Social Studies Textbook Review in Tennessee and Texas

Readers frequently ask how they can get involved. Here’s one. via Citizen Warrior: Social Studies Textbook Review in Tennessee and Texas.

The following was written by Roy White, Chapter Coordinator for ACT! for America in San Antonio, Bexar, and Kendall:

We all know of plenty of examples of the bias in social studies textbooks revealed by various groups and individuals. Concerned Tennessee citizens formed a group called Textbook Advocates that conducted reviews of over 50 textbooks that can be found here. Many of those errors involved Islam to include incomplete information on Muhammad, overstating Islam’s influence and simple disparity in word/sentence count on discussions of Islam versus other religions. Their findings are not surprising to readers of Citizen Warrior and others who follow this topic.

The cleverly named, The Textbook Tattler was published to provide citizens with a synopsis of the typical errors found. It is likely these same errors are found in many of the textbooks found in states around the country. Tennessee’s efforts resulted in the current methodology of textbook selection to be under review and will most likely be replaced in the next legislative session. Their landmark success has inspired others to follow their lead including a group in Texas.

In early 2014 Texas begins the process of reviewing Social Studies textbooks that will be used for the 2015-16 school year. A group called “Truth in Texas Textbooks” or “Triple T” have begun recruiting volunteers from inside of Texas and outside who would be willing to help review the Social Studies textbooks that will be submitted by publishers.

Over 48 million textbooks are sold in Texas alone! This is a huge contract for publishers. Estimates range from 50-80% of school districts in the nation choose the same textbooks as those used in Texas schools. Publishers know, what sells in Texas will lead to millions of dollars in other states!

The purpose of TTT is simple, to provide Social Studies textbooks that are truthful and factual that meet the Texas Education Knowledge Standards (TEKS) as defined here. Fortunately Texas has put in place a well-defined set of standards that were recently updated with this resolution on eliminating the pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias found in the current social studies textbooks.

TTT will not simply focus on eliminating this bias but many other “PC” related themes that are so often found in textbooks today. We are not affiliated with any other NPO or national organization but are independent and have reached out to groups and individuals around the country (including Tennessee) for volunteers who are willing to help us.

The long-term goal would be to have one site, such as www.textbookadvocates.com be the single depository of these textbook reviews being done around the country so teachers, parents, advocates can have a single one stop shopping place to go and see a consolidated list of reviews of textbooks.

Publishers get away with their PC tainted textbooks because in the past groups around the country didn’t talk to each other or communicate their findings. Building on what Tennessee has done Texas wishes to continue this movement to put these reviews, along with others, in the public domain at a single website that will give information to everyone who is interested.

Anti-smokers advocacy groups weren’t effective until they banded together against the tobacco companies and shared the data from all their findings. TTT wishes to take the same approach.

Read it all, including info for those who’d like to volunteer on the project, at Citizen Warrior.

Baltimore: Mosque to sound call to prayer in area targeted “to make Islamic community”

Another no-go zone emerges.

“…establishing Islam within the borders of the Gwynn Oaks area of Baltimore City, in accordance to the Quran and Sunnah”

Baltimore City’s First Masjid Built from the Ground Up to Serve Existing Muslim Neighborhood

via Build It, Because They’ve Already Come.

 He shovels the fresh snow, and sprinkles salt on the driveway. It is the first snow of the season and Mustafa Sharif is getting ready for the Gwynn Oak Islamic Community (GIC) Masjid’s Open house.

 Driving past suburban roads, past Liberty Heights Avenue, past the under construction Shoprite and serene Gwynn Oaks Park, past friendly neighbors helping each other park stalled cars on the icy roads, the cream and teal building is a magnificent sight in the snowfall.

A welcoming community in Baltimore City; a model community with a model masjid which resonates with the call to prayer. Centrally located near the beltway, there is optimistic talk of growth in the brand new masjid, of the school district making the high school into a magnet school, of quiet streets, historic homes, open green spaces, and convenient commute to the city without the congestion.

 Of the ShopRite opening at the corner of Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak Avenues. The grocery store will have a whole aisle of Halal meat, says the president of Howard Civic Association, Shadid Tamir Abdul-Rahim. He announces that the congregation should submit suggestions for grocery items so that they can be stocked at the store. The community looks forward to more development in the area.

