

LeBlanc said the students were told that they could no longer use the terms suicide bomber or terrorist. Instead, they were instructed to use the words “freedom fighters.”

“This teacher taught her that a freedom fighter is when they give their life for the Holy War – and that they’re going to go to heaven,” she said. “They were saturating these kids in Islam and my daughter is an American Christian child.”

Madelyn LeBlanc told me that it was clear her teacher was very uncomfortable lecturing the students.

“I do have a lot of sympathy for her,” the 15-year-old said. “At the very beginning she said she didn’t want to teach it but it was in the curriculum.”

Her mother added that it was her impression that the teacher did not agree with the quote about calling the terrorists freedom fighters and laced her lecture with sarcasm.

During a lesson on Judaism, LeBlanc said the teacher told the class, “Students, I’m supposed to be politically correct and tell you that the Holocaust was not Genocide. It was an ethnic cleansing.”

LeBlanc said her daughter kept detailed notes of every classroom lecture and as she read the transcripts she became disturbed.

“Really,” she asked. “They can’t call the Holocaust Genocide? I was more upset with that than the lessons on Islam. It made me sick.”

And then came the comparison between the 9-11 hijackers and the freedom fighters.

Madelyn said a young man sitting beside her was stunned.

“He was shocked that we had to call them that,” she told Fox News. “He laughed and asked the teacher, ‘Is that a joke? Are you serious? Why do we have to call them that? That makes it sound okay (what they did) And it’s not.’”

Madelyn said the teacher didn’t know how to respond.

“She said it was something we have to learn for the end of the year testing,” she said. “I’m sure it was very difficult for her to do.”

Madelyn said the lesson about freedom fighters made her feel “terrible.”

“That made it sound like what they were doing was okay,” she said.

The superintendent also defended the lesson on freedom fighters.

“The whole idea behind this particular lesson – do you call yourself a freedom fighter or Islamic jihadist – or whatever it is you want to be called – you’ve got to put things in perspective,” the superintendent said. “We’re trying to teach the kids to discern for themselves that one thing can be called many different things.”

Valastro said it’s important for students to understand context.

“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

The superintendent said he was not aware of the specific comments made about the 9-11 hijackers – but conceded there was only one side to the attack.

“I do agree it was a terrorist attack,” he said. “But in several classes across this country, you’re going to have a make-up of students from all over the world in your class. We teach it as an act of terrorism – whereas they are teaching it to their kids as a revolutionary event.”

LeBlanc said she was especially bothered by the lack of emphasis on other religions. She said there were hardly any lessons on Judaism and none on Christianity.

“I wondered how it was okay for them to go so in-depth into a religion from the other side of the world but it was not okay for them to be like that with Christianity,” she said.

“I try to stay open-minded,” she said. “I don’t want my daughter to be ignorant about the world. My kids watch the news with us. We make them aware. I don’t even mind the high school teaching these things.”

But, she added, there was no balance.

“They can talk about how important Mecca is – but why aren’t they talking about how important Christianity was to the founding of the nation,” she asked.

LeBlanc and other parents said they feel betrayed.

“We trusted these people,” she said of the school system. “It scares me. I feel like our school is being infiltrated. How can this not be a sign? We’re talking about Lumberton, Texas. We’re talking about a small town with Christian churches on every street corner. Right in our small school this is going on.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Mexico; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: burqas; education; ethniccleansing; faithandfamily; foreignaffairs; genocide; governorperry; governorrickperry; islamdoctrination; jihad; jihadindoctrination; johnvalastro; mexico; muslimindoctrination; outrageous; religioninschools; rickperry; students; texas; texaseducation; theholocaust; waronterror
Political correctness must stop
1 posted on 02/28/2013 7:13:43 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The most literate and educated population in the history of the world was Hitler’s Germany.

Education is not a panacea for the world’s problems.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 7:20:47 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin

> Political correctness must stop

It won’t.

The only chance we’ve got is to outbreed the commies and educate our own children OUTSIDE the government school collectives, where they are brainwashed into the collectivist groupthink.

