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Posted on 05/09/2013 4:33:13 AM PDT by SJackson
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‘Bible Belt’ County Schools Promote Terrorism Against Jews?
Posted By Laurie Cardoza Moore On May 9, 2013 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments
The Holocaust did not happen in a vacuum. Germans and world leaders turned blind eyes to the growing anti-Semitism in Germany while Adolf Hitler incrementally executed his evil agenda. Despite annual reminders to never forget, schools across the United States, and specifically in the State of Tennessee, are once again oblivious to the anti-Semitic rhetoric that has infiltrated our schools.
One such community is Williamson County, Tennessee that sits in the belt-buckle of the Bible belt and is one of the 10 most influential conservative counties in the country. One must ask, how could this have happened in a region of the United States that is heavily populated by Evangelical Christians, including Christian educators?
In November 2012, a Williamson County parent was concerned over the content in her sons geography textbook for his AP Human Geography class. The passage in question is taken from “The Cultural Landscape Curriculum – An Introduction to Human Geography,” under the subject heading, “Why Has Terrorism Increased?”
The author states:
Distinguishing terrorism from other acts of political violence can be difficult. For example, “If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?” Competing arguments are made: Israels sympathizers denounce the act as a terrorist threat to the countrys existence, whereas advocates of the Palestinian cause argue that long-standing injustices and Israeli army attacks on ordinary Palestinian civilians provoked the act.
The Arab/Israeli conflict is used as an example of why terrorism is on the rise and the difficulty one has in distinguishing terrorism from acts of violence. The writer suggests through implication that the Palestinians are justified in murdering innocent Israelis because they have chosen terrorism as their legitimate right to wage war.
Although the author chose the Arab/Israeli conflict, why did he not use 9/11? After all, it is relevant to students understanding of the threat America faces in the global war on terrorism.
When applied, the same logic articulated in the textbook legitimizes terror attacks against Jews in Israel as a result of “political violence.” Were the 19 terrorists who attacked the U.S. in general, and Americans specifically, justified because of U.S. policies in the Middle East?
Regarding the recent bombing in Boston, were the terrorists involved justified in attacking innocent U.S. citizens at the Boston Marathon because of U.S. policies in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan?
Not only does the curriculum promote terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians, but it is factually inaccurate. The historic and archaeological evidence of the Jewish presence in the land of Israel dates back almost 4,000 years. Furthermore, the textbook defines Hezbollah and Hamas as “political organizations.” In fact, they are classified as terrorist groups by the U.S. State Department.
A situation arose last year when a high school student in Franklin, Tennessee began to question Israels legitimate rights to the land. Upon further questioning, the parents discovered that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was at the United Nations in New York City. The Franklin High School Human Geography teacher invited a guest speaker to the class to discuss the Middle East conflict on November 29, 2012, the same day as the UN’s vote on the Palestinian Authority’s non-member state status.
As a result of comments made by the guest speaker, the textbook, the teachers comments and additional handouts on the topic, the student assumed that Israel did not have a legitimate right to the land. The parent then questioned another student from the class who stated, If it werent for this class, we wouldnt know anything about the dangerous Zionist agenda.
The parents met with the Franklin High School faculty in December to present the concerns articulated in the curriculum and requested that the school take action by providing an alternative textbook that would offer factually accurate information. Not only were their requests denied, they were also insulted when the Williamson County superintendent of curriculum, Tim Gaddis, suggested they were bigots at the close of the meeting.
The Williamson County superintendent, Dr. Mike Looney, repeatedly stated that the parents are taking the quote in the textbook out of context. However, other Jewish and Christian leaders have also stated that the quote is unacceptable. For example:
Russell D. Moore, president-elect of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he uses provocative questions to help teach people how to wrestle through difficult questions and identify motives behind actions. He said, I use provocative case studies when teaching ethics. However, Moore said he believes the passage crosses a moral line beyond intellectual provocation. The [killing of] innocent civilian Israeli teenagers by terrorist groups is not a morally complex question, it is clearly evil, he said. This is compounded by the horrific anti-Semitic violence the world has seen over the last century. If I were a parent of a child in this school system, I would be upset also.
Mark S. Freedman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, stated:
It has come to our attention that a textbook currently being used by the Williamson County Schools seeks to balance acts of terror with legitimate political disputes. We are extremely concerned that Williamson County public school students are being led to believe that terrorist acts of Palestinian suicide bombers can be justified as wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies. In our view such a question should never have been asked in such an inappropriate manner, as is evidence in this textbook. To create moral equivalency between specific acts of terror and legitimate territorial disputes that are political in nature serves to legitimize wanton and pre-meditated violence against innocent civilian victims.
Arnold Cohen, Chair of the Knoxville Jewish Federation states:
Do not think that your child is protected if they are in a Christian or private school. This curriculum is being peddled to our children around the state and across this nation. Parents must take action and demand accountability of our educators to remove this type of biased curriculum from our elementary, junior and senior high schools, as well as our schools of higher learning.
