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Alabama Delays Approval of History Texts After Anti-Muslim Groups Complain They Promote Jihad

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Brigitte Gabriel

Hate for America strikes again.

Alabama Delays Approval of History Texts After Anti-Muslim Groups Complain They Promote Jihad

(RightWingWatch)

Alabama’s state board of education delayed an approval vote on 12 middle school history textbooks last week after the anti-Muslim groups Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT! For America claimed that the books promoted Islam over Christianity.

The Anniston Star reported that ACT’s Larry Houck found it an “insult” that the books said that “Jesus walked on the earth teaching his ideas”:

The board had planned to hear recommendations from a state committee that has spent months looking at possible textbooks for use in social studies classes. Superintendent Tommy Bice asked for a postponement after the groups Eagle Forum and ACT for America complained of alleged pro-Muslim and anti-Christian bias in 12 of the textbooks, all of which were produced by major textbook publishers. Most of the disputed textbooks were for seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

Larry Houck, president of ACT for America, said the books’ passages on Christianity implied doubt about the divinity of Jesus.

“They said ‘Jesus walked the earth teaching his ideas,'” Houck said. “That’s just an insult.”

Bice described the objections as “last-minute,” and said the board needs time to consider them. School officials supplied The Star with a packet of textbook reviews supplied by ACT for America and Eagle Forum, which was dated Dec. 4.

According to AL.com, Houck wrote in a letter to the school board that sections of the textbooks devoted to Islam had “more and better pictures” than those devoted to other religions, which he described as part of, in the words of the paper, “a non-violent Jihad in America that relies [on] Islamic influence over textbook publishers.”

Specific concerns raised by the groups in a letter sent Dec. 4 to school board members included that the books under reported the positive impacts of Christianity and failed to accurately represent the spread of Islam through violence.

“Islam was spread by the sword in most every case. The Muslims have killed millions in their 1,400-year history and enslaved millions more,” wrote Larry Houck, the founder of ACT! for America’s Birmingham chapter.

Houck said after the meeting he has been researching Islam since the Sept. 11 terror attacks and his goal is to tell Americans “what’s really going on,” describing a non-violent Jihad in America that relies Islamic influence over textbook publishers.

He also complained that the books dedicated more space to Islam and that sections on Islam usually have more and better photographs when compared to sections on Christianity and Judaism.

“Why is so much text devoted to Islam? It appears to be deliberate efforts to proselytize for Islam and this is dangerous for our younger generations?” Houck wrote to the school board.

AL.com provides a list of the challenged books, all of which are from major, mainstream textbook publishers. But many of them were included in a “report” that ACT released last year arguing that “the typical treatment of Islam” in the books “amounts more to indoctrination than to education.”

It’s not the first time ACT has led this kind of campaign. This summer, ACT convinced the school board of Brevard County, Florida, that its history textbooks were “flawed and biased on the subject of Islam.” In response, the board convened a “committee to provide supplemental material to counter-balance the textbook errors”…and invited an ACT! for America member to join the committee.

In a local news segment, a Brevard County school board member echoed the ACT report’s attacks on Shabbir Mansuri, head of the Institute on Religion and Civic Values, which works to include accurate information about Islam in social science textbooks. ACT has a long history of clashing with Mansuri – in 2009, the group tried to get the lease for his office space canceled.

In 2011, we reported on that ACT was encouraging parents to ask, “Is your child’s classroom becoming a recruiting ground for Islam?”

Speaking to a Jacksonville, Florida, church in February, ACT’s Brigitte Gabriel cited an excerpt from a social studies course on Islam to claim, “What we are seeing in public schools today is basically the talking points of our enemies being fed to our sixth and seventh graders in the name of diversity and multiculturalism, teaching them about religion.”

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  • Awesome

    I think the objection may come from the phrase “his ideas”, because it implies that Jesus’ teachings are only the result of his own thinking and reasoning (rather than an absolute truth), which somehow implies that he is less than divine.