“Seeing 40 houses on a 1/4 acre plots of land for $40,000 to $50,000 dollars, we targeted this area to make an Islamic community,” he conveys.  3500-4000 sq ft homes at extraordinary prices 13 years ago -now a brand new, renovated home costs $200,000.

 $40,000 can still buy you a home, according to Cason, if you are ready to renovate.

 He is the nephew of John (Yahya) Cason, the man behind much of the redevelopment activity. His father and uncle spearhead many of the civic initiatives in the area. Conservatively fifty Muslim families live in the area, he says, who are involved with the Gwynn Oak Islamic Community, but there are a lot more.

Down the street is the Maine Avenue, otherwise known as Islamic Way. “It’s not completely Islamic, but there is a concentration of Muslims on this street. Wholesome is the word that you will often here to describe the lifestyle Muslims have brought to the area,” said Mercedes Eugene, a former president of the civic association in a Baltimore magazine article- copies of which were handed out to visitors at the masjid.

 Former drug houses were bought and renovated. There used to be a liquor store at the corner of Gwynn Oak and Rogers Ave. When it became a hub for drug dealers, Yahya Cason purchased the building and refused to rent it to the liquor store. The builder of the new supermarket evicted another liquor store, and New York Fried Chicken stands where the third liquor store used to sit.

Sharia in action.

 After 4 years, the masjid is near completion. The community has raised over 1.3 million dollars; GIC must raise $40,000 more to complete the masjid construction. A fundraiser is scheduled on the first Saturday of January, 2014.

Three stories high, the masjid is American suburban, with a salute to an Islamic aesthetic with teal arches over the entrance. An elevator leads up to the third floor, which will house the gym and youth rec area. A commercial kitchen, 3 classrooms on the first floor, a musallah on the second and “a lot of attention paid to the bathroom and wudu areas.”

 It’s not a huge building but it fits the immediate needs to the community. To bring Islamic life for their future generations, the community bought a house and expanded it into a masjid. After it was condemned, and to comply with current zoning laws, they decided to raze the house and build a new masjid from the ground up– a first for Baltimore City–symbolic of the new community.

 “We want to raise men who are worthy of our daughters and daughters who are worthy of being mothers of our sons,” says Presley Cason, “as we grow we could easily be the majority in the area.” Working class and professional Muslims live and worship together.

 A homeschooling co-op, a small Islamic school and Al Rahmah School are all options for children’s education.

Hand in hand, the Gwynn Oak Islamic Community is establishing Islam within the borders of the Gwynn Oaks area of Baltimore City, in accordance to the Quran and Sunnah, “where the character of [people of other faiths] is being influenced by our children’s upright characters.” Engaged civically and politically, these indigenous converts are raising generations of born Muslim children and asking others to join them.

 And so it goes. Influenced by foreign Muslims and gone abroad to learn the true meaning of jihad and sharia. Now they are converting American neighborhoods into sharia-compliant Islamic enclaves. In the years to come, when the area is “completely Islamic”, non-Muslims who venture into the area will be accosted just as the author of this piece states blacks were in the ’50’s.

Wyoming: Taxpayer-funded Islamic dawah coming to Cheyenne and Laramie public libraries

A reminder to start the new year that even the least Islamized reaches of the U.S. are being subjected to Islamic dawah. And taxpayers are being robbed to fund this non-sense.

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via Wyoming Humanities Council Announces “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” in Cheyenne and Laramie | WyomingLibraries.org.

The Wyoming Humanities Council, together with the Albany County Public Library and the Laramie County Library System, announces a five-part reading and discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” starting in early 2014. The council is one of 125 organizations across the country selected to participate in this project, which focuses on the people, history and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The titles in the reading series are “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi, “House of Stone” by Anthony Shadid, “Dreams of Trespass” by Fatima Mernissi, “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamsie, and “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar. Deborah Amos, international correspondent for National Public Radio, developed the series, which features several memoirs.

Clara Keyt is the discussion leader in Cheyenne. Keyt holds a doctorate in public history from Arizona State University and teaches for the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.

In Laramie, Bonnie Zare and Nichol Bondurant are discussion leaders.  Zare is a faculty member in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at the University of Wyoming. Much of her research focuses on India.  Bondurant teaches world literature at Laramie High School.

In addition to the reading series, both libraries will host the following programs in conjunction with Muslim Journeys: Seth Ward, a faculty member in the University of Wyoming Religious Studies program, will present “An Introduction to Islam for the Equality State,” and Anne Marie Lane, from the Toppan Rare Books Library at the American Heritage Center, will discuss Islamic influences on European bookmaking.