It is hypocritical to submit your children to an authority with which you disagree so strongly and on so many levels. Your kids will know it, and it will undermine your authority with them. Not only that, the school will tell your kids that your ideas are “old-fashioned” at best, but more likely that you are a “racist”, “homophobic”, “sexist”, “xenophobic”, “a gun-toting psychotard”, “anti-science”, “global-warming denier.”

GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. T

TODAY!


3 posted on 02/28/2013 7:22:30 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Kaslin

I know Lumberton very well. I grew up in Beaumont, which is near Lumberton, which is a small town in what we call the Piney Woods because it used to be, at least, a huge forest covering a very large acreage in that area.

Was I surprised to see this article! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was reading it.

FGS! what is wrong with these people?


4 posted on 02/28/2013 7:25:26 AM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

I know Lumberton very well. I grew up in Beaumont, which is near Lumberton, which is a small town in what we call the Piney Woods because it used to be, at least, a huge forest covering a very large acreage in that area.

Was I surprised to see this article! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was reading it.

FGS! what is wrong with these people?


5 posted on 02/28/2013 7:25:43 AM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

A teacher with 32 years “doesn’t know how to respond” to pure crap? What an idiot.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 7:26:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kaslin
The superintendent also defended the lesson on freedom fighters. “The whole idea behind this particular lesson – do you call yourself a freedom fighter or Islamic jihadist – or whatever it is you want to be called – you’ve got to put things in perspective,” the superintendent said. “We’re trying to teach the kids to discern for themselves that one thing can be called many different things.”

Valastro said it’s important for students to understand context.

“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

Let me clear up that nasty rash of moral equivalency for you, Mr. Superindendent, while I put this knife up to your jugular and strap this explosive vest to your chest.

7 posted on 02/28/2013 7:26:22 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Kaslin
And this is in Texas!

I can only imagine what is being taught in, say, Flint, MI or New Jersey, where pockets of other "freedom fighters" hang out!

8 posted on 02/28/2013 7:26:53 AM PST by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: basil

“what is wrong with these people?”

They haven’t been fired yet.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 7:27:17 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kaslin
Hitler wasn't interested in just moving the Jews away from Germany - he wanted to kill every one of them he could get his hands on even to the point that equipment which could have been better used fighting the war was still being used for his mass murder. If there was more that he could have killed he would have. That's pretty much the definition of Genocide. Calling it "ethnic cleansing" just tries to mix mass murder up with forced relocation to hide its true horror.

So the superintendent's claim that "What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding. From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids." is shown to be a lie. Trying to put the "ethnic cleansing" smiley face on the Holocaust is promoting ignorance and eliminating education and understanding.

10 posted on 02/28/2013 7:28:26 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Kaslin

Why are we educating Muslims in ANY of our public schools? Why are we educating Christians and Jews to accept the Muslim takeover of our country?

Turn off your TVs. Get down on your knees and PRAY. NOW, before it’s too late.


11 posted on 02/28/2013 7:29:05 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: basil

I agree. The deep piney woods part of East Texas is the last place you’d expect this to go on.

Who is the real culprit? If this is part of the required ‘lesson plan’ then that comes from the State Board of Education I believe. Liberal teachers run the lesson plan requirements set by the Board and this is what results.

You could argue that the teacher carried it to extremes—or maybe just followed it to the letter.

Some legislator needs to follow up on this.


12 posted on 02/28/2013 7:29:34 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Kaslin
I would but only if the teacher conceded that they they were fighting against it.
13 posted on 02/28/2013 7:30:51 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Kaslin
John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, tells me that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong.
To offer Ms Valastro a different opinion ...
... you may call (409-923-7580) or use their Contact Us form.
14 posted on 02/28/2013 7:42:54 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kaslin
“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

What is the freedom they are fighting for? Hmm, that would be the US supporting the right of Israel to exist and open trade in the Middle-East. This ignoramus milk-drinker/pansy equates this with the American Revolution,


15 posted on 02/28/2013 7:48:18 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: TADSLOS
“We might see it as terrorism, but from the Islamic side they might call it jihadist or freedom fighter,” he said.

And the nice Nazi's were very careful to explain that by exterminating Jews they were just cleansing the world of vermin!!!

