This piece in Atlas Shrugs by Pam Geller is spot on, and links to an article about Schoolhouse Shariah, where the lessons whitewash Islamic violence and the oppression of women. As mentioned in the Schoolhouse Shariah article,
"California schools are pushing an unbalanced religious agenda that favors Islam and minimizes Christianity and Judaism," Accuracy in Academia warns in its latest Campus Report....
You can't teach the Ten Commandments in public schools. But teaching the five pillars of Islam is A-OK.
OBAMA 101: GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT
by Pamela Geller, September 25, 2009
Watch the videos below -- smacks of Stalin-ism and Goebbels style indoctrination. It is a stunning indictment of how random and dangerous the public education system is, and proof positive that parents must opt out of the system and demand vouchers for private schooling and vouchers for home schooling (vouchers for resources to home school adequately).
The left refuses to recognize the need for objectivity among men -- particularly men of different views and opinions. It's good that people in this great nation have varying opinions, provided we respect each other's rights. The left is incapable of this. It wasn't that long ago that a photo of Bush was not permissible in many private schools.
Is leftwing propaganda the cause of young Americans' hatred of capitalism? I think teachers are responsible for a good deal of that. Schools have no right playing politics with our children. It's a terrible infringement of rights.
Groups of parents must start schools for our children. It is appalling at what is being taught in public schools. There would be no vested interest in such a movement. We are not slaves or prisoners. We must opt out of this morally infected system of indoctrination.
The power of ideas is inestimable. We must take back our individual rights.
UPDATE: OT related: Schoolhouse Shariah (IBD)
Multiculturalism: California's educrats have put out new rules for teaching Islamic studies to seventh-graders in public schools, and they are as biased as ever. They'll also likely spread eastward.
The lesson guidelines adopted by the bellwether state whitewash the violence and oppression of women codified in Islamic law, or Shariah. And they're loaded with revisionist history about the faith.
For example, the suggested framework glorifies Shariah as a liberal reform movement that "rejected" the mistreatment of women that existed in Arabia before Muhammad and his successors conquered the region, according to Accuracy in Academia. The guidelines claim that Islamic law established for the first time that men and women were entitled to equal "respect."
Not so, says Islamic scholar and author Nonie Darwish, who grew up Muslim in Egypt.
"I am shocked that that is what they teach," she said. "Women had more rights in Arabia before Shariah."
In fact, "wife beating is allowed under Shariah" today, she added. "It allows a woman seen without a headdress to be flogged, punishes rape victims, and calls for beheading for adultery."
California's course on world religions also omits Islam's long history of jihadist violence, while portraying Christianity as an intolerant and bloodthirsty faith.
Christianity isn't given equal time, either. It's covered in just two days — as opposed to up to two weeks for Islam — and doesn't involve kids in any role-playing activities like the Islam unit.
Students do get a healthy dose of skepticism about the Christian faith, including a biting history of its persecution of other people.
Islam, in contrast, gets a pass from critical review. Even jihad is presented as an "internal personal struggle to do one's best to resist temptation," not waging holy war.
I find it a bit ironic that politicians whose legislation is filled with pork would advocate the teaching of Islam (hat tip Jonathan Galt)
UPDATE: Where’s America? Where are the Americans? Life in a Fourth-Grade Public School