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Islam In California Public Schools.
EWTN ^ | 1/31/02 | Allan Dobras

Posted on 01/31/2002 8:48:51 AM PST by marshmallow

“We could never teach Christianity like this. We can’t even mention the name of Jesus in the public schools.”
—Elizabeth Lemings, 7th grade teacher

California public schools — the nation’s largest public school system — have introduced an intermediate school curriculum that gives a special and preferential status to Islam while relegating Christianity to a position among — if not below — Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism.

Historical revisionists have long misinterpreted the religious freedom clause of the First Amendment to keep Christian values out of public institutions. Apparently, these successes have emboldened some academicians to go beyond teaching humanism and to promote other alternative religious faiths.

Memorizing the Koran Seventh-grade children in Byron, California, were given special assignments in Islam that included faith-related role-playing, according to a special report to ASSIST News Service (ASN) by author and educator Rev. Austin Mile. The story received wider national publicity after being reported by WorldNetDaily.com.

Rev. Miles wrote, “As children return to school this week, following the Christmas break, 7th graders in a growing number of [California] public schools, who are not permitted to wear a cross or speak the name of Jesus, will be required to attend an intensive, three-week course on Islam; a course in which students are mandated to learn the tenets of Islam, study the important figures of the faith, wear a robe, adopt a Muslim name and stage their own Jihad.”

Rev. Miles reported, “Parents were outraged when students came home with their handouts and were told what was being taught. Their complaints to the school principal not only were ignored, but officials of this public school, funded by tax dollars, essentially fluffed them off.”

A 7th grade teacher, Elizabeth Lemings, said she was “totally in the dark” about the new curriculum until her son, Joseph, who is a 7th grader in the same school where she teaches, brought home the handouts. In an on-site interview with ANS, Lemings said, “We could never teach Christianity like this. We can’t even mention the name of Jesus in the public schools, but over there [pointing to the building next to hers], ”they teach Islam as the true religion, and students are taught about Islam and how to pray to Allah.“

The handouts used in this course were obtained by ANS and were reported to include a history of Islam and the life of its founder, Muhammad. Rev. Miles said the handouts require students to memorize 25 Islamic terms and six Islamic phrases. Students are also asked to learn 20 Islamic Proverbs, the Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith, and to be familiar with 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples.

Mrs. Lemings told ACN, “Can you imagine the barrage of lawsuits and problems we would have from the ACLU if Christianity were taught in the public schools, and if we tried to teach about the contributions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Apostle Paul? But when it comes to furthering the Islamic religion in the public schools, there is not one word from the ACLU, People For The American Way or anybody else. This is hypocrisy!”

In role-playing the Muslim faith, students were asked to wear Muslim clothing to school, stage their own Jihad via a dice game, and pick out a Muslim name (to replace their own) from a list of 30.

When Mrs. Lemings reportedly asked the principal of Intermediate-Excelsior School of Byron, Nancy Castro, if she could teach Christianity in the manner that Islam is taught and for the same length of time, Lemings was advised it would have to be after hours as a Christian club — and voluntary. Castro informed her that to do otherwise would be a violation of the separation of church and state.

State Officials Deny Pushing Islam

Roger Wolfertz, deputy general counsel for the California Department of Education, told The Contra Costa Times that state law forbids the Islamic history instruction from indoctrinating students in Islam.

“The law allows districts to teach about religion as long as they don't advocate or indoctrinate it or teach students how to pray. That is a provision of the law,” Wolfertz said.

Tom Adams, administrator for curriculum framework at the California Education Department, told The Contra Costa Times that the Islam curriculum “should not be construed as an endorsement” of Islam.

“State guidelines [for 7th grade] do include a unit on Islamic civilization in the medieval world,” Adams said. “However, it should be an academic approach on the historical significance of the religion,” adding that individual teachers and school districts can create their own lesson plans based on the state guidelines.

According to the Times, Adams said “there is nothing in the state curriculum that would call for” an assignment such as memorizing Islamic proverbs.

Principal Shrugs Off Complaints

In a January 12 interview with reporter Kelli Phillips of The Contra Costa Times, Castro defended the school’s policy, saying the school is following state guidelines on the study of ancient civilizations, not promoting Islam.

“We're teaching the California standard, which is written out in detail on the state education department's Web site. Every school in California is teaching this curriculum; if people have a problem they need to take it up with the state. … Students learn about Hinduism, Christianity and other religions. They're learning about ancient cultures and what their beliefs were.” [emphasis added]

In response to an earlier question, Castro told ANS that Christianity is already taught in the History and Culture class, which she said starts in the 6th grade. However, ANS reviewed the 6th grade materials and reported a disturbing bias. “Islam is presented broadly in a totally positive manner, whereas the restricted references to Christianity are centered on The Reformation, Martin Luther and The Catholic Church. Everything Christian is shown in a negative light, with events such as the Inquisition, the Salem witch-hunts, etc., highlighted in bold, black type.”

In contrast, the textbooks duck discussions of the cruelties and intolerance exhibited by Islam over the centuries such as forced conversions, massacres, persecution of Christians and Jews, denial of religious freedom, draconian criminal penalties, and the oppression of women. There is no discussion of the absence of liberty — and harassment of non-Muslim religions — in most Muslim-dominated countries today.

Whitewashing Islam’s History

The publisher of the materials used by the California schools is the Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company, a major provider of children’s textbooks and fiction. Summaries, outlines, and lesson plans for the books used in the Byron schools are readily available on the Internet and were reviewed by this writer. My reading of the material confirms the conclusions reached by ANS that the resources are biased, unbalanced, and clearly tilted away from the Christian perspective.

