From California to the Khalifate: Public school students to live as Muslims for 2 weeks in Saudi funded indoctrination program
May 23, 2006
Teaching Johnny about Islam
Education: In our brave new schools, Johnny can't say the pledge, but he can recite the Quran. Yup, the same court that found the phrase "under God" unconstitutional now endorses Islamic catechism in public school.
In a recent federal decision that got surprisingly little press, even from conservative talk radio, California's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it's OK to put public-school kids through Muslim role-playing exercises, including:
Parents of seventh-graders, who after 9-11 were taught the pro-Islamic lessons as part of California's world history curriculum, sued under the First Amendment ban on religious establishment. They argued, reasonably, that the government was promoting Islam.
But a federal judge appointed by President Clinton told them in so many words to get over it, that the state was merely teaching kids about another "culture."
So the parents appealed. Unfortunately, the most left-wing court in the land got their case. The 9th Circuit, which previously ruled in favor of an atheist who filed suit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, upheld the lower court ruling.
The decision is a major victory for the multiculturalists and Islamic apologists in California and across the country who've never met a culture or religion they didn't like — with the exception of Western civilization and Christianity. They are legally in the clear to indoctrinate kids into the "peaceful" and "tolerant" religion of Islam, while continuing to denigrate Judeo-Christian values.
In the California course on world religions, Christianity is not presented equally. It's covered in just two days and doesn't involve kids in any role-playing activities. But kids do get a good dose of skepticism about the Christian faith, including a biting history of its persecution of other peoples. In contrast, Islam gets a pass from critical review. Even jihad is presented as an "internal personal struggle to do one's best to resist temptation," and not holy war.
The ed consultant's name is Susan L. Douglass. No, she's not a Christian scholar. She's a devout Muslim activist on the Saudi government payroll, according to an investigation by Paul Sperry, author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington." He found that for years Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy just outside Washington, D.C. Her husband still teaches there.
So what? By infiltrating our public school system, the Saudis hope to make Islam more widely accepted while converting impressionable American youth to their radical cause. Recall that John Walker Lindh, the "American Taliban," was a product of the California school system. What's next, field trips to Mecca?
This case is critical not just to our culture but our national security. It should be brought before the Supreme Court, which has outlawed prayer in school. Let's see what it says about practicing Islam in class. It will be a good test for the bench's two new conservative justices.
Look who's teaching
Posted: May 3, 2004
By Paul Sperry
WASHINGTON -- A top textbook consultant shaping classroom education on Islam in American public schools recently worked for a school funded and controlled by the Saudi government, which propagates a rigidly anti-Western strain of Islam, a WorldNetDaily investigation reveals.
The consultant, Susan L. Douglass, has also praised Pakistan's madrassa schools as "proud symbols of learning," even after the U.S. government blamed them for fueling the rise of the Taliban and al-Qaida.
Douglass, routinely described as a "scholar" or "historian," has edited manuscripts of world history textbooks used by middle and high school students across the country. She's also advised state education boards on curriculum standards dealing with world religion, and has helped train thousands of public school teachers on Islamic instruction.
In effect, she is responsible for teaching millions of American children about Islam, experts say, while operating in relative obscurity.
WorldNetDaily has learned that up until last year Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., which teaches Wahhabism through textbooks that condemn Jews and Christians as infidels and enemies of Islam. Her husband, Usama Amer, still teaches at the grades 2-12 school, a spokeswoman there confirmed. Both are practicing Muslims.
The Saudi government funds the school, which has a sister campus in Fairfax, Va.
"It is a school that is under the auspices of the Saudi Embassy," said Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, a leading Saudi opposition group. "So the minister of education appoints the principal of the school, and the teachers are paid by the Saudi government."
He says many of the academy's textbooks he has reviewed contain passages promoting hatred of non-Muslims. For example, the eleventh-grade text says one sign of the Day of Judgment will be when Muslims fight and kill Jews, who will hide behind trees that say: "Oh Muslim, oh servant of God, here is a Jew hiding behind me. Come here and kill him."
Al-Ahmed, a Shiite Muslim born in predominantly Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, says the school's religious curriculum was written by Sheik Saleh al-Fawzan, a senior member of the Saudi religious council, who he said has "encouraged war against unbelievers." Al-Fawzan has authored textbooks used in Saudi schools.
