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Investigation Looks For Muslim Bias In Texas Schools, Finds Christian Bias Instead

Investigation Looks For Muslim Bias In Texas Schools, Finds Christian Bias Instead

Written by Hamed Aleaziz

A bizarre chain email sent to district and school board officials in the Dallas area this October titled “IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM” inspired a recent investigation of “Islamic bias” in the district’s curriculum. Despite the outlandish claims, the district requested that an official from the organization that created the curriculum to respond. The results of a 72-page investigation done by the organization were not surprising: there’s a Christian bias in schools, not a Muslim one.

The official told the board that a bias toward Islam didn’t exist, even mentioning that “she hired a ‘very socially and fiscally conservative’ former social studies teacher who ‘watches Glenn Beck on a regular basis’ to seek out any Islamic bias in CSCOPE [the curriculum].” She “asked her to look for anything she would consider the least bit controversial.” The Dallas Morning News has the details of an investigation that mentioned “every religious reference in the CSCOPE curriculum, from kindergarten to high school”:

- Christianity got twice as much attention in the curriculum as any other religion. Islam was a distant second.

- The Red Crescent and Boston Tea Party reference mentioned in the email were nowhere in CSCOPE’s curriculum, although they may have been in the past.

- If there was any Islamic bias in CSCOPE it was “bias against radical Islam.”

This isn’t the first time Texas has debated the perceived presence of too much Islam in its school books. In 2010, the Texas Board of Education banned any books that “paint Islam in too favorable of a light.” The reasoning was head-scratching: “the resolution adopted Friday cites ‘politically-correct whitewashes of Islamic culture and stigmas on Christian civilization’ in current textbooks and warns that ‘more such discriminatory treatment of religion may occur as Middle Easterners buy into the US public school textbook oligopoly.’” A Texas based civil liberties advocate said at the time that “the members who voted for this resolution were solely interested in playing on fear and bigotry in order to pit Christians against Muslims.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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9:02AM PDT on May 5, 2014

No school should promote religion of any kind . And if they do no aid such as tax exempt status should apply to them. Just teaching the children about religion is wrong. It should be taught at home, not in the class room. I believe it is as Hitler put it give me your children before they are five and I will have them the rest of their lives. Meaning I will brain wash then because it is so easy to do. What ever happen to free will? We humans have to ability to reason, so why do the Christians and other sects fear this so much.?

9:54AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

What a waste of resources. Fiscally conservative my foot.

3:48AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Considering the fact that our country was founded on Jewish-Christian beliefs, Christianity should be mentioned more than any other religion.

2:32PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Klaus and others fail to understand that there are good and bad everywhere. 911 Has not been bad for just the Americans, it has been catastrophic for the Muslims throughout the world. Only people to benefit from this has been the Zionits who got every one of their wishes.

They plotted and carried out everything to perfection. Got a quick getaway on the first plane to Isreal and allowed to war dogs to prepare and destroy Millions of innocent lives throughout the world. The braves went out in their stealth planes and rained missiles, bombs and bullets on innocent men, women and children in their hundreds of thousands even Millions.

Arms sellers and manufacturers, Zionists, unscrupulous bankers and Bushes, Blairs and Chennies has come away the winners. The US and other nations service men and women have also come out losers of their lives, sanity and families.

The Saudis have only paid their Petro Dollars, Zionists received arms and Billions in aid to kill thousands of indigenous families and people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya have lost everything.

Showing animosity to the losers will not buy their friendship. Perhaps a change in attitude may help. Peace to all ....

7:32AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Remember 911, I will never forget that and it changed my way of thinking all together. I have no tolerace for Islam or Muslims anymore. So, do not tell me about political correctness, they use our weakness to kill us. Our do gooders are our biggest enemy playing into the hands of extremists.

1:51AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

@ Christopher M --- "... Christianity is a part of American politics,..."

Part of the 1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."

The 1st amendment guarantees freedom of and from religion. That means the separation of church and state. The founding fathers specifically stayed away from a state religion because of the religious persecutions they had witnessed or endured.

The only reason that Christianity is "a part of American politics" is because the fanatical evangelical pseudo Christian wingnuts either ignore the constitution or twist it to their own ends.

"... and radical Islam has attacked America..."

Yes it has. But American fanatical evangelical pseudo Christian wingnuts have also attacked Islam --- Qu'ran burnings, ring any bells among other things.

1:06AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Too bad so many of the narrow-minded opinion givers are perpetuating the 'christian vs islam' fearmongering with negative and snide comments. 'They' don't hate us for our religion or freedom. However, 'they' may hate us for 30-plus years of meddling in the governments and economies of their countries, especially imposing liberty and democracy with bombs and bullets.

8:50AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

noted

6:39AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Karl, having an appreciation of religion nowadays is important. Christianity is a part of American politics, and radical Islam has attacked America. It is important to know why these things are.

11:23AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

With reference to the far right religious described in the article:

Once people have been convinced to shut off their critical faculties to believe only what
a specific authority has told them to believe, they become unable to understand how blind
to reality this has made them.

They can no longer reason themselves across that forbidden bridge to the real world,
which they then perceive in the manner in which they have been taught, regardless of
irrefutable evidence to the contrary, because they have been told that their faith must
be stronger than the facts.

It would be easier to leave them to their own devices, if only they would then allow us to
be left to ours.

And if that world-view did not too-often include a notion that the world was given to us
as our play-toy, to do with as we will, and that Super-Jesus will swoop down to save (only)
them once it's destroyed...

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