Texas board of Ed wants to limit references to Islam in textbooks

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    Sep 26, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Published September 24, 2010
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    Sept. 24, 2010:

    AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution Friday that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation's publishing industry.

    The board approved the one-page nonbinding resolution, which urges textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books, by a 7-5 vote.

    Critics say it's another example of the ideological board trying to politicize public education in the Lone Star State. Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which advocates for religious freedom, questioned why the resolution came at a time when "anti-Muslim rhetoric in this country has reached fever pitch."

    "It's hard not to conclude that the misleading claims in this resolution are either based on ignorance of what's in the textbooks or, on the other hand, are an example of fear-mongering and playing politics," Miller said.

    Future boards that will choose the state's next generation of social studies texts will not be bound by the resolution.


    "This is an expression of the board's opinion, so it does not have an effect on any particular textbook," said David Anderson, the general counsel for the Texas Education Agency, when asked by a board member what legal weight the resolution would carry.

    "So this is a cosmetic exercise?" asked board member Mavis Knight, a Democrat from Dallas.

    The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian ones. Chairwoman Gail Lowe said the resolution cites old books because board rules prohibit them from discussing current books more than 90 days after their adoption.

    "I believe that it's happening in the current (social studies books) even though we can't cover that in the resolution," said board member Terri Leo, a Republican from Spring. The resolution sends a "clear message to publishers that it should not happen in the future."

    The resolution also claims "more such discriminatory treatment of religion may occur as Middle Easterners buy into the U.S. public school textbook oligopoly, as they are doing now."

    Two Republicans broke from their party to vote with the Democrats. Two Democrats — Mary Helen Berlanga of Corpus Christi and Rene Nunez of El Paso — were absent for the vote. The initial vote on the resolution was 7-6, but the board later reconsidered the measure. The second vote was 7-5 after a Democratic board member left the meeting.

    The measure was suggested to the board this summer by Odessa businessman Randy Rives, who lost his Republican primary bid for a seat on the panel earlier this year. Members of a social conservative bloc of the board then asked Lowe to put the resolution on this week's agenda.

    During public testimony, which included comments from activists as well as a handful of parents, Jonathan Saenz, a lobbyist for the conservative Liberty Institute, argued that the board was "doing the right thing ... to prevent any type of religious discrimination or treat any religion in a way that's incomplete."

    Several times during the testimony, Lowe intervened, attempting to calm flaring tempers.

    "The Board's mission, and Texas' future, is ill-served when the board chooses to use its limited meeting time to discuss and vote on discriminatory and politically motivated measures, such as this proposed resolution," said Frank Knaack, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

    The resolution concludes by warning publishers the "State Board of Education will look 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 by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others."

    Social conservatives control the 15-member board for now, although the landscape is set to change after one member of the bloc lost his primary election bid and another chose not to seek re-election. The board in recent years has become a battleground for social conservatives and liberal watchdogs, each accusing the other of imposing ideological agendas into what about 4.8 million public school students learn in Texas classrooms.

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    Sep 26, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    The more something is taken away from people, the more they crave it.
    Smooth move, Texas. icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 26, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    where's the cupcake bunch when you need them.. lets post slurs and hate messages all over the texas board of education's blog site!icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 26, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    Might as well ask kids to ignore 1/4 of the worlds population...wait a minute, we already do so with 99% of it, so who cares about a measly 1/4?icon_evil.gif

    And they wonder why there aren't more FBI agents who know Arabic.
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    curtism saidand the reference sited is by the AP????? oh boy the sky is falling, the sky is falling. you mean we can't indoctrinate our kids to the extremes of islam that murdered your fellow countrymen.( oh nevermind you're a canuck, so it's really NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS ) oooooh shame on texas. ........ grow a pair. islam IS the enemy! NOT texas conservatives. get real.


    Isam isn't the enemy it is the fear of islam that is the enemy, and the radical fundamentalists, and the islamic jihadist. And the ignorant.....

    Catholics used to be the enemy when they did the inquisition.....

    Religions in all forms at some time or another were responsible for great suffering..... wars.... death..... territorial fighting.....

    Someone needs to go back to School, maybe not in Texas....
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    Sep 26, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
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    curtism saidand the reference sited is by the AP????? oh boy the sky is falling, the sky is falling. you mean we can't indoctrinate our kids to the extremes of islam that murdered your fellow countrymen.( oh nevermind you're a canuck, so it's really NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS ) oooooh shame on texas. ........ grow a pair. islam IS the enemy! NOT texas conservatives. get real.


    Isam isn't the enemy it is the fear of islam that is the enemy, and the radical fundamentalists, and the islamic jihadist. And the ignorant.....

