Florida Parents Protest Textbook With Chapter About Islam

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Parents upset about a history textbook that they say emphasizes Islam more than other religions protested outside Volusia County school district headquarters.

The parents claim that the book contains too much information about Islam and not enough about Christianity and other religions. There was even a call by organizers asking students to go home and tear the section on Islam out of their books.

Because tearing up (or burning?) books is always the proper response to such things.

The county district was forced to postpone a Tuesday meeting "in the interest of public safety."

"This group is holding a protest and rally to oppose the teaching of the historical and basic pillars of Islam to students in Volusia County," said Hassan Shibly, Florida executive director of CAIR, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.

"It is displaying an alarming level of intolerance and brazen disregard of minority religions... We find their actions un-American and against every core principal that makes this country so great."

The school district says that the U.S. Department of Justice reached out to them before the protest, stating that "the nature of this information raised substantial safety concerns."

The textbook in question, Prentice Hall World History, protesters claim, devotes an entire chapter to Islam and teaches children about how it came to be and about the building of the Muslim empire, while Christianity and Judaism are referenced only in small paragraphs here and there.

And we can see the problem here: Where in America will the children learn about Christianity?

Of course, the protesters claim that this is in no way about getting all worked up and encouraging kids to vandalize a schoolbook because they think Islam is un-American and evil.

It's about religious equality!

NOW GO TEAR OUT ALL THE PARTS ABOUT THAT RELIGION WE DON'T UNDERSTAND AND LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IT AGAIN.

You know, with all the crazy things going down in Florida, such as a law that makes it perfectly legal for a person to shoot and kill another person because he or she feels threatened, and with people with serious medical conditions that can be alleviated only with medical marijuana having their homes raided by cops like they're the leader of a drug cartel, it's good to know there are citizens out there tackling the truly important issues.

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senatortombstone
senatortombstone

No doubt the chapter on Islam is biased in favor of the religion, states Islamic beliefs as facts, and glosses over all of the atrocities committed by the Arabs credited as the first Muslims, who later invented the religion and ret-conned their history. These textbooks should be discarded and recycled, as their academic value is null.

Rick Harkness
Rick Harkness

one must be a moron to make such an comparison as Florida to texas !

jensan1332
jensan1332

I bet if it was the other way around, and it was a whole chapter on Christianity this same person would be screaming about separation of church and state. If you want your kids to be taught about raping woman, beheading Christians, torturing Christians, genitalia mutilation of young girls, stoning of woman for accused adultery they really didn't do, then send your kids to a mosque. It shouldn't be in schools.

JimmyDhimi
JimmyDhimi

The Islamic world is absolute proof of successful secular progressive ideologies that ought to be implemented in America.  Saudi Arabia, for example, is at the forefront of modern feminism, recognizing the subjugation endured by women forced to operate transportation machinery.  Egypt is perhaps the world's most religiously tolerant country, with new Coptic churches being renovated at a rate of one per week.  Syria is a model for harmonious political discourse and what can be accomplished through negotiation and compromise.  We Americans need to open our eyes and model ourselves after these more advanced civilizations.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Really silly that a group that believes their fairy tale stories are better than some other group's fairy tale stories, would argue about a textbook . Arguing over imaginary friends is futile and a waste of one's mind.
 If this "history" book is typical, most of it is revisionist history.

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

I hate people that hate on informing our youth about things they don't understand.

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

Why do these parents even send their kids to school when clearly they,know better

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Florida is starting to be as moronic as Texas.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

We have some ignorant savages here in Florida..and they are all on the right wing.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

@senatortombstoneAnd what about all the ret con that christians do?  Never mentioned is all the atrocities they committed and CONTINUE to commit.  Where is that chapter on the Spanish Inquisition?  Or how the Crusaders killed everyone, even other christians, so they could take everything of value?  How about those evangelicals in the modern age who go to Africa to preach that gays should be murdered?

No, you would rather blame all of that on the Muslims..

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@jensan1332 

Yeah man. Let's have TWO chapters on the christian Inquisition. Let's talk about all that raping and mutilation and burning witches at the stake and streching heretics on the rack.

JimmyDhimi
JimmyDhimi

@KennyPowersII Revisionism is a good thing if changes perceptions.  If the textbook promotes the notion that Islamic countries are by and large fair and just societies with moral standards for human rights that exceed the standards in the West, then that kind of revisionism is a good thing.  Truth should be secondary to perceptions.

jensan1332
jensan1332

@Alex Henderson whats hard to understand about beheading of Christians 7 Muslims who don't agree with them or the subjugation of woman. You must want woman as slaves.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

@Pete Pepper It is a horse race to the finish.

JimmyDhimi
JimmyDhimi

@smdrpepper  

Indeed, every time the Sun-Sentinel posts mugshots of violent criminals in South Florida, especially crimes committed in Lauderhill, Overtown, and Hialleah, you can just tell by looking at the mugshot that the perpetrator was a Tea Party member.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I don't think the Crusades, inquisition, etc. are glossed over, in fact they are very over accentuated, while the history of and the current jihad is almost unknown in the West.

As far as ret-conning goes, I was referring to the body of scholarship which hypothesizes that the traditional account of Muhammad and Islam's origins are a fiction conceived nearly a century after the events were said to have occurred.

JimmyDhimi
JimmyDhimi

@riverrat69 @jensan1332

Riverrat69 makes an excellent point.  It is important that we compare the behavior of medieval Christians to modern day Muslims.  The fact that we live in the modern day is irrelevant.  Modern Islamic Jihad must be measured against the moral bar of society hundreds, nay thousands of years ago.  To expect conformity with modern notions of human rights is racist and homophobic. 

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@jensan1332 

Sure thing. As long as they aren't homeschooled ignorant inbreds like you.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

@JimmyDhimi @riverrat69 @jensan1332 You do know that modern christians are just as bad as their medieval counterparts.  Just look at what they are doing in Africa and the fact that they are still trying to roll back womens rights and persecute anyone who is not them.

JimmyDhimi
JimmyDhimi

@riverrat69 @jensan1332  

Riverrat69 that is an excellent point.  It is well known that literacy rates, especially amongst women, is higher in Islamic countries than even Western Europe.  More Muslims have won Nobel Prizes than any other group.  Jensan1332 is obviously not Muslim, and therefore, just not smart enough to understand the world around him.

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