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A group that combats anti-Semitism is asking the governor of Tennessee to investigate school textbooks not only because of instances of anti-Semitism but also hundreds of inaccuracies, biases and disinformation, including anti-American and anti-Christian content.
The texts are in direct violation of the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions by “teaching the religious dogmas of one religion,” Islam, charges Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.
Her Tennessee group educates media professionals, Christian leaders and Christians around the globe about the dangers of the “new anti-Semitism.”
She is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to do a “full and thorough” review of the work that was done under Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who recently quit.
During Huffman’s tenure, not only was the controversial federal-government program Common Core imposed on schools, but the Tennessee Textbook Commission adopted books that were found to contain more than 700 problematic sections.
The organization already has been busy holding textbook publishers accountable for their products’ accuracy.
It was in early 2013 when PJTN launched a campaign to have a Pearson publication, a secondary school social studies text, removed because it promoted anti-Semitic views and a “moral equivalence” between Palestinian terrorism and the government of Israel.
The text was used in a Williamson County school.
The effort is now nationwide, and Cardoza-Moore and been invited to speak in a number of cities. And parents over and over have found objectionable material in their local schools’ programs.
Parents in two Tennessee school districts recently asked PJTN about a presentation being used in their child’s classroom to teach about Islam.
PJTN said the presentation “seemed to be very biased and inaccurate, badly out of date, and had no indication of the author/publisher, although five slides had an attribution of CAIR,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR, founded by the Muslim Brotherhood as a U.S. front, has seen numerous leaders indicted for terrorism and was itself named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the Palestinian jihadist group Hamas.
PJTN also noted another school in which students were being taught about Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan’s “egregious” accusations against George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Materials of that kind promote a subtle but subversive campaign to “rewrite history,” Cardoza-Moore said.
“This type of blatant anti-Semitic, anti-Judeo/Christian and anti-American propaganda and disinformation has no place in our public schools, and it certainly should not be taught to our future leaders. We say we want our children to be able to think critically, but then we provide biased information that is inaccurate,” she said.
For Tennessee, Cardoza-Moore said: “A statewide effort must be launched to remove this type of biased curriculum from our elementary, junior and senior high schools. I want to encourage parents to review their children’s history and geography textbooks and handouts and hold their teachers and school administrations accountable to provide accurate and unbiased curriculum for their students. It is this type of disinformation that historically leads to violence against Jews and will ultimately lead to the downfall of our country.”
Haslam should, she said, work with the legislature to tighten the limits on the selection of curriculum so that it reaches the “highest achievement standards.”
“The so-called Common Core ‘higher’ standards are being exposed by the content in the curriculum and textbooks. Pearson Publishers, the company behind the Common Core standards, tests, curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials, must be removed from Tennessee schools,” she said. “We do not pay taxes for our Tennessee Textbook Commissioners to approve inaccurate biased curriculum that do not reflect the values of the citizens of this state.”
“Drop Christianity down the memory hole but give extensive and mostly favorable coverage to Islam,” she wrote. “Even the mainstream media have provided extensive coverage of the steady stream of court cases and threatening letters from the American Civil Liberties Union aimed at removing all signs of Judeo-Christianity from public schools.”
But she noted a study that reveals since the 1990s, “discussions of Islam are taking up more and more pages, while the space devoted to Judaism and Christianity has simultaneously decreased.”
“The textbooks generally give a false description of women’s rights under Islam. The books don’t reveal that women are subject to polygamy, a husband’s legal right to beat her, genital mutilation and the scandalous practice misnamed ‘honor killings,’ which allows a man to murder a daughter who dares to date a Christian,” she continued. “Slavery is usually a favorite topic for the liberals, but historical revisionism is particularly evident in the failure to mention the Islamic slave trade. It began nearly eight centuries before the European-operated Atlantic slave trade and continues in some Muslim areas even today.”
Even earlier, WND reported experts say American students are not getting a realistic picture of radical Islam, and textbook publishers are promoting the religion in public schools.
Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, a group that reviews history books, told Fox News the texts are sugarcoating Islamic extremism.
“Key subjects like jihad, Islamic law, the status of women are whitewashed,” Sewall said.
In a two-year project concluding in a report authored by Sewall, the American Textbook Council reviewed five junior- and five high-school world and American history texts, concluding: “Many political and religious groups try to use the textbook process to their advantage, but the deficiencies in Islam-related lessons are uniquely disturbing. History textbooks present an incomplete and confected view of Islam that misrepresents its foundations and challenges to international security.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/islam-anti-semitism-sneak-into-tennessee-textbooks/#et7SU1cScl86w6fI.99
“Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways” (Proverbs 3:31)
Druze clerics, Muslim imams, Baha’i representatives, Armenian patriarchs, Greek Orthodox priests, and the Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, among others gather together to condemn the brutal attack at the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem, Wednesday November 19. (Photo: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency)
Sheikh Samir Aasi says “I Was Attacked Because Of What I Stand For. These Extremists Don’t Want Relations Between Religions”
Sheikh Samir Aasi, Imam of the main mosque in the city of Akko, openly condemned the massacre that took place last week in a Har Nof synagogue. This terror attack was perpetuated by two Palestinian men, who entered during morning prayers and shot worshipers dead as well as stabbed them with meat cleavers. Aasi made the trip from Akko to Har Nof to participate in a pluralistic faith assembly attended by clergy from all of Israel’s faiths. The assembly was held in the synagogue where the attack took place. Aasi spoke there, saying “I come here today to condemn this terrible act, which crossed all lines. The time has come that people of faith must ask themselves, how have we gotten to this point?”
