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Texas Board of Education - Pro-Islamic, Anti-Christian Distortions’

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Texas Board of Education: History Textbooks ‘Tainted’ With ‘Gross Pro-Islamic, Anti-Christian Distortions’

SBOE is now deciding to dictate what students should learn about Islam.

A preliminary draft of the resolution states that “diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts” across the U.S. and that past social studies textbooks in Texas also have been “tainted” with pro-Islamic, anti-Christian views.

The resolution cites examples in past world history books – no longer used in Texas schools – that devoted far more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than to Christian beliefs and practices.[...]

The resolution states that pro-Islamic, anti-Christian half-truths, selective disinformation and false editorial stereotypes “still roil” some social studies textbooks nationwide, including “sanitized definitions of ‘jihad’ that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims … which undergirds worldwide Muslim terrorism.”

The resolution concludes with the warning to publishers that the “State Board of Education will look to reject future prejudicial social studies submissions that continue to offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world’s major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others.”

SBOE member Ken Mercer, who leads the conservative bloc, pushed to consider the resolution because he found that the textbooks’ “Islamic references are very positive to the point that it is whitewashed, while the references to Christianity are very negative.” Other board members charge that the resolution combats a sinister plot by “Middle Easterners” who “are investing in U.S. textbook companies to push their views.”

Some parents worry that the resolution will “prevent their kids from learning the facts.” Board member Pat Hardy, however, suggests that “the issue may be moot because none of the world history books cited by [the resolution] are still in use in Texas, having been replaced in 2003.”

And even if the resolution is adopted, “it would not bind future boards, which will choose the next generation of social studies textbooks within a few years.” SBOE’s conservative bloc also lost two of their own, including the resolution’s author, in March’s Republican primary and thus will be diminished when new members are seated next year. Still, the anti-Islam resolution may sway publishers as “Texas is one of the largest markets for school textbooks in the country,” and so “many publishers write the books using Texas standards, and then sell the same books to public schools in dozens of other states.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/09/16/texas-education-pro-islamic/#comments

Now that Algerbra and Maths have been deemed too "muslim" Texas can have more money to spend on new history books.

But really this is just too funny having just rewritten the slave trade as "Altantic trade circle" with all referances to slavery removed. Aparently they now have a problem with "whitewashing" of historical events.

And Texas is wonder why its SAT scores are plummenting.
 
clearly we should get rid of algebra, geometry, calculus, and arab numbers, cuz ARABS invented them
 
FriendlyFire said:
But really this is just too funny having just rewritten the slave trade as "Altantic trade circle" with all referances to slavery removed.

Well, I don't object to the use of the more formal "Tri-trade" in place of the "Atlantic Slave Trade" or the "Slave Trade" as the former is the academic norm and demonstrates that it was significantly more than just a trade in slaves (although that was certainly a major component of it). It is however rather silly to delete all references to slavery.

FriendlyFire said:
Now that Algerbra and Maths have been deemed too "muslim" Texas can have more money to spend on new history books.

I think there's grounds in some respect for Islamic thinking being given way too much credit viz. a viz. science. They were certainly important but, then again, the pendulum might well have swung to far. Suffice to say that it has been attracting a not insignificant amount of opprobrium from some scholars of science history.
 
In its battle against historical accuracy, the right-wing Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) decided to revamp the state’s social studies curriculum earlier this year, exchanging emphasis on the historical roles of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln with the roles of confederate leader Jefferson Davis and paranoid right-wing pundit Phyllis Schlafly. But “just when it appeared the State Board of Education was done with the culture wars,” SBOE is now deciding to dictate what students should learn about Islam.

Publishers should be required to imprint "bigot version" on the spine of any textbook which has been modified for sale in Texas.

 
Those damn mooslims!

First, they want the freedom to build their own house of worship.

Then, they complain when someone tries to burn their holy book.

And now they want to educate our youth?

Now it's personal :mad:
 
We should through all Arabic-rooted words out of the language too.

Goodbye, Almonds and Algebra. (Damn, this would be much funnier if we spoke Spanish :( )
 
Other board members charge that the resolution combats a sinister plot by “Middle Easterners” who “are investing in U.S. textbook companies to push their views.”

This sounds too much like some comedy.
 
I dislike american right, but it's not like they do not have some point in some cases. That seems to be one of them

The linked article is extremly biased and doesn't show their claims. I've googled it and here you are.

http://freemenow.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/prejudicial-social-studies-pro-islamicanti-christian-bias/

• Only devoting 120 student text lines to Christian beliefs, practices, and holy writings but devoting 248 (more than twice as many) to those of Islam.



• Dwelling for 27 student text lines on Crusaders’ massacre of Muslims at Jerusalem in 1099 yet censoring Muslims’ massacres of Christians there in 1244 and at Antioch in 1268. This implies that Christians are brutal and that Muslim loss of life is significant but Islamic cruelty and Christian deaths are not significant (see documentation in Appendix I-A).



• In another instance, 82 student text lines were allotted to Christian beliefs, practices, and holy writings but 159 (almost twice as many) were allotted to Islam. Crusaders’ massacres of European Jews were described yet the Muslim Tamerlane’s massacre of perhaps 90,000 coreligionists at Baghdad in 1401 was ignored. Also ignored was the massacre of perhaps 100,000 Indian POWs at Delhi in 1398. The medieval Christians were thrice charged with sexism and the Church was said to have “laid the foundations for anti-Semitism” (see documentation in Appendix I-B).



• In a third instance, 139 student text lines were spent on Christian beliefs, practices, and holy writings but a 176 text lines were spent on Islam. These Islamic text lines claimed that Islam “brought untold wealth to thousands and a better life to millions,” while stating that “because of [Europeans' Christian] religious zeal … many peoples died and many civilizations were destroyed.” This text also contrasted “the Muslim concern for cleanliness” with Swedes in Russia who were “the filthiest of God’s creatures” (see documentation in Appendix I-C); and,



WHEREAS pro-Islamic/anti-Christian half-truths, selective disinformation, and false editorial stereotypes still roil some Social Studies textbooks nationwide, to wit:



• Patterns of pejoratives towards Christians and superlatives toward Muslims, calling Crusaders aggressors, “violent attackers,” or “invaders” while euphemizing Muslim conquest of Christian lands as “migrations” by “empire builders” (see documentation in Appendix II);



• Politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization, indicting the latter for the same practices (e.g., sexism, slavery, persecution of out-groups) that they treat nonjudgmental, minimize, sugarcoat, or censor in the former (see documentation in Appendix II);



• Sanitized definitions of “jihad” that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims, even though Islamic sources often include these among proper meanings of the term, which undergirds current worldwide Muslim terrorism (see documentation in Appendix II); and,

(etc)

all these points are valid, if true.

Well everything save for calculus.

you are aware that arabic numbers are in fact hindu ones?
 
Doing long division in Roman numerals would be fun.

hmm

__
III)VI = 11

hmmmm....

------125
----(-----------
IV--|--D
-----IV
-------
-----X
------VIII
--------XX
--------XX
----------
--------N*

*Using N for nulla as Romans did not have 0.

Now that's just messed up.. :crazyeye:
 
No one remembers anything from the history classes here anyway.
 
Since when is any account of the Crusades telling of the massacres ofinnocent Muslim civilians by Christian knights 'Anti-Christian'? I'd have thought that it went against Christ to mkill another human being…
Anybody remember this?
It came up in the 'similar threads' space at the end of the page. :run:
 
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