Jihad Jane in the Classroom

In the days after the 9/11 attacks, average Americans donated money and festooned American flags to vehicles in a show of unity and support.  Educators, in contrast, took advantage for further anti-American indoctrination and plastered school walls with “Understanding Islam” posters.  They did this at the University of Georgia where I was finishing up my Ph.D. program.

Since then, the Islamists have wormed their ways into our culture, reaching the most vulnerable: our children.

It is no surprise to me that blonde American women, like Jihad Jane and Jihad Jamie, would be converting to Islam and supporting jihad.  The most depraved murderers on death row attract the support of soft-hearted and weak-minded women.  They are aided by educators and the propagandists they invite into the classroom.

In fact, proselytizing occurs in high schools and colleges without a peep from principals or college presidents, who fret about such Christian symbols as Christmas trees on their campuses.

For example, for the second year, the Muslim Student Association is holding their Islamic Awareness Week at the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College in the Atlanta area.  MSA Advisor Shyam K. Sriram, who teaches American Government and Political Science, in an email encourages faculty members to allow their students “to obtain extra credit for attending these myriad of events” and adds that he is “happy to sign off on any extra credit sheets.”

Not only is Sriram sending this to all instructors on campus through the e-mail list, but his Islamic Awareness Week provides the theme for the college’s home page and posters about the events plaster bulletin boards on campus.  The student who wants to learn more about the event can click on a link and see the following list and the note, “Faculty are encouraged to give students extra credit for attending.”

These events for the week of March 16-19 include:

“Islam 101” with Brother Abu Addisalam.

“The Sweetness of Faith” with Imam Ishmael ibn Paul Teasley.

“Sorry, Mama, But I Love Her: A Talk on Love, Patience and Relationships” with Imam Tariq Khan.

“Hijab for a Day” “Information Session for WOMEN only.”

“Converts Panel featuring Former Rapper Loon.”

“Young Muslim Collegiate Panel.”

The title “Sorry, Mama, But I Love Her” reminded me of a workshop I attended at the National Council for the Social Studies conference called “Muslim Perspectives Through [sic] Film and Dialogue: Understanding, Empathy, Civic Discourse.”   There, Barbara Petzen (a blonde woman), an academic specializing in Middle East studies, and employed by the Middle East Policy Council, which has received multiple donations from Saudi Arabian royalty, offered sheep-like high school social studies teachers free films for use in the classroom.

One, which she showed, Allah Made Me Funny, about three young Muslim comedians—a Palestinian, an Indian, and an African-American convert–fits in with the lessons on “tolerance” teenagers receive from television and the classroom.

Its producer, Michael Wolfe, knows what will appeal to teenagers, for he himself is a convert and comes from what he calls a “mongrel” background of a mixed Jewish-Christian marriage.  What was especially disturbing in the film was the black convert, who bragged about his loss of attraction to white women since his conversion.  He had some tender-hearted bemusement for his poor, benighted old mother still stuck in the old Christian religion who was upset at his conversion.  He could see into her plot to get him back to her church, for an “intervention” on him.  (The camera panned to the wholesome Muslim audience of families in traditional and Western dress laughing good-naturedly.)

The talk by Imam Tariq Khan at Georgia Perimeter College (“Sorry, Mama, But I Love Her”) suggests a similar conflict between an adult child and parent. Converts are loving toward parents—although more enlightened.  In this age of tolerance and following your own path Islam is presented as just another alternative—and a better, more tolerant, and more hip alternative at that.

One wonders what would happen were the script reversed.  Would administrators allow a Methodist minister to put on a “Christian Awareness Week” at a community college?  Would Muslims tolerate a film being shown to Muslim students at a public school, titled Jesus Made Me Funny, that poked fun at their parents’ Muslim religion, that joked about seeing through a parent’s attempt to intervene?  Indeed, Muslim parents like those of Rifqa Bary, threaten and do kill children who convert to Christianity.

Of course, such facts never came up in the film or workshop.  Petzen said to teachers, “What I love about these guys is that they’re normal.”

When an inconvenient fact comes up—like the violence that Muslims have displayed—those like Petzen offer defenses through moral equivalency.  She gave lessons to social studies teachers to pass on to students about the rioting and murders after the publication of cartoons about Muhammad.  Well, Christians would get upset too, she offered.

Yes, they have, when their tax dollars go to support artwork that immerses a crucifix in urine.  But they don’t riot and murder over it.

Of course, educators are likely to present the Christians who opposed public funding of Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” artwork as close-minded and bigoted (as they have done in textbooks I’ve been required to use).  They are likely to invoke the First Amendment.

Petzen objected to my characterization of her “defense” in the report I wrote about the conference.  It was an “explanation,” she insisted.

Really?  Her moral equivalency insults the intelligence of the civilized world.  Everybody could understand being upset with the depictions in the cartoons.  What they could not understand was the barbarism of the response.  “Explanations” for violence, for behavior that defies every standard of Western civilization, makes every barbaric act more “normal.”  And, indeed, “normalization” of Islam is the goal of Petzen and Sriram, and every other proselytizer in the classroom.

