Houston Textbooks with Islamist Agenda?

Thanks to Dhimmi Watch for this important update:

Seventh-grade textbook: three chapters on Islam, a paragraph each on other religions

Clearly a textbook with an agenda — but an agenda that far too few people even recognize as such.

“Too much time on teachings of Islam? Parents say seventh-grade textbook at Houston Elementary inappropriate,” by Amanda Dyer in the Lodi News-Sentinel (thanks to Pamela):

The parents of children at Houston Elementary School plan to complain to the school board about concerns they have with a seventh-grade history textbook, which they feel pays an undue amount of attention to the teachings of Islam.When Jim Self asked his son last week what he was learning in school, he was surprised to hear his 12-year-old boy say that he was learning about the Prophet Muhammad.

That night Jim Self and his wife, Korina, flipped through their son’s textbook, “History Alive!: The Medieval World and Beyond,” and found at least three chapters dedicated to the Islamic faith, including an entire chapter dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad.

Since then, the couple has started a campaign to remove the textbook from their child’s classroom. The book is used in classrooms throughout the district.

“I don’t think we would have an issue about it if (it wasn’t so) in-depth,” said Jim Self, who fought in Iraq as a Marine from 2003 to 2004.

Among the Selfs’ concerns about the textbook is its definition of the word “jihad,” which is described in the book as “the human struggle to overcome difficulties and do things that would be pleasing to God.”

Other concerns stem from a passage on page 86 of the textbook, which quotes the angel Gabriel’s words to the Prophet Muhammad.

The Selfs said the textbook mentioned Jesus only twice, and other major religions were only given a paragraph of explanation.

One of the Selfs’ biggest concerns, though, is that such detailed explanation of Islam is a violation of the separation of church and state.

2 Responses to “Houston Textbooks with Islamist Agenda?”

  1. zari namdar Says:

    I WAS BORN IN IRAN AS A MUSLIM IN 1960.I LIVED UNDER THE DARK SHADOW OF ISLAM FOR MANY YEARS!I CAME TO UNITED STAES OF AMERICA FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY,IN1978.I WANTED TO BE LIKE AN AMERICAN ARTIS.I WANT THE WHOLE GLOBE TO KNOW;I CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA. IN ISLAM THE HIGHEST SIN ,IS TO CONVERT.TODAY IF I STEP FOOT IN IRAN AFTER 30 YEARS ,I WILL BE EATHER STONNED TO DEATH OR BEHEADED!MY FATHER {AMBASSADOR MOSTAFA NAMDAR}FROM THE ROYAL PAHLAVI REGIME,HAD TO ESCAPE ,10 NIGHTS AND DAYS DURING WINTER TIME ,ON FOOT,VIA ARRARAT MOUNTAINS.THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN TORTURED AND KILLED MANY OF MY COUSINS AND FRIENDS!TODAY I AM A PROUD AMERICAN.I GAVE MY UGLY ISLAMIC R OF IRAN’S CITIZENSHIP BACK .IT IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE ,UNDER THE POLITICS SECTION. http://www.zarinamdar.com . IF IRANIAN AMERICANS ARE SINCERE THEY MUST CHOOSE AMERICA!AND THROW THEIR IRANIAN PASSPORT IN THE TRASH!WE MUST STOP ALL THESE ISLAMIC CULTURE FORCING UPON US!IN THE WEST WE CAN SIT IN ANY CHURCH,JEWISH AND BUDHIST TEMPLE ,AND ENJOY THE MOMENT!AND IN THE MOSQUE?IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES OTHER FAITHS CANNOT MULTIPLY AND BUILD NEW CHURCHES AND TEMPLES!IN THE USA AND CANADA MOSQUES AND ISLAMIC CENTERS ARE MULTIPLYING LIKE HOT CAKES.MY DEAR AMERICANS WE MUST TAKE GREAT EFFORT TO STOP THE ISLAMIC CULTURE TO BE PART OF OUR GREAT NATION OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM! SINCERLY ZARI NAMDAR: A ZIONIST AMERICAN ARTIST.

  2. A Muslim Says:

    Why Madarasa(s) are bad for world?

    They only teach one subject, that is memorize the Quran without any understanding of it. Unfortunate side is that these Madarasa(s) in America do not cover any moderen education. These Madarasas(s) need to be revamped to include a full set of studies, like Maths, Language, Language Arts, History, Sciences etc. These Madarasa(s) must employ teachers from all standard walks of life like a public or private schools. And must include complete Transaltion of the Quran in an language of understanding. If these Madarasa(s) do not follow similar guidelines as do the public shools follow then these Madarasa(s) should be closed.


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