Texas Board of Education Attacks Non-Existent Pro-Islamic Textbooks

Thursday, September 23, 2010
In an effort to remove what’s not really there, the Texas Board of Education wants to rid “pro-Islamic bias” from school textbooks that don’t contain such material.
“There’s a lot of people that think that, and I think rightfully so, that the key to terrorism comes from this jihad philosophy,” Randy Rives, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for the board, told the Texas media. “'We want to make sure there’s not something in our textbooks to influence our young people’s minds that takes them toward a path we don’t want them to go,” meaning jihad.
According to the Texas Freedom Network, the textbooks that conservatives claim contain “politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization” and “sanitized definitions of' jihad” haven’t been used in the state’s schools for seven years. Although current textbooks mention the atrocities committed by Christians during the Crusades, they also call attention to massacres carried out by Muslims led by Tamerlane
-Noel Brinkerhoff
A Claim of Pro-Islam Bias in Textbook (by James C. McKinley Jr., New York Times)


Brett Tomashek 13 years ago
Mr. Khan, I am an American living in Saudi Arabia, which, yes, is a "Muslim country" by law, and I certainly agree that life is extremely hard here for any non-Muslim. I, too, would like to see more tolerance here for non-Muslims, yet I don't see it happening any time soon. What I do see happening soon, however, is that legions of Muslims around the world will conclude that Americans, indeed, hate Islam, abandoning their long-held, earnest belief that the U.S. is a nation of tolerant toward all religions. By no means is Randy Rives a tolerant person. As like-minded people such as Sarah Palin continue gaining political power, I am afraid that tolerance for non-Christian minorities, especially Muslims, will become decidedly uncomfortable. The propaganda that scares me, Mr. Khan, is not that of the Muslims, but of Rives and his ilk.
khan 13 years ago
This is a welcome development. I came from a muslim dominated country where we continually faced persecution and brutality supported by government.when i see so much sugar-coated texts on islam, i wonder if americans have ever lived in muslim dominated countries and find out how hard life can be. THE MEDIA MUST STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH AND REPORT ATROCITIES COMMITTED AGAINST NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES THE SAME WAY THEY REPORT ACTIONS AGAINST MUSLIMS. IF WE DONT DO THIS NOW, THEY WILL TURN OUR CHILDREN AGAINST US THROUGH THESE PROPAGANDAS. MUSLIMS SHOULD TOLERATE MINORITY RELIGIONS THE SAME WAY THEY ARE TOLERATED!

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