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New York High School Exam Praises Islam and Attacks Christianity

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Posted on September 4 2010 9:00 pm
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NY High Schools are making sure they keep their heads.

In the heat of the Ground Zero mosque debate, New York public high schools are pushing a test that slams the history of Christianity while exalting the spread of Islam.  Some NY teachers were so upset when reading the Regents exam on Global History and Geography that they have complained to the press and even leaked their teacher’s guide on the test.

The exam gives high schoolers questions based on nine sources on the spread of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.  Buddhism is given a  slight positive, yet mostly neutral treatment in the exam.  The spread of Christianity gets a mixed treatment of neutral statements and pretty blatant attacks.  Islam, on the other hand, gets promoted and hailed as not only positive, but specifically better than Christianity.

At least one Brooklyn teacher who administered the exam complained to the New York Post:

There should have been a little balance in there… To me, this was offensive because it’s just so inappropriate and the timing of it was piss-poor.

I have read a copy of the Regents Exam and here are some examples to show the imbalance.

In talking about Islam spreading to Africa:

“Merchants were carriers of Islam rather than agents of Islamization…Muslim men of religion were peacemakers.” – John L. Esposito, ed., The Oxford History of Islam, Oxford University Press

The school board’s choice of John Esposito as a source is enough to reveal a bias toward promoting Islam.  Esposito is a Georgetown professor who has spent his career defending Radical Islam.  He placed the blame for 9-11 on the lack of pluralism and tolerance in America.  Esposito has long decried American ‘imperialism’ while defending Islamic terrorism.  He has asked Jews and Westerners to reject the “irrational fear of terrorism.”  The professor refuses to even study Islamic violence because it “reinforces stereotypes”.

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