Part I of a 3 Part Series:
We posted an article on this topic a couple of months back, and thanks to a number of people that helped look into this. And the Mechanicsville Tea Party played a role in initially exposing this agenda and bringing it to Virginia Right’s attention. It is safe to say that Virginia Schools have hijacked the Virginia Standards of Learning as a tool to indoctrinate our children in the wonders of Islam to the near exclusion of Christianity. In fact, the great Christian Purge is alive and well and one need look no further than the first page of the 2008 Strikethrough Version History & Social Science Curriculum Framework to see the Virginia brand of Selective Secularism rear it’s ugly head.
For the uninitiated, “Selective Secularism” is the train of thought that all religion must be purged from any public document except Islam, as we wouldn’t want to offend the followers of Muhammad. And Islam is due a dose of Affirmative Action because people thought ill of Muslims because 19 of them hijacked some airplanes and killed a lot of Americans in the name of Allah. But a bit of animosity towards Islam would have to be expected, that is just human nature. And we all know that there are Muslims that are good and descent people. Americans. And generalized hatred of any religion for the actions of a few is simply wrong. And to be clear, the villain here is not Islam or Muslims. The villain is the Virginia Department of Education and the misguided thinking that has gone into the creation of the Virginia Standards of Learning.
This is the first of a three part series exposing the radical agenda of the Virginia Department of Education and their efforts to revise history to suit their liberal agenda and promote Islam through the Virginia Standards of Learning. This type of agenda driven education is not new. But it has accelerated to the point we must put a stop to this in favor of an honest and true view of history, and not one tainted through the prism of the left wing spin we have uncovered.
Part I deals with the promotion of Islam and the purging of Christianity. Part II exposes the revisionism and pro government control agenda that has seeped it’s way into Virginia’s schools, and the third part is a conclusion and call to action.
The very first page of the 2008 Strikethrough Version History & Social Science Curriculum Framework sets the tone for the rest of the document. The wonderful thing about a strikethrough version is that you can easily see what the document writers were thinking when they made the changes. The first victim was Christ as A.D. was changed to C.E. (Anno Domini > Common Era). In the Year of our Lord is now the Common Era. And B.C. – Before Christ is now B.C.E. or Before Common Era. This as nothing more than politically correct nonsense.
And it gets worse.
This is a “bullet point analysis” put together by the researchers.
Pro-Islamic Discrimination in Virginia’s High School History Texts
The pro-Islamic discrimination in our public school texts favors Islam in secular schools, revises history and obscures Sharia law including treatment of non-Muslims. Students are not exposed to fundamental Islam’s goal of imposing Sharia law on all peoples and suppressing all other religions.
These examples are from Ancient World History, Holt McDougal, VA Edition, 2011,
Chapter 3 section, “Origins of Judaism”, Chapter 6 section “Early Christianity” and Chapter 10 in entirety “The Muslim World.
- Text length: Origins of Judaism, 8 pages, Early Christianity 6 pages, The Muslim World, 22 pages.
- Text content: Life and Teachings of Jesus, 2 pages, Life of Mohammad and Qu’ran, 5 pages
- Online Student Research Link, Early Christianity, 3 items total on Christian catacombs, Arch of Titus, and timeline of sacred texts. [i]
Muslim World, 6 items total including Sayings of the Prophet, Complete Islamic history sources and 2 Qu’rans[ii]
- Fiction in text: “Because the Qu’ran forbade forced conversion, Muslims allowed conquered peoples to follow their own religion.” p.270
- Fact: When Pope Benedict said in Regensburg in 2006 that certain caliphs spread Islam by the sword, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia protested that the sword was only a last resort if non-Muslims refused to convert to Islam or surrender and pay the poll tax.[iii]
Obscures Sharia Law
- Fiction in text: “Sharia law requires Muslim leaders to extend religious tolerance to Christians and Jews.” p.268
- Fact: In addition to paying the poll tax Jews and Christians must keep to the side of the street, must not build as high as Muslim buildings or repair their churches, ring the bells or have public funerals. If they violate these conditions the caliph choses between death, slavery, release or ransom.[iv]
- Half-Truth in text: regarding Sharia, “this system of law regulates the family life, moral conduct, and business and community life of Muslims.” p.268
- Fact: The Sharia is a complete code of life regulating relations with non-Muslims as well as Muslims, in which the earlier peaceful verses of the Qu’ran were abrogated by later verses.[v] Sharia includes the aHadeeth (words and deeds of the Prophet), such as “I have been ordered by God to fight with people till they bear testimony to the fact that there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger….)[vi]
These are but a few examples indicative of pro-Islamic discrimination throughout this text, its sequel on Modern World History, and comparable high school history texts of mainstream publishers adopted across America. The supplemental study guides of the Virginia Department of Education re-enforce the texts instead of correcting them.