“I specifically made that trip to send a message to extremists,” Aasi explained to Tazpit News Agency. “There is a red line, and it is absolutely and utterly forbidden to cross – holy places are holy places, and you cannot attack holy places, no matter what.” On Thursday, after his trip, his car was attacked with acid. “Every religion has its extremists”, Aasi asserted. “I was attacked because of what I stand for. These extremists don’t want relations between religions.”
‘But they are wrong, because attacks like this only make our resolve to continue working for peace and relations between our religions stronger.” Sheikh Aasi has reason to believe Muslim extremists want to stop him, as he has been working for a long time alongside Akko’s Chief Rabbi Yosef Yashar to promote peace and understanding between Akko’s residents. Akko is a mixed city of 46,300 people, with Jews making up two thirds of the population and Arabs comprising a quarter of the city’s residents. Chief Rabbi Yashar told Tazpit News Agency, “Akko is a mixed city, and [Sheikh Aasi and I] work together so that all who live here should live in peace. We are great friends.” “Sheikh Aasi was my guest in my Sukkah this past chag Sukkot, to show everyone what a “Sukkat Shalom” is,” Rabbi Yashar added. Rabbi Yashar and Sheikh Aasi regularly visit schools, both Jewish and Arab, across Akko to teach the students about both religions, and to promote understanding on both sides about their neighbors. “We discuss stories from both religions with the students, in order to teach both perspectives and help students understand their neighbors,” Imam Aasi said. “Thank G-d, Akko has wonderful leaders in all its religious institutions who work for peace.” This is not the first time Muslim extremists have attacked people who work to promote peace amongst Jews and Muslims, or between Palestinians and Israelis. Mohammad Zoabi, the teenaged cousin of Arab member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, was forced into hiding over the summer after his life was threatened by Arabs unhappy with his pro-Israel activism. Additionally, a few weeks ago, a brawl between Muslims supporting terrorists and Druze supporting Israel broke out in the mixed city of Abu Snan. Druze Ayoob Kara, a former member of Knesset, told Tazpit News Agency at the time that “Arabs want the Druze to be part of the Arab agenda, and the event in Abu Snan was a part of those efforts…the Druze see themselves as an integral part of Israel.”
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/24867/another-terror-condemnation-met-terror/#DpUOOHdwe6oih082.99
A man and his wife were reportedly attacked and tied up by a trio of home intruders who forced their way into the couple’s Lakewood, Washington, home on Tuesday. The horrifying incident left one of the intruders dead and the others running for their lives, according to police.
The 66-year-old wife was reportedly in the bath when three men knocked on the door. When the husband, 62, answered the door, he quickly realized he didn’t know them and tried to close the door. Unfortunately, the men — armed with a gun and knife — overpowered him and entered the home.
The thugs beat the man severely, leaving him needing stitches, and cut his wife’s hand, according to court documents obtained bythe News Tribune. The men then allegedly tied up the couple and searched the house for valuable items to steal. At one point, they momentarily left the house — and it turned out to be a huge mistake.
During the brief time that the men were outside, the husband was apparently able to free himself, untie his wife and relocate to their bedroom. They locked the door and the man retrieved his firearm from a lock box and aimed it at the door.
When the suspects returned and busted through the door, the husband opened fire. Police believe the man fatally hit one of the robbers. Police later identified the deceased suspect as 19-year-old Taijon Voorhees. All three of the men ran out of the house in fear.
Police later arrested Duprea Wilson, 19, in connection to the robbery, which he reportedly told others had “gone wrong.” The suspects may have broke into the wrong house looking for drugs and money, according to investigators.
Wilson was later charged with 12 felonies, including first-degree manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping and assault.
“They gush out, they speak arrogancy; all the workers of iniquity bear themselves loftily.” (Psalm 94:4)
On March 5, 2014, IDF forces intercepted an Iranian weapons shipment to Gaza terrorists. (Photo: IDF)
Just two days before the deadline for a nuclear deal with the West, Iran boasts it has supplied advanced rockets to its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, capable of hitting any target in Israel. According to the report by the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency, the Fateh (Conqueror) missiles have a range of 250-350 kilometers (about 155-217 miles), can carry up to a 500 kilogram (over 1100 pound) warhead and travel at speeds of up to 4,500 kilometers (almost 2800 miles) per hour.
“Considering the range of the rockets possessed by the organization, Hezbollah can now attack every point in Israel, from the south to the north,” General Seyed Majid Moussavi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard told the paper. This includes “targets in the south on the occupied territory. Dimona is an easy target,” he boasted, referring to the site of Israel’s Negev Nuclear Research Center, a facility widely believed to be used for manufacturing nuclear weapons, though Israel officially remains ambiguous about its purpose.
Ynet reports that today’s Iranian missiles are more accurate than their older counterparts, and they arrive in Lebanon via Syria.