All programs are free and open to the public. To register and borrow books, contact the libraries directly.

“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Local support is provided by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Albany County Public Library, and the Laramie County Library System.

A full schedule of events appears at the link above. Contact info below.

Cheyenne:
Contact Jennifer Rife, 773-7218.

Laramie:
Contact Kathy Marquis, 721-2580, x 5438

The Islamic infiltration started in DC long ago and they’ve found ways to get millions of your tax dollars to preach a whitewashed version of Islamic history (minus the conquest & jihad) to you and your children. Read about the funding in our previous post, Islamic dawah from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

And know that the criminals pretending to be politicians in D.C. are forcing Muslim propaganda on citizens at more than 800 libraries across the U.S.

All related posts here.

Pearson’s World History text book continues to push biased, imbalanced view of Islam on students

Islamic history is banned from FBI training however. via Florida Family Association.

Pearson plc also owns a top advertiser on Al Jazeera America.

Pearson’s World History text book continues to push biased, imbalanced view of Islam on students.

Pearson plc also owns a top advertiser on Al Jazeera America.

Click here to send your email that urges Pearson officials to cease future publishing of the objectionable content and recall the book.

The same company that published a high school text book which embellishes Islamists and belittles Judaism and Christianity also has ownership in The Economist, a leading advertiser on Al Jazeera America.

Prentice Hall’s World History text book with its biased presentation of Islam continues to be used in numerous school districts.  Parents have voiced concern in several school districts regarding the book’s dishonest rewrite of history regarding Islam and the omission of Judaism and Christianity.

Pearson plc owns Prentice Hall.  Pearson also owns a fifty percent stake in The Economist Group. The Economist has been a top advertiser on Al Jazeera America during the past two months.   Pearson plc also owns the Financial Times. If Pearson plc officials are unresponsive to public concerns generated by this online campaign then Florida Family Association plans to publish more online campaigns to call on companies to withdraw their advertising support from the Financial Times and The Economist.   Americans need to know what companies are empowering Islamists.

The World History text book came under fire in July 2013 in Brevard County, FloridaThe Washington Times reports in part: 

“The book has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” said Florida State Representative Rep. Ritch Workman, in Townhall, about the Prentice World History textbook. “It’s remarkably one-sided.

Mr. Workman said the textbook, which has been on the Brevard County schools’ approved course list for three years, also rewrites the history of Islam. He looked through it and found the authors “make a very obvious attempt not to insult Islam by reshaping history,” Townhall reported.

“If you don’t see it from the eyes of a parent, kids are going to take this book as gospel and believe that Christians and Jews were murderous barbarians and thank God the Muslims came along and the world is great,” he said, as Townhall reported.

Here’s an example: Muhammad and his armies’ take-over of Medina states depicted “people happily accept[ing of] Islam as their way of life. It leaves out that tens of thousands of Jews and non-believers were massacred by [Muhammad’s] armies. It’s a blatant deception.”

At the same time, the book depicts Jesus as claiming to be the Messiah — but writes as fact that Muhammad was the prophet, Mr. Workman said in the Townhall article. Students in the class are also taught about the Koran and pillars of Islam.

“They don’t do that for Christianity,” he said, as Townhall reported. “That is offensive to me.”

“Some of the descriptions of the battles use the word ‘massacre’ when it’s a Christian battle and ‘takeover’ when it’s a Muslim battle,” said Amy Kneessy to Fox News. “In young minds, massacre paints a very different visual picture than a takeover or occupation — when in fact both battles were very bloody.”

The publisher, Pearson, denied any bias. But Mr. Workman said he was told by a spokesperson for the publisher that a Muslim cleric was hired to write the sections on Islam.

The School District of Brevard County decided to provide a supplement to the Prentice Hall World History textbook.

The Volusia County School board cancelled a public meeting scheduled for November 5, 2013 after the United States Department of Justice weighed in on the issue.   WFTV in Orlando reported in part:  The Volusia County School Board said it postponed its Tuesday meeting “in the interest of public safety.”  The district said it was contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice before the meeting was supposed to start and said “the nature of this information raised substantial safety concerns.”  The district said with the information it received, it decided to put more security measures in place to make sure everyone at the meeting would be safe.  The district said it doesn’t comment on procedures but did say there was no specific threat of violence.