The SOL’s have been recently revised to match the verbiage of the text and fail to discuss its distortions or bias. For example, the use of “B.C. and A.D.” to show historical dates in our predominantly Christian country (307 mil in 2009) has been
replaced with “C.E.” (Christian Era, the term used by Muslims) with a population of less then 2 mil (CIA 2009 World Fact Book).
Is this what Virginians want?
Is this the kind of disinformation our schools should be teaching?
There are serious consequences for our Constitution when Islamic fundamentalists in this country are calling for a parallel legal system or special dispensations for Muslims in public schools, workplaces, and taxpayer funded facilities.
The textbooks don’t begin to teach the whole truth about Islam.
We need to hold the State Department of Education accountable.
[iii] The National Observer Australia. “Islam and the dhimma pact”. Mark Durie. http://www.nationalobserver.net/2010/82_3_islam_durie.htm
[iv] Reliance of the Traveler, the Classic Manual of Sacred Islamic Law. Amana Pbl, MD, USA. o11.4 – .11, o9.14
[v] Islamic Jurisprudence. Imran Nyazee. Islamic Research Institute, 2000. p.319
[vi] Sahih Bukhari, Vol.I, p. 13. http://answering-islam.org/BehindVeil/btv2.html
Conflicting Meanings of Jihad
The Earlier Peaceful Meaning Is Abrogated by the Later Aggressive Meaning
Holt McDougal Student Resources Link for Jihad
The most excellent jihad is that for the conquest of self
The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.
Text Used in Mosques Across America to Train Leaders for the Next Generation
Those who believe and emigrate and strive with might and main with their wealth and their lives have the highest rank in the sight of Allah. p.170
Footnote: Strive The word Allah used in Arabic is: wa Jaahada Fee Sabeelillah – meaning: made Jihad in the path of Allah. It is incorrect to translate the word Jihad to mean strive/striving because Jihad is a legal terminology with a specific meaning, and that is, fighting in the path of Allah and the struggle therein. Translating the word Jihad to mean ‘Striving’ is misleading as it gives a meaning different to the intending meaning in the verse. Unfortunately, this error has become a common practice amongst the translators, so let them be careful from falling into such errors.
So, how does the quantity of information taught on Christianity and Islam differ?
See for yourself. In the first frame below the required elements of Christianity are outlined:
And what does the Virginia Department of Education want our children to know about Islam? A couple of points, like with Christianity?
Apparently, Christian Culture is not important. This is an in depth look at the history and teachings of Islam, Mohammad, the “Noble” Quran complete with a play by play of everything you ever wanted to know about Islam but were prohibited from learning in school by the United States Constitution.
And if I recall that long forgotten religion called Christianity, there was some fellow called Jesus and a book called the Bible.
This gives nothing but a passing mention of Christianity and reads like a Theological study in Islam. This is absolutely shameful and unconstitutional!
Most Christians as well as Muslims would probably be far happier of the State Controlled School System simply deleted both of these sections and let the parents decide which Mosque or Church (or Temple or Synagog) their children should receive religious training.
Below are the documents where a lot of this information came from. This first one is a copy of the teacher’s workbook. Feel free to browse through and see for yourself what Virginia’s children are being asked to accept as history.
This is the Strikethrough version of the changes to the latest version of SOL’s for Virginia’s Schools. This is examined in the second part of this series.