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Update: Jenks school pulls film deemed Islamophobic

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The Oklahoma school that showed an Islamophobic video has pulled it from its shelves.

Jenks schools pulls film deemed Islamophobic

Tulsa World

Jenks Public Schools will no longer show a documentary film that suggests Islamic terrorists might have been behind the Oklahoma City bombing, after a complaint from a Muslim parent.

The History Channel film, “Conspiracy: Oklahoma City Bombing,” examines a variety of conspiracy theories about the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, which killed 168 people.

“We’re very happy about the decision,” said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which worked with the parent in filing the complaint.

“This was never about making things difficult for the school,” he said, “but about bringing to light the fact that we live in a more diverse society.”

Soltani and several Muslim parents of Jenks students met in May with administrators to express their concerns that the film could lead to confusion and misinformation, and also hostility toward students of Middle Eastern and Muslim background.

They were instructed to file a request to have the film reviewed by the school’s Materials Review Committee, which one of the parents did in June.

That committee rejected the request to remove the film, saying it was being used to teach students critical analysis.

CAIR-Oklahoma then worked with the parent to issue an appeal letter, Soltani said, and in a letter dated Aug. 5, the school said that a committee of district-level administrators had further reviewed the film, and decided to remove it from the collection in the Freshman Academy Media Center.

Jenks Public Schools did not immediately respond to requests for an interview.

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  • Iman

    Does any one here know a site where I can read the truth behind Oklahoma City bombing?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    The show was not critiquing conspiracy theories but rather promoting them as possible “alternatives.” http://www.loonwatch.com/2014/07/oklahoma-school-film-blames-muslims-for-oklahoma-city-bombing/

  • HSkol

    I’d say we have enough Alex Jones fans in this world – typically “brain-damaged” adults. Why on earth would we suggest such topics for the promotion of critical thinking skills upon young, still growing, impressionable minds? I think there’s nothing wrong with space aliens or the Yeti. This exercise – not so cool.

  • SarahAB

    It’s difficult to judge from this brief post whether the show was a critique of conspiracy theories (fine) or was promulgating conspiracy theories. By analogy, a programme examining antisemitic conspiracy theories as part of an analysis of speculation about 9/11 could be perfectly fine.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    They should do a “History of The History Channel and its journey in the footsteps of Jack and Jill”.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Ditto.

  • golden izanagi

    it went from having shows that make you go “oh wow this is interesting” to now having shows that cause you to scratch your head and ask “what the hell am I watching”

  • mindy1

    I know >:(

  • mindy1

    Yay for common sense

  • John Smith

    The History Channel has really gone downhill since I last watched it.

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