In 1983, “A Nation at Risk,” stated famously, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”

Some insist that “jihad” is misunderstood, that according to the Koran it involves moral cleansing and an intellectual effort. If so, we’ve got Jihad Janes in the classroom, proselytizing to already indoctrinated children and teenagers.  This is indeed a “war” on the hearts and minds of students.

For my full report on the National Council for the Social Studies go here.

  • Right in Left World

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Social Studies education at the secondary level. I am a high school history teacher. Get used to people slamming you for questioning the curriculum, methods, and readings that you are EXPECTED to use in your class. I have kept old history books over the years, and use those and the ancillary materials that come with the older books rather than the new stuff. It is more useful, factually more accurate, and provides students an opportunity think rather than be indoctrinated

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      I don't teach as a profession, but I collect old texts too, and have noticed how deficient the new ones are. It's about what I'd expect with people like bill ayers influencing them.

      It was interesting comparing our 1950, 1965, and 1976 World Book sets when I was a kid. I realized early that newer is not necessarily better.

    • SFLBIB

      What do you think about the recent Texas Board of Education decisions regarding textbook content? Thx.

    • *&%#

      Right….because you'd rather them be "indoctrinated" with sexist, racist, and ethnocentric propaganda. Right.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    My 7th grade t-shirt with khomeini’s head on a pole would be perfect for this jihadi awareness day, which is what we would make it.

    We had plenty of Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian kids to tell us what living under communism was like. A smart and sweet Laotian girl I befriended in 9th grade when she showed up in class apprehensive and knowing maybe fifty to a hundred words of English, graduated third in our class and earned a scholarship at MIT. Needless to say, I never had any sympathy for the cultural bias excuse so many born here us

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    Oh, now it must be approved by the sdmins, so I guess the other part of that post won't show up until this page is in the archives. This intense debate thing has more problems than the other one, because I still see the spam and trolls being posted. I don't really mind the trolls, because I enjoy shooting them and their dumb comments down, and they often inadvertently help me make or illustrate a point.

  • John C. Davidson

    The problem with freedom is you tend to trust people to honor its principles. Wjhen those in power use it for their own benefit, they elevate themselves anyway they find necessary. Usually, they find a minority cause and milk it for all its worth. In the end, they become false idols of freedom having left chaos in their wake and the poor, poorer.

  • Sharon

    Several years ago my grandson had a class in Islam. The religion was introduced as a fun thing to do. Well, in the first place it is against the laws of separation and church to teach any religion in school. It is the far left we have to thank for this abomination. Many years ago they took the 10 commandments out of the school system along with prayer and now they are using some lame excuse to support something they don't understand. It's always so convenient for these creeps. The prayer groups weren't violent but Islam is. I now understand why there was a Crusade in the medieval times. What is wrong with, 'thou shall not kill?' Take your kids out of school if you can.

    • John C. Davidson

      You can thank the ACLU for that, Sharon. I am sure they are getting their funding from our oil expenditures. If ever there is a communist front organization, it is the ACLU.

      • Sharon

        Yes. I believe they did start as a Communistic organization.

        • John C. Davidson

          And continue to operate that way.

  • watchful

    Every parent should read their child's schoolbooks just to see what is in them and more importantly to see what they are not learning. How some information is passed on in subtly negative or positive wording.

    This is not the education I received. I value my own more than what I see being taught today. As an adult I read two to four books a week and sometimes have as many as three going at one time. There is so much going on today that one needs to keep abreast of.

  • Ron Grant

    I mind the attacks on Islam less then I do on tolerance.I do admit to an ignorance of what is happening in our post secondary schools due to my rural location and isolation but am always cautious of right wing rants (as the right is understandably suspicious of liberal rants).In that way we are more the same then different.Unless we all remain within our borders (racial,religious,cultural,geographical) there will need to be reasonable accommodation within states for differences among all groups. Easier said then done,yes,but guided by tolerance,goodwill ,moderation,common sense and a just and relevant judicial system we may achieve a working solution.I may be wrong,but in my opinion America has all these elements.While I am critical of American foreign policy in the mid east (i.e. pro-Israel),God Bless America.She is still and may she always be our enduring star.


    I am glad that I didn't choose this person for my 2111 literature class. This is based on ignorance of Isam. I don't knwo anything about this film. However, I can tell you that you can not learn about Islam form a film. Also, many people have misundertand the meaning of JIHAD. You can't learn about Jihad on Fox 5 news. I am a Muslim woman at GPC. Everyone is not qualified to stand up teach people about Islam. I don't care what is behind their name PhD, MD, ect. Never think that Muslim women are weak minded. Our covering is all about modesty. It says "Listen to me and respect my mind!" Now, that IS something you can learn on Fox 5News, "Let us all be half naked and act ignorant!" If you want to learn about Islam stop and respectfully approach a woman that looks like the muslim sister up above. You have a choice; to learn with an open heart and sincerity or to let your internal hatred boil over.

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