A public school history textbook in Volusia County, Florida caused controversy because — you guessed it — it contained a nice big fluffy chapter on Islam, and none on any other religion. The Volusia school board scheduled a public meeting last night to discuss the issue, and then suddenly cancelled it due to an unspecified threat.
The board will reschedule the meeting at some future date, but will it be announced in advance? Or will they slip it in quickly and quietly one night, hoping to get the textbook approved and in place with a minimum of fuss from those pesky “Islamophobic” parents?
Below are two videos about the situation in Volusia County. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this news report from a local TV station:
And this supplemental raw video footage:
This is not an isolated controversy. All over the country, the soft-balling of Islam in school textbooks has become a public issue. Brevard County Public Schools — also in Florida — are using the same book, which refers to Mohammed as the “messenger of God”:
School officials in Florida are defending a textbook that declares Muhammad as the “Messenger of God” after critics accused an Islamic education group of launching a stealth jihad in American public school classrooms.
The Prentice World History textbook being used in Brevard Public Schools includes a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism.
According to a copy obtained by Fox News, The ninth grade textbook declares that Muhammad is the “Messenger of God” and instructs students that jihad is a duty that Muslims must follow.
A similar discussion has arisen about the way certain Muslim textbooks present other religions. The following newsletter from the Tennessee Council for Political Justice describes a textbook written Yahiya Emerick and used by the Anoor Academy, which is a private school — these books are not (yet) being used in state schools:
Watch Knoxville Anoor Academy’s 2013 promo video carefully and at minute 1:04 you see a row of textbooks which are Yahiya Emerick’s What Islam Is All About. As noted in Newsletter #43 this text is being used in any number of Islamic private and weekend schools around the U.S. According to Emerick, this book was written in standard English to teach Muslim children living in the U.S. about Islam.
Since the textbook is being used at Anoor Academy, what is the likelihood that it is also being used at the Nashville International Academy Islamic School and the Pleasant View School in Memphis?
Below are just a few examples from this textbook and note, nothing is taken out of context. The book generally reinforces Islam as a supremacist ideology and dovetails well with the anti-Christian/Jewish prayer Al-Fatihah recited by Muslims several times a day. This is discussed more fully in Newsletter #48.
Cited pages can be found under the “Documents” tab on the blog.
p. 187 — I. Who Follows Ibrahim’s Example?
“So, although the Christians and Jews may make a big noise about following Prophet Ibrahim, in fact, neither of them do. Prophet Ibrahim fulfilled Allah’s commands, the Jews don’t even follow half of what their corrupted books say. The Christians don’t follow anything except what their philosophers and priests make up from time to time.”
p. 188 — “Prophet Ibrahim called all people to Allah’s way of life. The ‘Jews’ don’t call anybody to anything. They subscribe to a belief in racial superiority calling themselves the ‘chosen’ ones and excluding non-Jews as much as possible. Their religion even teaches them to call down curses upon the worship places of non-Jews whenever they pass by them! They arrogantly refer to anyone who is not Jewish as ‘Gentiles,’ equating them with sin.”
“Prophet Ibrahim told people to do good and he forbade the wrong. Many ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ Jews and Christians lead such decadent and immoral lives that lying, alcohol, nudity, pronography, racism, foul language, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and everything else are accepted in their society, churches and synagogues. Just turn on the television in any Jewish or Christian community and see what’s ‘normal.’”
p.212 — “What was the mission of Bani Isra’il? To call surrounding nations to the worship of Allah and to be an example to others. Did they fulfill this responsibility? Unfortunately, no.”
“In about the year 900 BCE, They started calling themselves, Jews after one of their kingdoms which was called Judah.
Today, the Jews claim to follow the legacy of the Prophet Musa, but they fall far short of his example. They claim they are Allah’s chosen people but then refuse to give the message to others. ‘They claim, Everything will be forgiven for us.’
They follow laws and practices that no Prophet or Messenger ever taught. They earned the wrath of Allah for their disobedience and as Allah said: there will be enemies who will attack them until the Day of Judgment unless they repent and return to the path.
Nothing of Prophet Musa’s original message survives today. Only a few of the descendants of Bani Isra’il have remained pure and in search of the truth. Those who are fortunate, discover Islam and study it with an open heart. Then they become our Muslim brothers and sisters. Only then do they follow in the footsteps of the Blessed Prophet Musa.”
p. 223 — “Many societies have placed a smaller value on the participation of women in spiritual life. The descendants of the Bani Isra’il, who we know as the Jews, also have such feelings. They even have a prayer in which a man thanks God for not making him a woman!”
p.366 — “Allah says in this ayah not to take non-Muslims as protectors. Only fellow Muslims you can rely on should have authority or power over you. Because in the end, a non-Muslim who knows you, and who doesn’t accept Islam, is a rebel against Allah’s way of life and will harm you in the end or try to make you like him or her.
p. 377 — “Muslims dream of establishing the power of Islam in the world. Muslims of all types and backgrounds agree that the Islamic system is the best for humanity in this life.”
p.381 — “The way of life known as Islam is a complete code of life. It was revealed by the Creator of the Universe as a guide for people to live their lives thereby.
This being the case, Islam provides answers for individuals, families as well as societies and governments. There is no separation of Masjid and state for the object of the Islamic state is the establishment of the Deen of Allah.
By contrast, the object of Christian countries is the dominance of their nations over others and the gathering of riches (‘Survival of the fittest’ and ‘MIght makes right’ are their mottoes.”)
Muslims know that Allah is the Supreme Being in the universe, therefore, His laws and commandments must form the basis for all human affairs. If we didn’t follow Allah’s commandments, but then still called ourselves Muslims, we would be hypocrites like the Christians, Buddhists and Jews are today.”
“The basis of the legal and political system is the Shari’ah of Allah. Its main sources are the Qur’an and Sunnah. People do not make the laws, Allah does.
p.382 — “Non-Muslims (who are called Dhimmis when living in an Islamic state) who are loyal citizens of the country and pay their taxes (Jizyah) have equal rights with Muslims and have the right to practice their religion as they see fit. No one can be persecuted and no one will be forced to change their beliefs.
In fact, the historians of the world recognize that Islamic civilization has been the most tolerant and fair out of all the world’s civilizations.”* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
So when Sheikh Yasir Qadhi in Memphis asserts that Christians and Jews are spiritually “filthy” and Hamas-CAIR Director Dawud Walid tells his audience that the Jews incurred the wrath of Allah, they are simply reinforcing what young Islamists are being taught in Islamist schools.
And why should anyone be surprised that American Center for Outreach (ACO) Director Remziya Suleyman endorses these men, these schools and the supremacist doctrine taught to budding Islamists?
And don’t forget that repeat visitor to Nashville, Zaid Shakir, tells students “If Islam is the basis, the kafir [non-believer] won’t be equal with the Muslim. The Christian or the Jew will be a dhimmi [second-class citizen]. They won’t be equal with the Muslim.”
Perhaps this textbook could be the topic of Rabbi Schiftan’s next “honest dialogue” with Imam Bahloul a the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. And to all the other Rabbis, Pastors, Ministers, and religious school instructors, consider that these are the same students that participate in the “Sons and Daughters of Abraham.”
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