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    Church and State

    So why isn't the ACLU all over this one?

    http://www.examiner.com/a-1429570~Co...d=temp-popular


    Washington, D.C. (Map, News) - A new report issued by the American Textbook Council says books approved for use in local school districts for teaching middle and high school students about Islam caved in to political correctness and dumbed down the topic at a critical moment in its history.
    "Textbook editors try to avoid any subject that could turn into a political grenade," wrote Gilbert Sewall, director of the council, who railed against five popular history texts for "adjust[ing] the definition of jihad or sharia or remov[ing] these words from lessons to avoid inconvenient truths."
    Sewall complains the word jihad has gone through an "amazing cultural reorchestration" in textbooks, losing any connotation of violence. He cites Houghton Mifflin's popular middle school text, "Across the Centuries," which has been approved for use in Montgomery County Schools. It defines "jihad" as a struggle "to do one's best to resist temptation and overcome evil."
    "But that is, literally, the translation of jihad," said Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and acclaimed author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam." Aslan explained that the definition does not preclude a militant interpretation.



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    "How you interpret [jihad] is based on whatever your particular ideology, or world viewpoint, or even prejudice is," Aslan said. "But how you define jihad is set in stone."
    A statement from Montgomery County Public Schools said that all text used by teachers had been properly vetted and were appropriate for classroom uses.
    Aslan said groups like Sewall's are often more concerned about advancing their own interpretation of Islam than they are about defining its parts and then allowing interpretation to happen at the classroom level.
    Sewall's report blames publishing companies for allowing the influence of groups like the California-based Council on Islamic Education to serve throughout the editorial process as "screeners" for textbooks, softening or deleting potentially unflattering topics within the faith.
    "Fundamentally I'm worried about dumbing down textbooks," he said, "by groups that come to state education officials saying we want this and that - and publishers need to find a happy medium."
    Maryland state delegate Saqib Ali refrained from joining the fray. "The job of assigning curriculum is best left to educators and the school board, and I trust their judgment," he said

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    It fits the ACLU agenda in undermining the US and molding us in their image. But wait!! The ACLU lawyers (for the most part) are members of a religious group that these folks want to kill and destroy.

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    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    Why I homescool.
    Please tell me your wife handles the spelling.


    Sorry I couldn't resist. I will do my best to put mine in private school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    Please tell me your wife handles the spelling.


    Sorry I couldn't resist. I will do my best to put mine in private school.
    Sorry, meant homeskool.

    I can't afford private skool on my salary.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

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    Even if you cannot afford private school, this is where parental involvement in what your child is being taught is important.

    Read their damn text books! Discuss with them your values and takes on these sorts of things.
    I'm your huckleberry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    Sorry, meant homeskool.

    I can't afford private skool on my salary.
    I thought is was homeyskool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTR man View Post
    I thought is was homeyskool.
    Crap! Today's not my day for spellyng.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

    Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman

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    LOL..

    My kid is in a private Lutheran Christian School. I work extra OT to pay for it, but its worth it. He may not be as street smart as other kids his age, but as long as he is book smart, he will have a bright future.

    As for the teaching of Islam, I make sure I tell him what we are watching on the news, and what we are seeing in textbooks about a particular country or culture has to be weighed against each other.

    Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he grows old, he shall not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6


    Hey ACLU, here is your modern day Islam. Teach this!
    "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- George Orwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayern View Post
    It fits the ACLU agenda in undermining the US and molding us in their image. But wait!! The ACLU lawyers (for the most part) are members of a religious group that these folks want to kill and destroy.
    You got that right. They are well to do lawyers that suffer from a guilt complex for being the chosen people.
    "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." -- George Orwell

 

 

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