Publisher Gets Threats Over “Positive” Portrayal Of Islam


What went from one parent complaining about a lesson plan he thought was too “positive” of a view of the Islamic culture has allegedly turned into a barrage of “terroristic” threats on the publisher of the material, with the company and its staff receiving multiple harassing calls and emails.

As Talking Points Memo reports, “Hal Medlin, the parent of a student at Campbell Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia, complained to the school about an assignment that he said ‘slanted positively’ toward Islam.”  The lesson was supposed to help students discuss the positives and negatives of dress codes, with one fictitious letter from a Muslim woman discussing why she wears a hijab, as well as additional letters from other cultures.

The publisher, InspireEd, states that the letter in question was taken from a larger lesson plan on Middle Eastern studies, which was approved by the Department of Education, and wasn’t meant to “espouse any specific beliefs or tenets.”  But that hasn’t stopped InspirEd from being the recipient of a hate mail and phone calls, as well as blog posts and websites posting what have been referred to as “terroristic threats.”

Local law enforcement is providing extra security while the threats are being investigated.


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Tom Dundee
Tom Dundee4 years ago

Dr C

I am not exactly sure as to the point you are trying to make.

The KKK and Islamic terrs are the best of buddies. David Duke was a big hit with the Mad Mollos of Iran when they hosted a Holocaust Denial Conference a few years ago.

Americans are not the ones practicing regressive herding, I've never heard that one before.

Boycotting of stores or threatening to boycott a store has been going on for some time now.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue4 years ago

This is not any much different than the KKK burning crosses on the lawns of folks who don't just "go along to get along".

Recently big box store Lowe's hardware was bullied into pulling sponsorship from the cable channel TLC’s [All-American Muslim] reality show.
Google( Lowe's hardware Muslims)

The extreme expression of the regressive herding instinct (racism) is always just under the surface with the knuckle draggers waiting for any any cover to let it off the leash.

michael c.
corbin m.4 years ago

Americans making threats against a company that didn't threaten them, on the basis of hate, bigotry and fear?! Surely not!

js Tar
j l4 years ago

Dear friends
I apologize to you all for not being able to answer your questions about islam because of certain circumstances ,So If you have any question please send your mail to people on ImanWay which is an Islamic Web-Link on:
Hope to be with you again,may Allah guide your souls the right path ,Amen.

js Tar
j l4 years ago

Dear Annmari
You're saying"Remember how many people criticizing Islam that have been killed, threatened and attacked. van Gogh, Salman Rushdie, Lars Vilks, Jyllands-Posten. The list can go on forever,,unfortunately, because Islam is a violent religion that does not accept other beliefs, criticism and people leaving the religion"
In the Islamic history, beginning with the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Muslims were never taught to attack any religion whether by destroying places of worship or burning books or material. Muslims' ultimate aim is to share what he/she believes is the truth, a Muslim must respect others and expect to be respected by others. Attacking religions, therefore, cannot be justified under any pretext.
Concerning the matter of how islam deals with people leaving religion,let me tell you that there is no firm ground for the claim that apostasy is in itself a mandatory fixed punishment (hadd), namely capital punishment.

js Tar
j l4 years ago

The preponderance of evidence from both the Qur'an and Sunnah indicates that there is no firm ground for the claim that apostasy is in itself a mandatory fixed punishment (hadd), namely capital punishment. References to early capital punishment for apostasy were not due to apostasy itself, but rather other capital crimes that were coupled with it.
In the context of the besieged early Muslim community, apostasy was a major threat to the nascent Muslim community. Taking a passive attitude towards it would have jeopardized the very emergence of the Muslim community. This may be one reason why the consensus of scholars is that apostasy is an offense (in the context of an Islamic society). However, there are wide divergence of views about its suitable punishment. Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh argues that "we can conclude that the issue of the penalty prescribed for apostasy is dependent on the public interest of the nation. Therefore, there is no harm in ignoring the apostasy of an individual as long as he or she does not harm the nation. On the other hand, if a group of apostates endangers the security and interests of the Muslim community, then the Muslim ruler should consider them to be a danger and threat to society." Read it more on:

js Tar
j l4 years ago

You're saying" After the false accusations by the imams about the Muhammed pictures, Scandinavian embassies and churches were burned down in islamic countries."
such instigating and harmful calls, i.e. the ridiculing of Prophet Mohammed , will only pour oil on the fire and increase the misery of the world. We are all in need for the source of Mercy and Guidance in the person and the Call of Prophet Mohammed .

js Tar
j l4 years ago

We believe that the ridiculers and defamers of the personality of Mohammed , his life, his mission and his biography block people and prevent them from approaching such source of mercy and guidance. This act will add to the instability of the international community all over the world. People will lack peace and tranquility and even social stability when they feel threatened with their figures and spiritual leaders.It is saddening and disappointing to see the bad situation of human society nowadays. In spite of all technological advancements in various branches of science and amazing worldly discoveries, we could hear hoarse voices and writings from some world-class capitals that have poor projections of holy and virtuous people. The claim of "freedom-of-speech" does not entitle anyone to attack others and harms them.The claim of Jyllands-Posten newspaper that they allow, promote and practice freedom-of-speech, by publishing cartoons ridiculing Mohammed the Prophet of Islam, is a non-convincing claim. All worlds' constitutions and international organizations insist on and demand to respect all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah, the Almighty. Moreover, they confirm the necessity to respect the Divine Messages, respect others and do not attack the privacy, dignity and honor and principles of others. In the International World Federation Council of media and press people, it is stated:Media people must be aware of risks that may arise as a result of prejudice and discriminati

js Tar
j l4 years ago

The Council would exert every possible effort to avoid being involved in such calls, which are based on prejudice and religion, sex or other social differences discrimination. This action will continue to hurt and harm all Muslims so long we live on the face-of-this-earth. Denmark, if does not deal with this problem on a fair ground, will also continue to be a source of harm and convulsion to many Muslims. Ridiculing important figures does not serve the interests of Denmark or even Europe. Wise men and women in Christian western countries must learn and realize that instigating others would have great risks on their people as well as their interests in various other countries all over the globe. In fact, this would even have a negative effect on their own country's interest. Such instigating remarks may well lead to more violence and hatred. It is wise to stop issuing such instigating remarks. We would like to remind also with the decree which the Human Rights Agency in the United Nations adopted on the 12th of April, 2005. This decree insisted on the ban of distortions and vicious attacks against religions and especially Islam; which had been strongly attacked in the last few years Hence, I call upon the non-Muslims, to read the noble biography of the honorable Prophet and Messenger of Allah, the Almighty. He is the perfect man, the perfect leader, the perfect teacher, the perfect human being, the perfect father and the perfect all-in-all can read it on: http://www.i

js Tar
j l4 years ago

you're saying" There are no islamic countries that equal men and women, protect minorities and have freedom of expression, speech and assembly."
There is little point in discussing how well or badly so called 'Islamic countries' are living up to the teachings of Islam, or why. First it is necessary to clear up misunderstandings of what those teachings are.Women are equal to men in the sight of God but they have in some respects different roles in life to men because of their different natures.They differ psychologically, physiologically, and biologically from men. This makes them more suitable than men for certain responsibilities and less suitable than men for others.Islam recognises these differences.