The Holocaust did not happen in a vacuum, and in the words of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, “Indifference to evil is evil.”
Parents of students in Williamson County Schools are calling on the Williamson County School Board to remove the textbook in question and implement stricter guidelines with regard to the selection of curriculum in adherence to the highest achievement standards that parents expect for students in Williamson County.
Tax-paying citizens have made tremendous financial investments to send their children to Williamson County schools. Mistakes such as these are unacceptable. The public should expect nothing less than excellence from all schools and certainly from those employed to produce the next citizens of a free, fair and independent nation.
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It generally is conservative Republican territory, but I'm sure has its share of libs as well.
The Maryland Farms business district is there. It’s one of the longest stretches of suburban office complexes I’ve ever seen.
Good to know. I have family in Clarksville. Is this the same bailiwick where convention centers yield to Muslim pressure & disinvite speakers from counterjihad groups? Sounds like it isn’t that far from Murfreesboro & its mega mosque.
People who criticize the mega mosque have been called bigots too & if someone called me that in a public forum there would have been trouble. Wonder if there is a muzzie connection with the moral-equivalence curriculum?
No one I know in Clarksville takes the Tennessean anymore, it went off the deep end years ago.
Leftist dogma in the school Curriculum? It is happening everywhere in the US. It is part of the full court press of Cultural Marxism which is in its final stages in the US
That textbook has been mentioned before for controversial representations of conflicts between groups and nations. Any test book with the term "human geography" in its title is automatically suspect to me.
I call the Tennessean "Pravda on the Cumberland", but that's probably an unjustified slander against Pravda at this point!
Private and Home Schools do very well in Tennessee...........
Today’s Pravda in Moscow is giving us lectures on free enterprise & gun rights!
Nashville’s got lots of Somalis, footsoldiers for jihad in our midst. Who brought them here?
Does any FReeper know anything about the people identified by name in the article as supporting this morally-repugnant justification for terrorism? If they are teaching that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter and Zionism is racism, and holding their ground when the problem is brought to light, one can only wonder what other indoctrination is occurring there.
Truly, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and we are doing a miserable job of that.
I would imagine that most parents don’t read their childrens’ textbooks very often. Anything at all could be in there. I know there is less American history now than when I was in school. Politically, you know all these textbooks are published by libs, so...
Though it is richer than most
It votes 70% GOP though with more and more Kali and New York non southrons streaming in it will go down
The school board like most is more liberal than populace and stupid 25 year old girls from Ohio who seem to predominate teachers here just regurgitate what some fairy in DC or Nashville put in their lesson
I am unaware of this error but am not surprised.
I have heard teachers laud Che’ and constantly deem anything racist....
But this knife in question cuts both ways
Jews make up about 2/600 kids in schools
Hardly any down county
Maybe more up near Nashville and more suburban
Several years ago a Jewish couple from los Angeles got in a piss fit because it was called Christmas Break and threatened suit
School board of course bent over and spread them and now we call it Winter Break even though 99% of kids here are ostensibly Christian
Exact same cultural identity lady tried to have Confederate memorial years back too calling it racist
Nobody went for it....she left
Some folks have no manners or tolerance
If I marched into Monsey or North Miami beach I would be scorned too...rightfully so
All public depts here call it Christmas break
By cultural identity lady do you mean the author? That’s interesting. I’ve never quite understood the imperative to debase memorials or change school and street names.
That’s true, it’s my understanding this issue came up because of kids talking to their parents about what they’d “learned”. I wouldn’t be surprised if the speaker was as big an issue, or the teacher.
As a southerner we have been whipping boys since Harper Lee first laid pen.
Even before that really.
and its not just outsiders..
Morris Dees is one of us. I know his first cousin fairly well.
And so it goes, every group has traitors.
But this stuff is coming to everyone in time.
Latinos will attack Texas heritage soon enough is my guess and the Alamo will be treated like Gone With the Wind.
A situation arose last year when a high school student in Franklin, Tennessee began to question Israels legitimate rights to the land. Upon further questioning, the parents discovered that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was at the United Nations in New York City. The Franklin High School Human Geography teacher invited a guest speaker to the class to discuss the Middle East conflict on November 29, 2012, the same day as the UNs vote on the Palestinian Authoritys non-member state status. As a result of comments made by the guest speaker, the textbook, the teachers comments and additional handouts on the topic, the student assumed that Israel did not have a legitimate right to the land. The parent then questioned another student from the class who stated, If it werent for this class, we wouldnt know anything about the dangerous Zionist agenda.
This really has nothing to do with the particular geographic location of this school.
Textbooks are published, sold and distributed to many schools in many school districts across the country.
No matter how many schools have incidents reporting questions about the particular book in this article, I have no doubt it is being used in schools across the country.
This is not a “bible belt” issue.
It is an issue with & for all our schools.