A report released last year by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom found that the Saudi Ministry of Education publishes texts presenting Islam as "the only true religion" and denouncing all other religions as "invalid" and "misguided."
"Christians and Jews repeatedly are labeled as infidels and enemies of Islam who should not be befriended or emulated, and are referred to in eighth-grade textbooks as 'apes and pigs,'" the report said. In addition, it found that "some Saudi government-funded textbooks used in North American Islamic schools have been found to encourage incitement to violence again non-Muslims."
Critics complain that Douglass, who taught at the Saudi academy for at least a decade, has convinced American textbook publishers and educators to gloss over the violent aspects of Islam to make the faith more appealing to non-Muslim children. The units on Islam reviewed by WND appear to give a glowing and largely uncritical view of the faith.
MIM: Information from the Hamas affiliated Sound Vision website about the CIE
PROFILE: COUNCIL ON ISLAMIC EDUCATION
"Most history books present Islam in a very negative way, in one case I heard a teacher compare Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to Hitler. Another one says that Muslims forced people who followed pagan religions to convert to Islam...About 90 percent of what is written in the history books is either false or twisted around to make Islam sound like a terrorist religion."
-"History Books a Problem" by Uzma Unus in Islamic Horizons magazine, April 1986.
Making Islam sound like a terrorist religion is usually a dirty deed associated with the media: television, newspapers and movies. But over 13 years ago, Sr. Uzma pinpointed a source of misinformation about Islam and Muslims that was virtually ignored: public school textbooks.
Enter Shabbir Mansuri.
It was the false description of Muslim prayer in his daughter's grade six social studies textbook that spurred him to do something about it.
"They said Bedouins slap their hands on the ground, get down on their knees, they rub their faces in the sand, their call out on their God," he says in an interview with Sound Vision from his office in Fountain Valley, California. "I was so angry."
Mansuri says he was more concerned that millions of other students who would be miseducated about something Muslims do five times a day.
That was back in 1988. Fast forward 11 years and you'll find Mansuri as the founding director of the Council on Islamic Education, the only national faith-based organization in the United States that is directly involved in the process of reviewing public school textbooks from a multicultural perspective. It was established in 1990.
The organization is made up of scholars in the fields of history, religion, education and curriculum specialists and teachers. It works with textbook publishers during their development of new Kindergarten to grade 12 history-social science teaching materials.
"They're very professional, very informed and they have at their heart the same thing we do which is the desire for good, accurate information for the children," says Abigail Jungreis, Editorial Director for school social studies at Houghton Mifflin book publishing company, which has several textbook divisions. "We've had a really good relationship with them [the CIE] over the years. Their reviewers are knowledgeable, access to primary source materials," Jungreis notes.
She gives Susan Douglass as an example. Douglass is one of the CIE's affiliated scholars.
It is also with the help of the CIE that Jungreis says Houghton Mifflin's textbooks have been able to show what Crusades were like for the Muslims. "We've been able to give several perspectives on an event like that," she says.
"It's hard for us to be expert in every area. Here is a source of material that allows us to include voices of people who we haven't included in the past."
"We see our reviewers as playing a crucial role in enabling us to present accurate and complete information," she notes. "In this day and age there's no way anybody can be an expert on all aspects of history or social studies subjects.
Jungreis notes that the American melting pot also necessitates including different perspectives in textbooks.
"The diversity of this country demands that we show it has a diverse past," she says. "There are many different people who have always played a role in history and had interesting lives and great achievements as well as conflicts and difficulties."
The CIE's mandate has broadened to include more than just critiquing textbooks. The organization has also produced publications that can be used as supplemental teaching guides to help teach about Islam and Muslims. It also conducts in-service workshops for schools, districts and organizations, participates in annual education conferences.
Some of these include, Teaching About Islam and Muslims in the Public School Classroom, Muslim Holidays: Teachers Guide and Student Resources, The Crusades from Medieval European and Muslim Perspectives: A Unit of Study for Grades 7-12, as well as Beyond A Thousand and One Nights, which features different kinds of Muslim literature, including poetry and scientific writing.