Although it is not feasible to include major portions of the resource material in this article, readers can visit the Houghton Mifflin Web site to examine course summaries, outlines and lesson plans. You can find the 6th grade materials (A Message of Ancient Days) at http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/6/index.html and 7th grade materials (Across the Centuries) at http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/7/index.html.

Across the Centuries (7th grade) is made up of 18 chapters covering historical events from the dawn of the Roman Empire to the American Revolution. There are no chapter lessons devoted to Christianity, but Islam is comprehensively and favorably covered in two chapters, five lessons, and one unit activity. The unit activity covers the “Growth of Islam” and includes a lesson on the Crusades, which has a distinct Muslim bias.

A Message of Ancient Days (6th grade), which includes the Christian material alluded to by Miss Castro, is made up of 15 chapters covering the ancient Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures up to the fall of Rome. There are no chapters dealing exclusively with Christianity, but lessons in Chapters 10 and 15 include certain Christian perspectives that lightly outline the faith. At best, they are incomplete and misleading. Unlike the coverage of Islam, there are no unit activities devoted to Christianity. The teachings of Jesus are covered in little more than a footnote, yet lessons on Buddhism and Confucianism comparatively lavish praise on the faith of their founders.

Muslims Pleased

Not surprisingly, the Muslim community has reacted favorably to the California program. A report entitled Effects of Curriculum Reform in California on the Treatment of Islam in World History Textbooks, prepared by Dr. Gulnur Tanriogen for the International Islamic University Research Centre, said:

The results of this study showed that Islam receives more comprehensive and more accurate treatment in the California adopted textbook on world history than it did in textbooks accepted before 1989 when California's new standards were adopted. The findings of the content analysis demonstrate that the history and culture of Islam were not well developed in any of the textbooks except the 7th grade Houghton Mifflin text (Across the Centuries) which was adopted in 1990. … The Houghton Mifflin text was judged significantly superior in its treatment of Islam to all non-adopted texts.“ [emphasis added]

The deconstruction of Christian influence in America’s public institutions has been going on for some time, but has greatly accelerated in recent years. Christmas has become “winter holiday,” Easter is now “spring break,” and any mention of “Christ” or “Jesus” (unless expressed as a curse word) is enough to bring charges of a violation of church and state. Negative, if not blasphemous, representations of Christianity in art and media are commonplace. The overt promotion of Islam in California public schools, utilizing a biased series of textbooks, is clear evidence that social revolutionaries are pressing their war against Christianity and family values to a new level.

The Culture and Family Institute of Concerned Women for America


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The ACLU is too busy to handle this trivia.

There is a serious case of praying before meals that needs their attention.

1 posted on 01/31/2002 8:48:51 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Either allow ALL religeons access to the schools (Islamic, Buddist, Satanic, Christian, Jewish, etc, etc) or allow none. Freedom of religeon not only allows believers to worship as they see fit (legally, and as long as they do not hurt someone else), it protects those who do not believe in a particular religeon, the protection of not being forced to participate in a religeous belief different from their own.
2 posted on 01/31/2002 8:54:14 AM PST by Hodar
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To: marshmallow
Or a small cross on a mountaintop somewhere....
3 posted on 01/31/2002 8:54:26 AM PST by 07055
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To: marshmallow
From the people that brought the Nation Johnny Taliban!
4 posted on 01/31/2002 9:27:59 AM PST by Destructor
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To: marshmallow
Children are not allowed to wear crosses in California schools? Teachers wear them in AZ schools; it's called the First Amendment!!!
5 posted on 01/31/2002 9:40:36 AM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: marshmallow
The religion of peace.

(Koran 8:12) "Remember Thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the believers, I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them."

(Koran 2:216)"Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that you hate a thing which is good for you and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, you knew not."

(Koran 69:30-37) "It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. You desire the lure of this world and Allah desires for you the hereafter and Allah is Mighty, Wise.. Now enjoy what you have won as lawful and good and keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is forgiving, merciful."

(Koran 69:30-37)"(It will be said) Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. And then insert him in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits. Lo! he used not to believe in God the tremendous, and urged not on the feeding of the wretched. Therefore hath he no lover hear this day nor any food save filth which none but sinners eat."

(Koran 5: 33-34)"The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet and alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom; Save those who repent before ye overpower them. For know that Allah is forgiving, merciful."

(Koran 22: 19-22)"These twain (the believers and the disbelievers) are two opponents who contend concerning their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them, boiling fluid will be poured down their heads. Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; And for them are hooked rods of iron. Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning."

(Koran 76: 4) "Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers chains, yokes and a blazing fire."

6 posted on 02/01/2002 6:22:31 AM PST by angkor
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To: marshmallow
They need to handle that meal-prayer case right after they protect a man's right to rape a little boy...
7 posted on 10/09/2003 1:22:05 PM PDT by jcb8199
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To: marshmallow
Bump
8 posted on 10/09/2003 1:56:41 PM PDT by Kay Soze (Democrats’ life philosophy is so flawed they need my money to make their lives work.)
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To: Hodar
Our governing elites will never allow majority religions to be taught in government schools, and -- whatever may be the case with Islam -- will never allow their own essentially established quasi-religion of scientistic secular humanism not to be taught.

The obvious solution is to shut down the government schools, or at least for parents to take their own children out of them.

9 posted on 10/09/2003 2:01:35 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
You caught me 'unawares' as I wrote my post about 9 months ago...

Unfortunately, you are correct. The people's republic of California has classes on Islam and Arabic Studies where children are taught the Quoran, jihad, and the other cultures ..... but heaven forbid someone mention Christ on Christmas.
10 posted on 10/09/2003 2:13:46 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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