“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”
– Christopher Hurley
That famous quote by Hurley is exactly what many on the Texas school board are afraid of. Will our young people get “a whole new life” that ignores the dangers of Radical Islam? The recent uptick in the culture war over the Islamization of America has led some teachers and school boards to look much more closely at what we are teaching about Islam.
A few weeks ago, we at NewsReal were one of the first to break the story on New York high school exams promoting Islam and tearing down the history of Christianity. Some folks in Texas have taken a look at their own history textbooks and have seen the same problem. Now the Texas Board of Education is set to vote Friday on a resolution to get rid of textbooks that whitewash Islam’s history while attacking the spread of Christianity. The board is in a three day meeting to determine if current history books are filled with “pro-Islamic, anti-Christian half-truths and selective disinformation.”
In the world of textbooks, when Texas makes a decision it affects everyone. The state’s rules set the precedent for their 4.7 millions students, and their book choices are usually adopted by many other states. Those opposing the conservatives on the board understand what’s at stake.
Publishers take this kind of thing seriously and will do everything in their power — rewrite and revise — to make sure their book doesn’t become a hot button point of contention. Publishers have Texas under the microscope. Dan Quinn, a spokesman Left-leaning, Austin-based Texas Freedom Network
The Texas Board of Education has ten Republicans and five Democrats on it. One of the more conservative board members has come up with a six-page resolution that resolves to:
reject future prejudicial Social Studies submissions that continue to offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world’s major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and/or by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others.
The resolution has detailed examples from multiple Social Studies books showing a high number of problems. The books give far more attention to Islam than Christianity. The authors speak of Islamic history in glowing terms while denouncing the spread of Christianity. And much of the terrors of Islamization and Jihad are whitewashed or not given any mention in the textbooks.