Parents in Illinois are outraged that a public school there is painting a positive picture of Islam and teaching impressionable young students that Islam bears no responsibility for the 9⁄11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
This is just the latest incident demonstrating a growing trend in American education to portray the intolerant, slavery-sanctioning, woman-oppressing, genocidal, and relentlessly expansionist Religion of Peace as a misunderstood force for good or as just another world religion, no better or worse than the others. The relativist, multiculturalist, pro-Sharia compliance perspective is that a few bad, weird people who just happened to be Muslims flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, and that these jihadist extremists in no way represent the core teachings of the Koran and the whole Islamic community, even though Muslims have been slaughtering, enslaving, and otherwise subjugating unbelievers for 1,400 years.
One of the education sector’s gatekeepers Mark Halwachs, superintendent of High Mount School in Swansea, Ill., is proud to be serving humanity by presenting Islam as a positive thing that had absolutely nothing to do with the horrors of 9⁄11. The Kindergarten-to-8th Grade school he oversees has no plans to abandon its Islamic misinformation efforts and the teaching of revisionist history.
Halwachs, who sounds very much like a spokesman for the pro-Islamist Southern Poverty Law Center, made a series of admissions in an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat. The newspaper account states:
“We have to present, with 9⁄11 or anything, it wasn’t a religion that did that. It was bad men that did that. I think you have to take moments like that and use them as teachable moments,” he said. “You have to look at the age group and your students, and to me you can talk about different things in the world and teach about tolerance.”
School systems everywhere in America are littered with people like Halwachs who excitedly view 9⁄11 as a springboard to discussions about tolerance.
Halwachs seemed to suggest parents who complain about the specifics in lessons are eccentric outliers. Besides, “the school is teaching — and students that age can tell — the difference between a large group and a fanatical faction,” the newspaper paraphrased him saying.
Parent Rachel Seger disagrees.
She wasn’t happy when her 12-year-old daughter came home with history homework that consisted of learning vocabulary words from the world of Islam. “She said, ‘What’s Koran mean?’ and I flipped,” said Seger. “I said, ‘Excuse me?’ and I looked at them, and I said oh my God.”
Among the vocabulary words were jihad, Islam, Muslim, Arabia, Muhammad, Allah, hegira, mosque, Koran, and Baghdad. The report continues:
“Some of these words, I don’t even know what they are: Ayatollah, caliph,” said Seger, who was shocked that the history class would step so close to teaching religion. “I don’t want her learning other faiths from school. If it would have just stopped at ‘this is their culture, this is where they go to church,’ fine. But when you get into the actual aspect of it, that’s where I’m drawing the line. That’s just going a little too far.”
Sixth-grade history teacher Jim Munden refused to comment other than to say the family and the school have resolved the issue. In the case of Seger’s child, the school made an exception and agreed to exempt her from learning the jihadi glossary.
Seger believes her daughter is too young to deal with some topics. “It’s just hard to explain this to her. That age group, 12-year-old girls, they’re a lot more sensitive than people give them credit for,” she said.
The parent continued:
“When it comes to that, some of those terms should have been left off of there, or left to parents, or wait until they’re older. Wait until 16 or 17 and old enough to wrap her head around it. If they’re going to teach it, they’re going to teach all of it, not just the happy, good side of it … and she’s not prepared to hear the whole truth.”
The controversy in the Land of Lincoln comes as educator-led Islamization and Sharia-compliance efforts move forward at schools across America.
The terrorist-linked Islamist front group that calls itself the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding that public school students in overwhelmingly Christian Tennessee be taught that the Islamic prophet Muhammad is the one and only true messenger of God. Supporters of the measure are bigots, CAIR maintains.
As I wrote a few days ago at FrontPage, the self-styled Muslim civil rights group is melting down over a proposed Tennessee law that would forbid public schools in the state from teaching the principles of Islam and all religions until the 10th grade.
The bill was introduced by Republican Sheila Butt, the Majority Floor Leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Butt is championing the legislation, according to a news report, after parents complained about “what they perceive as an inappropriate focus on Islam in history and social studies courses in taxpayer-funded middle schools.”
“I think that probably the teaching that is going on right now in seventh, eighth grade is not age-appropriate,” Butt said, echoing the concerns of Rachel Seger in Illinois. Students “are not able to discern a lot of times whether it’s indoctrination or whether they’re learning about what a religion teaches.”