    Catholics used to be the enemy when they did the inquisition.....

    Religions in all forms at some time or another were responsible for great suffering..... wars.... death..... territorial fighting.....

    Someone needs to go back to School, maybe not in Texas....


    For a guy with only 7 posts, and from what I can tell all of them are just like this, I recommend reporting him and then blocking him. He sounds like a sock puppet account anyway.
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    Sep 26, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    Are any of you even educated on the subject? It's ok to have an opinion, but shouldn't you know something about what you are purporting to have knowledge of ?

    http://hnn.us/articles/23662.html

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e8e_1207938235

    http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/460652.aspx

    http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/3811

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/328225/Saudi-Publications-on-Hate-Idology-Infiltrate-American-Mosques

    http://www.meforum.org/559/islam-and-the-textbooks

    http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/2247

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    Sep 26, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
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    batman192 said
    curtism saidand the reference sited is by the AP????? oh boy the sky is falling, the sky is falling. you mean we can't indoctrinate our kids to the extremes of islam that murdered your fellow countrymen.( oh nevermind you're a canuck, so it's really NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS ) oooooh shame on texas. ........ grow a pair. islam IS the enemy! NOT texas conservatives. get real.


    Isam isn't the enemy it is the fear of islam that is the enemy, and the radical fundamentalists, and the islamic jihadist. And the ignorant.....

    Catholics used to be the enemy when they did the inquisition.....

    Religions in all forms at some time or another were responsible for great suffering..... wars.... death..... territorial fighting.....

    Someone needs to go back to School, maybe not in Texas....


    For a guy with only 7 posts, and from what I can tell all of them are just like this, I recommend reporting him and then blocking him. He sounds like a sock puppet account anyway.


    Why report him? Because he has an opinion different from yours? Your opinion is more valid than his? Your opinions make you sound like less of a sock puppet than him ?
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    shybuffguy saidWhy report him? Because he has an opinion different from yours? Your opinion is more valid than his? Your opinions make you sound like less of a sock puppet than him ?


    You don't know what a sock puppet is, do you?
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    Sep 26, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
    curtism saidtrite statements by trite thinkers in response to common sense approaches to real problems is always the response when confronted with the obvious. talk about the sheep following the herd to slaughter. group thinkers ............. derrrrr im gay so i guess i can't be anything but a hook line and sinker libtard????? sadly 97% of my fellow dick lickers are so simple.
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    no pic no nothing. you're nothing but a coward who doesnt have the balls to come out of hiding..
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    curtism saidtrite statements by trite thinkers in response to common sense approaches to real problems is always the response when confronted with the obvious. talk about the sheep following the herd to slaughter. group thinkers ............. derrrrr im gay so i guess i can't be anything but a hook line and sinker libtard????? sadly 97% of my fellow dick lickers are so simple.


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    Sep 26, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    This is from the same board that wanted to put intelligent design in science lessons.

    It's absolutely revolting that this board wishes to hypocritically impose their version of the world on young people. Education should, must be about empowering young people to form their own opinions, and to judge the world from themselves.
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    Sep 26, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    I just think its contradictory to limit education by removing references to any particular group because of public perception to it. That, to me, is not education. That is censoring. In Nazi Germany they had book burnings.

    When's the bonfire at Texas ?

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    Sep 27, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    TigerTim> This is from the same board that wanted to put intelligent design in science lessons.

    That certainly does explain a lot.


    Topic Title> Texas board of Ed wants to limit references to Islam in textbooks

    From OP> The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian ones. Chairwoman Gail Lowe said the resolution cites old books because board rules prohibit them from discussing current books more than 90 days after their adoption.

    I'm confused. If they are history books, why how many lines can they already devote to beliefs?
    So if somewhere a book explains that Muslims don't eat pork and it doesn't say anything about Christianity, that's the problem...?

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    Sep 27, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidI'm confused. If they are history books, why how many lines can they already devote to beliefs?
    So if somewhere a book explains that Muslims don't eat pork and it doesn't say anything about Christianity, that's the problem...?



    I am oddly familiar with social studies curriculum.

    The previous fad in education was multi-culturism, which has lost favor in the academic education community. It really stressed learning about different cultures in the world history segment. So, the critical importance Muslim culture played in preserving Classical texts during the post-Roman Empire world was talked about. All the advances made in science, medicine, and math got good treatment. And the relatively tolerant society of the Ottomans was especially mentioned.

    But of course, they are really all just a bunch of dirt-dwelling towelhead terrorists. And of course it was Jesus who saved Plato, not Averroes.