16 posted on 02/28/2013 7:51:08 AM PST by ontap
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To: Kaslin
What is the freedom they are fighting for? Hmm, that would be the US supporting the right of Israel to exist and open trade in the Middle-East./s(Whoops, meant to put a sarcasm tag behind that sentence)
17 posted on 02/28/2013 8:00:44 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Kaslin
LeBlanc said she was especially bothered by the lack of emphasis on other religions. She said there were hardly any lessons on Judaism and none on Christianity.

There's the crux of the problem. If they aren't going to include Judaism and Christianity in the curriculum, they need to find balance elsewhere.

May I suggest a skit portraying these "freedom fighters" beheading Daniel Pearl?

18 posted on 02/28/2013 8:01:48 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Kaslin

“He was shocked that we had to call them that,” she told Fox News. “He laughed and asked the teacher, ‘Is that a joke? Are you serious? Why do we have to call them that? That makes it sound okay (what they did) And it’s not.’”

Madelyn said the teacher didn’t know how to respond.

“She said it was something we have to learn for the end of the year testing,” she said. “I’m sure it was very difficult for her to do.”

Sometimes teachers don’t have the abililty to address complex issues, as in this case.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 8:02:30 AM PST by goldi
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To: Kaslin

Back when America had a spine good upstanding citizens would have visited Superintendent John Valastro and explained to him how shameful his position is. If that failed to change his mind then perhaps the actions of the good citizens of Montana to Frank H. Little would be appropriate.


20 posted on 02/28/2013 8:12:20 AM PST by soupbone1
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To: Kaslin

I want to know the teacher’s name.


21 posted on 02/28/2013 8:24:34 AM PST by Lazamataz (Republicans have the same policies as the Democrats, except for the part where they win elections.)
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To: wildbill

I’m thinking it has to be that one school superintendent. Otherwise, we would have heard from other school districts by now, I should think!

Maybe we should get together and Freep that school-—LOL!


22 posted on 02/28/2013 8:35:34 AM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Kaslin
it was something we have to learn for the end of the year testing

There's the stick.

23 posted on 02/28/2013 8:37:07 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Kaslin

They are NOT fighting for freedom.

Freedom is anathema to their way of thinking.

What they want is SUBMISSION. Islam means submission. Those that claim it means peace mean peace in the same way the Communists meant peace - peace means lack of opposition.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 8:43:49 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Kaslin

This has to be satire, right?


25 posted on 02/28/2013 8:49:18 AM PST by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
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To: basil

Jeanine McGregor, of the Tea Party, is going around Texas to give community meetings on what CSCOPE is realy all about. She says 70% of Texas school districts have bought into the CSCOPE program. Yes. 70%. In Texas. Unfreakin’ believable.


26 posted on 02/28/2013 8:54:02 AM PST by bgill
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To: Kaslin

I guess you could say that they do fight...freedom.


27 posted on 02/28/2013 8:59:53 AM PST by mom.mom
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To: Kaslin

So calling someone a terrorist or freedom fighter depends on whose side you are on. That’s not news. From the german and japanese perspective they were in the right. That’s not the issue. The issue is that as an AMERICAN we should have a different perspective and NOT GIVE A S**T about our enemies perspective. A man that blows up little kids is evil. PERIOD. It doesnt matter how he rationalizes it. Tesching people to see the other guys perspective can be useful but only to a certain extent. There are some things that we must say are unacceptable by any standard and that those committing those acts must be stopped.


28 posted on 02/28/2013 9:03:14 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Kaslin

Well, if we have to look at other perspectives, let’s not call the Holocaust “ethnic cleansing,” let’s call it “Semitic removal.” Yeah, that’s a good, non-offensive term. And we’ll call Stalin’s enforced famine on the Ukrainians “food conservation” so as not to be judgmental. Mao’s slaughter of millions of Chinese landowners...hmmm... we’ll call that...”wealth redistribution.” (/s)


29 posted on 02/28/2013 9:07:30 AM PST by driftless2
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To: wildbill

“Who is the real culprit? If this is part of the required ‘lesson plan’ then that comes from the State Board of Education I believe.”