If there was no specific threat then why did Eric Holder and Barack Obama’s Department of Justice weigh in on this issue?  Who filed the complaint that caused them to react?  The answer to the first question, because this administration is jihadi friendly.  Answer to second question, CAIR, most likely Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR Florida urged the Department of Justice to chime in like they have inappropriately done in many other matters.

The School District of Volusia County decided to continue to use the Prentice Hall World History textbook. Continue reading

Islamists Hijack U.S. Congressional Hearing on Hindu Persecution

via Articles: How Islamists Stole a Congressional Hearing. h/t for story and title to TheReligionOfPeace.com

Oppressed Hindus from Bangladesh asked for a congressional committee hearing to make known their victimization by Islamists. They got their hearing, but they were not given a chance to speak; instead, Islamists took over.

Not one Hindu was invited to be on the panel of speakers. The Islamists trashed the only political movement in Bangladesh that offers some hope of secularism.

Evidence suggests that an American lobbying firm working for a Bangladeshi war criminal bought influence with the hearing. The same day, the NY Times wrote a staggeringly pro-Islamist editorial, raising the question that perhaps they too were bought with lobbyist money.

On November 20, 2013, a group of loyal Hindu Bangladeshi American citizens were granted a long-awaited hearing by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.  The Hindus wanted to ask the U.S. to stay the hand of the religious extremists who are pushing their compatriots remaining in Bangladesh toward genocide, described more fully here.

The hearing appears to have been hijacked.  Hindu activists believe that a strong BNP lobby is operating in Washington.  It is already established that a major lobbying firm, Cassidy & Associates, represents war criminal Mir Abdul Qasim Ali (pictured left), who is held in custody in Bangladesh awaiting trial and possibly execution.  Ali was implicated in a wartime killing spree and is a major fundamentalist player.  He is a senior member of Jamaat who supports Wahhabist values, and he heads a Saudi-based bank that launders money for Jamaat and terrorists.

Gregg Hartley (pictured right), vice chairman and CEO of Cassidy & Associates, has been conducting a publicity campaign in Europe and the U.S. to get Ali released from jail, according to his home-state newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Disclosures of lobbyist records show that Cassidy and Associates has received more than $500,000 in the past year from Ali and his very wealthy family.

Hartley’s battle to free Ali involves discrediting the purpose as well as the methods of the war crimes tribunals, thereby legitimizing Islamism and its abuses.  Hartley also lobbies for Pakistan and other Islamist clients, as stated on his firm’s website.

Apparently Hartley does not object to working for Islamists, even if they would limit his own freedom if they came to power in the U.S.

An inescapable question arises: was a paid campaign waged to discredit the war crimes tribunal at the Foreign Affairs hearing in order to spare Hartley’s client?  Were Hindus kept off the panel so that they could not give evidence of the complete Islamist take over Bangladesh is facing, and of the persecution that minorities are suffering even now?  This is a very reasonable speculation, and an investigation of Cassidy’s activities and finances is in order.

A similar question must be raised about the alarming editorial in the NY Times published on the same day.  The Times lays the blame for Bangladesh’s growing instability solely on the AL and states that Jamaat should be legitimized by including it in the upcoming elections.

Read it all.

U.S. Professors Participate in Muslim Brotherhood-Linked Program

We’ve already covered four universities from the northeast to Florida and Texas. This excerpt from a Clarion Project expose lists at least seven more U.S. campuses where jihad sympathies reside, including the U.S. Naval Academy. via U.S. Professors Participate in Brotherhood-Linked Program

This summer, IIIT held a summer students program from May 27 to July 3. According to a written account by one participant, 17 students were chosen for it.

They learned about the Quran and Sunna from Professor Mahmoud Ayoub of Connecticut’s Hartford Seminary. IIIT donated over $1 million to endow a Chair in Islamic Chaplaincy at the school. As our earlier expose documented, the Seminary’s President has spoken at an IIIT fundraiser.

Contemporary Islamic Thought was taught by Dr. Ermin Sinanovic of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also lectured at IIIT headquarters last year.

Islamic jurisprudence, or fiqh, was taught by Dr. Jasser Auda of the Qatar Foundation. The Foundation is strongly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and its spiritual leader, Yousef al-Qaradawi.

Muslim World Affairs was taught by Dr. Muqtedar Khan of the University of Delaware. He previously spoke at IIIT headquarters about the Islamist political victories due to the Arab Spring.