In Washington, D.C., an ambulance-chasing leftist lawyer filed a formal, 60-page complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights against Catholic University in the Northeast quadrant of the nation’s capital, for allegedly infringing Muslim students’ free exercise of their faith by displaying an “excessive” amount of “Catholic imagery” on the campus. Law professor John Banzhaf, who teaches miles away in the Northwest quadrant, at George Washington University, claims Catholic U., “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion.”
In Pitt County, N.C., Farmville residents were reportedly apoplectic about Islamic propaganda and proselytizing in a local public school. “It really caught me off guard,” a Farmville Central High School student said. “If we are not allowed to talk about any other religions in school – how is this appropriate?” Officials said an assignment to memorize a glossary of Islamic terms was “taken directly from a state-adopted supplemental workbook published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.”
Although Muslims represent a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, school-based efforts to inject Muslim culture and dietary preferences into our culture are ongoing.
Muslim holidays are now public school school holidays in New York City. Schools in the Big Apple close on Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims, and Eid al-Adha, known as the Festival of the Sacrifice (commemorating Abraham’s –or to Muslims, Ibrahim’s– obedience to God as demonstrated by his willingness to sacrifice his son).
After Muslims applied political pressure in Montgomery County, Md., outside Washington, D.C., public school superintendent Joshua Starr recommended removing all Jewish holidays from the school calendar except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The school district was also considering banishing all religious holidays.
So far the school district in Jersey City, N.J., is resisting pressure from Muslims to close public schools for Eid al-Adha but it got an earful from angry Muslims who taunted officials at a boisterous school board meeting. “We’re going to be the majority soon,” said one.
In San Diego, Calif., a high school is bowing to the wishes of Muslim students and following the lead of British schools by introducing Halal school lunches.
And the famous schoolboy in America, or possibly the planet, has announced he’s moving to the Islamic world because he can’t stand the way Muslims like him are treated in this country.
Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, the troublemaking Muslim bomb hoaxer called Clock Boy by some, is packing his bags and moving to the Islamic supremacist nation of Qatar. The family of media-savvy Ahmed has ties to CAIR, the Islamist front group, which gave him its “American Muslim of the Year” award (in the shape of a clock) earlier this week for his shameless Islamic propaganda coup.
The young Sudanese-American made headlines when he was suspended from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, last month for bringing a disassembled clock that resembled a bomb to class. Since then he has become an international star touted worldwide as a victim of so-called Islamophobia, which itself is a bogus term invented by Islamists to silence criticism of the Religion of Peace. WND has reported on various school disciplinary actions, including “weeks of suspensions” handed out to the unruly student. Ralph Kubiak, a former history teacher of Ahmed’s, described him as a “weird little kid” who built a remote control to interfere with a classroom projector. He said Ahmed was the kind of child who “could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang.”
Ahmed uses his platform as a celebrity to publicly whine about how bigoted he thinks the United States is. “If I was a Caucasian male, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten arrested,” he said.
Breitbart News noted pointedly:
Ironically, Ahmed Mohamed, who complained about disenfranchisement, will soon be moving to Qatar, where freedom of speech does not exist, dissent is not allowed, terrorists are honored as heroes, and non-Muslims are fair game for enslavement.
The media outlet emphasized that “Qatar, where Islam is the state-religion, treats non-Muslims like second-class citizens, and enslaves foreign workers.”
Back here at home, Ahmed has been feted at the White House by President Barack Hussein Obama. Before meeting the president, he said, “I’m going to talk to [Obama] about, like, how hard it is growing up in America. It was pretty hard living in America and going to school being Muslim.” Obama previously tweeted in support of Ahmed, praising his so-called clock, and inviting him for a visit: “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.”
And before attending the White House love fest, Ahmed went on a tour of Islamic theocracies overseas. He visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Sudan, embracing its genocidal president, Omar al-Bashir, an inspiration to jihadists everywhere who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
Ahmed’s residency in pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-Taliban Qatar, whose totalitarian government owns media outlet Al-Jazeera and underwrites the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, is being sponsored by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) which has invited the fake bomb-maker to join its QF Young Innovators Program. QF allegedly funds Hamas and Qatar was accused of funding Islamic State last year by German Minister Gerd Mueller.
Ahmed Mohamed, of course, is not a failure.
He’s CAIR’s idea of the ideal American student.
And President Obama’s.