    The reality, however, is that it is simply ambiguous on the issue. For Mr. Houck, he is either being unnecessarily pedantic about the issue, or he simply wants to be said in a more favorable way towards his beliefs. However, to show favoritism to a particular doctrine of a particular branch of Christianity in a history book would go against the secular standards on which it receives public funding.

  • jameyfan

    It’s apparent that she will sell her soul for money. Do these people realize that they can’t take money with them when they’re dead?! What kind of legacy are they leaving behind? It’s pathetic!

  • Guess

    Well, according to the founder, Monsieur le Président Larry Houck, it is “an insult” to say Jesus ever set foot on earth to teach, quote : the books’ passages on Christianity implied doubt about the divinity of Jesus. “They said ‘Jesus walked the earth teaching his ideas,’” Houck said. “That’s just an insult.”

    According to Mr Houck, I guess a great number of Christians are “blaspheming” too, since they see no contradiction in their faith between Jesus divinity, and the fact he “walked the earth teaching his ideas”. He better pray not to be caught with a crucifix, and a white, blond, blue-eyed guy with angelic features lying on it.

  • Guess

    And here’s how yet once again Reza Aslan set straight the loonies of Faux-News 🙂

    Reza Aslan on Jesus’s skin color: ‘Megyn Kelly is right. Her Christ is white’

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/12/reza-aslan-on-jesuss-skin-color-megyn-kelly-is-right-her-christ-is-white/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

  • Amie

    Isn’t Brigitte ugly, or what?! Ok, I am not a looker but she is ugly. Perhaps her hatred towards all Muslims and Islam emanates from her in a physical manner as well. Anyway, this woman comes from a war zone. She is a war child and most of her life it was the Muslims her people fought against. Being a victim of war myself, I can see where some of her views and hatred comes from. Unfortunately, she is one of the many victims of wars who are unable to see larger picture and instead get caught in the endless cycle of hate, hate, hate.

  • mindy1

    the stupid, it hurts

  • rookie

    Well, since you mentioned “White Jesus”, here is more lunacy and racism from fauxnews:

    Jesus was white:

  • The greenmantle

    She sells fear and over simplistic solutions to those who dont want to know whats really going on .
    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    I have been thinking about what MS Gabriel has said . Basically this is also an attack on the public education system in the USA . In this she has a similar agenda to Pammy .
    The dominionest attack on education I suspect is because they dont like what is taught in public schools as its not “there ” type of religion . There solution 1promote home schooling 2 make the public schools so bad people will want to send thier children to private schoolds run by dominionists
    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    I’m confused . How can you have better pictures of Islam ?
    I know pictures or represtations of God and Mohammed are forbidden in Islam ( even though Mohammed had a beard) In Chritianity representations of God and Christ ( er … or are they the same ) are forbidden but everyone has one if they want and in most churches ( surprisingly they all agree its some white bloke with a beard ) even though we have no clues as to what they look like .
    Sir David

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    This is just a back door effort to for Christians to get more ‘White Jesus’ into American textbooks.

  • Rights

    Brigitte Gabriel practices anti-Muslim and anti-Islam lunacy of the first order. Against Muslims and Islam, she is a maestro hate-monger. Clearly she wants to educate America on the lines of her lunacy. I am wholly unable to explain why this woman’s ideas are marketable.

  • golden izanagi

    so something in a textbook is more of a pressing concern to these idiots then things like bullying you know something that actually affects schools.

  • Guess

    “He also complained that the books dedicated more space to Islam and that sections on Islam usually have more and better photographs when compared to sections on Christianity and Judaism.”

    It is repulsive to see anti-Muslim paranoid hate groups using Christianity and Judaism faiths to pit them against Islam.

  • yusuf islam

    yeah, i’ve meet trevor. so let me ask you this. was abscam entrapment? so if someone agrees to kill people at the behest of others, there is no blame on that person?

  • mindy1

    They are listening to these people for what reason?!?!?!?

  • mindy1

    let’s hope not :((

  • The greenmantle

    Next these people will want to burn books and then they Will want to burn people

    Sir David

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