Actually Texas is leading the way in implementing the new Education program called C-Scope. I don’t know much about it, but it seems very controversial. The little I know about it is generally from whistleblowers that have to keep their identies a secret. The Board of Ed is actually hiding it from parents!


30 posted on 02/28/2013 9:18:05 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Kaslin
Reading the article it sounds like the teacher didn't like the lesson but it was part of the AP curriculum for the end of the year AP test.

Wonder what the College Board has to say about this?

31 posted on 02/28/2013 9:21:38 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: wildbill

“East Texas is the last place you’d expect this to go on.”

Nope. Wrongo.

First thing the nuns taught us: good and safe is where the enemy will attack. Example: the Church. Look at what happened there.

OK, now take that concept to a good state. Texas is so under attack right now, contrary to the impression that it is a safe red stronghold.

No, it will be a great acquisition to the opposition, so of course they are going after it. Who’s defending Texas? Not anyone under the illusion that it is safe just because it used to be.

Texas is as threatened as is or was Woodward.


32 posted on 02/28/2013 9:42:28 AM PST by stanne
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To: Kaslin

TAR & Feather John Valastro and the so called teacher, out of town, on a fresh split rail!


33 posted on 02/28/2013 9:50:29 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: bgill

In a way, it’s not all that surprising. The influx of people from California, in particular, moving here is phenomenal ....................


34 posted on 02/28/2013 9:51:03 AM PST by basil (basil, 2ASisters.org)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds to me like the teacher isn’t the problem. The problem’s the superintendant and whatever bureaucracy is in place that would force her to teach that treason to American studnets. Forcing American students to refer to islamic terrorists as Freedom Fighters is obscene. That should be punished by the people of that community.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 9:55:48 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Westbrook

“”””The only chance we’ve got is to outbreed the commies””””

Impossible. Normal, conservative minded people wait until after marriage to have children. They plan for a family.

Your average Obama voter has 5 kids by age twenty two, all with different fathers all living in gummit housing and food stamps.
They actually get more money by plopping out more welfare babies. Its an encouragment to have bigger welfare checks. Then by the time the kids are 15, they start breeding. They have fallen full circle and begin the cradle-to-grave welfare cycle all over again.
You can’t compete with that.


36 posted on 02/28/2013 9:59:44 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: envisio

My wife and I have 11 kids.

We been married more than 30 years.

We know lots of folks who have 5 or more children.

The problem is parents who send their kids to the government schools, where they are brainwashed into Democrats.


37 posted on 02/28/2013 10:14:59 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: envisio

My wife and I have 11 kids.

We been married more than 30 years.

We know lots of folks who have 5 or more children.

The problem is parents who send their kids to the government schools, where they are brainwashed into Democrats.


38 posted on 02/28/2013 10:15:12 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Kaslin

None of this is in the state curriculum the Texas Essential Knowldge and Skills (TEKS) so when the teacher says “it’s in the curriculum” the logical question is WHAT curriculum?
If she’s teaching in Texas she has to follow TEKS or she’s breaking the law.


39 posted on 02/28/2013 11:18:03 AM PST by Repulican Donkey
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To: mom.mom

Yeah, you could say that, but it’s what the left calls it


40 posted on 02/28/2013 12:46:47 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: basil

Fox News reported it a couple of days ago


41 posted on 02/28/2013 1:10:44 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and accept the quote from the principal that they were showing the “Islamic” side, and that he is accurately quoting the curriculum.

Thank you, Principal for clearing that up. Islamics consider it to be their heroic religous obligation to slaughter thousands of innocent people to advance their cause. Lesson learned.

Now can we get on with extirpating this execrable mob of bloodthirsty savages?


42 posted on 02/28/2013 1:22:03 PM PST by SargeK
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To: Kaslin

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.

What is more dangerous is telling our children lies. They are terrorist not freedom fighters. Their religion denies freedom.
This teacher should be fired an never allowed near children again


43 posted on 02/28/2013 1:58:58 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: basil

Yep and changing us into what they left behind.


44 posted on 03/01/2013 7:20:16 AM PST by bgill
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