The following is quoted from an article appearing in The Washington Times , January 18, 2008 by Diana West.
“And not just blasphemy laws. Jihad doctrine; Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam”.
This statement hit home as just this evening my daughter was describing her global history class. She commented on the fact that Islam was studied for several weeks. A handout she received states, “We are so accustomed to regard our culture as essentially that of the West that it is difficult for us to realize that there was an age when the most civilized region of Western Europe was Islamic Spain. Western culture grew up under the shadow of the more advanced civilisation of Islam, and it was from the Muslims that mediaeval Christendom recovered its share in the inheritance of Greek science and philosophy”. Do you understand the idea behind this statement? Our western culture has been in a few words destroyed and usurped by the civilized Islamic Spain.
I asked her if there was any mention of what Islamic Law was, the violence that surrounded the establishment of Islam, the lack of rights for women, treatment of homosexuals, honor killings. Her response was astounding. She said, “of course not, it’s all P.C., Islam was and is glorious and Christianity was discussed in terms of the barbaric Crusades.” Judaism was covered in one period. They learned about the Ten Commandments and were given a map of Israel from the year 1000B.C., labeled, “Hebrew Palestine” even though there were no Palestinians before 1967 and the name did not come into being until the Romans renamed Israel in order to humiliate them.
In schools these days, this is the history our children are being taught. In some schools Islam is taught for many more weeks. We are receiving reports of students coloring in prayer rugs, building mosques, memorizing parts of the Koran, and re-enacting the politics between the Israelis and Palestinians. There is no balance. All aspects of the the subject in question are not taught. Children are taught that Islam is a peaceful religion. Yes, there are aspects of the Koran that teach peace. However the Koran also preaches hate, violence, and death. Is that being taught? No, absolutely not. Revisionist history is the curriculum for today’s students. What ever happened to the much vaunted “critical thinking” that educators keep stressing? What kind of critical thinking can there be if the entire picture isn’t revealed?
The Khalil Gibran International Academy’s is partnering with the Arab-American Anti-Defamation Committee. It is the first organization listed on the NYCDOE website for KGIA. Take a look at their education page. According to their information much of what we attribute to Western civilization is a result of Islam. [http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=203] History has taken a u-turn and no one is paying attention.
Oh and by the way, Christianity was discussed sporadically. They learned about the barbaric Crusades, persecution of the Jews, and the expansion of Christian Europe which included the long struggle against Muslim rule. No mention of beheadings, Dhimmi status, or the jizya tax for non-Muslims.
Every parent must ask their children what they are learning in school. Look at their homework, the textbooks, and class notes. Please write to us if you find anything going on in your child’s school you feel is inappropriate. We can help you. Children are suppose to learn about the world religions, not be taught the religions. However they must be taught all of it, the positive and negative. As Diana West writes, there is a “P.C. ignorance of Islamic Law.” I think my daughter understood the real lesson.
Following is the entire article:
http://washingtontimes.com/article/20080118/EDITORIAL04/280469968/1013/EDITORIAJanuary 18, 2008
By Diana West – Mazir-i-sharif.Ring a bell? In 2001, a 32-year-old Marine captain and CIA officer named John Micheal Spann was killed there in a prison riot, thus becoming the first American combat death in Afghanistan. Not incidentally, Spann, before violence broke out, had interrogated an uncooperative John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban. This all took place before the United States military completely toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban oppressors.Nearly seven years later, American-liberated Mazir-i-sharif has again made headlines — well, one or two — as the site of the prison where a 23-year-old Afghan journalist has been detained for three months (and counting) on blasphemy charges. These charges derive, Reuters reports, from Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh “distributing an article which said Prophet Mohammed had ignored the rights of women.” As President Bush might say… well, what might President Bush say: Let freedom reign?Then there’s Halabja.Remember Halabja? The name is notorious for being the town where in 1988, 15 years before Operation Iraqi Freedom, Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurdish civilians to death. This month, American-liberated Halabja made headlines as the site of the court that sentenced a Kurdish author in absentia to six months in prison for blasphemy: namely, for writing in a book that Mohammed had 19 wives, married a nine-year-old when he was 54, and took part in murder and rape. (These points, Robert Spencer notes at jihadwatch.com, “can be readily established from early texts written by pious Muslims.”) The author, Mariwan Halabjaee, who has asylum in Norway, says there’s also a fatwa calling for his death unless he asks forgiveness.Think about it. Where Americans have died, not just to de-fang jihadist threats but to “democratize” Islamic populations, freedom of speech is against the law. And not the law according to “militants,” or “extremists,” but the law as enforced by democratically elected governments that we, as a nation, support with everything we’ve got. What would Mr. Bush say to that?I doubt he’d know what to say. Neither, for that matter, would anyone in his cabinet, starting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Nor, I doubt, would the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen. Nor — to open things up — would the presidential candidates, the Fox News All-Stars or Simon Cowell. The fact is, to discuss blasphemy laws in Afghanistan and Iraq (Kurdistan, even) is to discuss Islam — specifically, its laws and doctrines. And we, as a politically correct people, don’t know how to do that. Instead, we act as though they don’t exist.And not just blasphemy laws. Jihad doctrine; Shariah (Islamic law); designs for a global caliphate through jihad (terrorism) and the spread of Shariah (Islamization): We pretend they are not factors in the free world’s experience with Islam.We certainly don’t discuss their implications for the freeness of the world. Look at what passes for “debate” among our presidential candidates: Republicans argue over who supported “the surge” first; Democrats argue over who will withdraw troops first.Such resolute blindness on Islam probably explains the institutional apathy— including (with few exceptions) conservative apathy — on the termination of Pentagon analyst Maj. Stephen Coughlin, which I wrote about last week. The military’s primary expert on Islamic law, Mr. Coughlin was reportedly fired at the behest of a highly placed Pentagon aide named Hesham Islam whom Steven Emerson has since thumb-nailed as “an Islamist with a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bent.” Thankfully, Rep. Sue Myrick of the bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism Caucus is considering action, but there is little public sense that this outrage of a story is happening to us as a nation.
But it’s something that should deeply concern Americans, particularly as a nation with soldiers under arms. Mr. Coughlin’s meticulously researched legal brief not only links Islamic law to Islamic terrorism, but also demonstrates the professional negligence involved in ignoring Islamic law when devising strategies against Islamic terrorism.
Of course, that right there may explain the silence, particularly among many conservatives. The kind of negligence Mr. Coughlin is talking about, deriving from a PC ignorance of Islamic law, is quite evident in the strategies and tactics of the so-called war on terror that conservatives have widely championed — up to and including “the surge” in Iraq, which, for example, presupposes that American-won security will trigger a set of cultural behaviors and aspirations in Iraqi society best described as non-Islamic.In other words, we seem to have arrived at a strange junction where neither jihadist apologists nor surge enthusiasts want to hear the facts about Islamic law. You might say it’s become the new blasphemy.