The written account states that they were also instructed by Professor AbdulAziz Sachedina. He is the IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is also listed as a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

Islamic History and Civilization was taught by Dr. Imad ad-Dean Ahmed, a Muslim chaplain at American University in Washington, D.C. He also leads the Minaret of Freedom Institute.

Students attended an IIIT-sponsored conference towards the end of the program. According to the written account, one of the featured scholars was Professor Ali Mazrui of Binghamton University in New York.

Read it all.

Brandeis and Syracuse halt ties with Al Quds after Islamic Jihad rally, Bard College (NY) doubles down

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The jihad being waged on college campuses is quite literal in some instances. All posts today will expose what’s happening in campuses across America. via After Brandeis and Syracuse, a US school decides to stay with Al-Quds | JPost

Bard College in New York, has announced it will continue its partnership despite rally held by Islamic Jihad at Al-Quds.

The US university with the closest ties to Al-Quds University, Bard College in New York, has announced it will continue its partnership, despite two other American colleges severing ties with the Palestinian school.

The decision by Bard – announced late on Friday in a statement to The Jerusalem Post – came only days after Brandeis University and Syracuse University formally ended their ties with Al- Quds, after a rally held by Islamic Jihad on the Al-Quds campus, which its president, Sari Nusseibeh, did not initially condemn.

In the days following Brandeis’s decision to end its ties with Al-Quds, divisions have emerged on the Massachusetts school’s campus about whether the university overreacted to images from the protest, which showed people in military garb trampling on Israeli flags near posters of suicide bombers.

The protesters held up their right hands in a Nazi-style salute, but observers have pointed out that such a salute does not necessarily connote Nazi allegiance.

After news broke of the rally, Brandeis publicly called on Al-Quds to condemn the protest, while Bard remained silent on the issue until asked for comment more than two weeks later.

School officials said Al- Quds has held private conversations with officials from both Brandeis and Bard in the past few weeks.

The events of the past week have surprised even one of the top American scholars on higher education institutions’ overseas expansions. Kevin Kinser, the chair of the department of educational administration and policy studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York, said the decision to fully sever ties between universities is extremely rare. He also said he was surprised by Bard’s decision not to criticize Al-Quds’s actions.

“It’s the kind of thing that you don’t see that often; for a US institution to take that kind of principled stand against a partnership with another institution,” he said, adding that the Nazi-style of the salutes is a “fairly extreme event that also ties directly to the foundation of Brandeis as originally a Jewish university.”

When notified of the Bard response, Kinser wrote in an email that “I would have expected a more forceful rejection of the protest itself.”

MoreWhat Americans Don’t Know About Palestinian Culture

The rally was organized by the Al Quds branch of the Islamic Jihad group (though it was joined by much of the rest of the student body that joined the jihadi storm troopers in marching on an Israeli flag) and followed two other demonstrations sponsored by Hamas to honor suicide bombers at the school.

…If much of the discussion about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on college campuses and throughout the rest of the American liberal world seem so skewed it is not just because Israel is often unfairly smeared as an “apartheid state.” It is also because many Americans simply don’t know the first thing about contemporary Palestinian culture.

But the point about campus activities at Al Quds is that there is nothing exceptional about large groups of students demonstrating their hate for Israel and their devotion not to Palestinian nationalism but its extreme Islamist adherents such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad that call for the death of Jews. Such groups are not just welcome at Palestinian schools but an essential part of the fabric of student life as well as the general culture.

Thus, the shock here is not that Brandeis (if not Bard) has been alerted to the true nature of their partner and even a respected front man like Nusseibeh. Rather, it’s that it never occurred to anyone in authority at Brandeis that this was the inevitable result of any cooperation with Al Quds.

To wit: Brandeis University’s Partnership With Hamas Linked, Al Quds University Underwritten By Ford Foundation

It is common knowledge among counter-terror experts that Al Quds is a hotbed of Hamas support and activity to extent that it hosts the Abu Jihad Martyrs Museum, a celebration of Palestinian terrorism.

According to a 2007 report by Palestinian Media Watch:

Al Quds hosts student branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad on campus.Campus activities honor terrorists, past and present.

Campus activities advocate terror as legitimate “resistance.”

Al Quds University property is used for Hamas assemblies.

Al Quds administration members join in terror group events on campus.

Al Quds university participates in and sponsors off campus activities honoring terrorists.

The liberal, jihad sympathizing indoctrination is filtering down to high schools and grade schools now as well.

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