“An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” ~ Winston Churchill
Islamophiles rejoice. After the timely, fake /non-existent threat cancelled the original meeting, the board ignored public outcry and didn’t even hold a formal vote on the issue. via Volusia schools will keep using history book | News-JournalOnline.com.
A world history textbook that sparked a heated controversy over the way it covers Islam will remain in Volusia County high schools, the School Board decided Monday after hearing four hours of public comments about its merits and shortcomings.
“I’m still confident with this book and its presentation to our students,” School Board Chairwoman Diane Smith said after hearing from nearly 80 speakers with widely differing opinions.
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The board didn’t take a formal vote, but only member Linda Costello pushed for a more thorough review. Candace Lankford, Stan Schmidt and Ida Wright sided with Smith to keep the textbook in Volusia classrooms.
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“It’s kind of what I would have expected,” said Walter Hanford, a book opponent who stuck around long enough to hear the board discussion. Hanford told the board earlier in the meeting the “World History” textbook published by Prentice Hall “whitewashes” the history of Islam and its Muslim followers, including involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.
The textbook controversy erupted in early November after a Deltona High parent complained about the book’s treatment of the Islamic religion to a Lake County friend, who posted information on Facebook and organized a protest rally before the School Board’s Nov. 5 meeting.
The Nov. 5 meeting was canceled before it began over security concerns and the controversy has continued to simmer, with Volusia County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Tony Ledbetter taking leadership of the textbook protest.
The atmosphere at Monday’s meeting was quieter with opponents and supporters of the textbook filling the boardroom to overflowing while a small number of people milled around outside.
And a new group — students — weighed in Monday on the controversy.
Brian Vaughn, a Student Government representative at Spruce Creek High School, turned in a petition he said was signed by more than 500 students at five high schools in favor of keeping the current textbook and curriculum.
“We hope that the School Board will respect our voices in the process of education and reject voices of intolerance and censorship,” the petition reads.
Spoken like a true dhimmi.
Meanwhile, opponents of the textbook said it’s full of omissions and errors that favor Islam over other religions like Christianity and Judaism. They asked the board for a thorough review of the book, hoping to force revisions as were approved in Palm Beach schools or supplementary materials, as Brevard schools are considering.
“This book is ridiculously biased. The whole history of Muslim is violence,” said Armando Escalante of Port Orange.
“This is a vanilla history,” said Joel Paige of New Smyrna Beach.
But Ormond Beach historian Alfred Perkins argued “omissions are inevitable” in textbooks that condense thousands of years of history into a single volume. Perkins said he had “no complaint about accuracy and balance” in the chapter on Muslim civilizations that sparked the local complaints.
Supporters of the book said it’s important to teach students about all religions and their impact on world history as a way of improving their understanding of cultures and religions so they’ll be more tolerant of those who have different beliefs.
Note: Do Not Tolerate the Intolerant.
“Learning about Islam doesn’t make anyone Muslim,” said Suzanne Southard of DeLand.
No one said it does. Learning inaccurate and whitewashed history does not make the bloody, 1400-year old history of Islamic conquest any less likely to slow down either.
“We can’t allow fear…to dictate what will be in our textbooks. We need to be able to operate in a global way,” said Christe Ashley of DeLand.
What does that mean, “operate in a global way”? Other than a meaningless cliche spoken by someone who wouldn’t dare criticize Islam?
George Griffin of Deltona admired the student speakers at Monday’s meeting and said the textbook debate isn’t one of Republican versus Democrats or liberals and conservatives. “This is a knowledge versus ignorance issue,” he said.
Griffin may be on to something. So why is he and so many others in Florida ready and willing to ignore the reality of the brutal and oppressive history and ongoing nature of Islam?
The last of Monday’s speakers was Rhiannon Dotson, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from Orlando.
“I feel we should learn about all cultures and religions,” she told the School Board. “This whole thing is about hate and ignorance. Please don’t teach me and my friends hate.”
That is exactly what those who have read the material and spoken against it are asking. Yet Dotson and so many others are ignorant of the pure hatred that Islam teaches. Maybe these dhimmi’s need to pick up a Koran and read it for themselves. Just not on the taxpayer’s dime.
Quran 5:051: “O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.”
Previously, Florida: Hundreds of Parents Protest Islam-favoring high school history textbook (video)
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