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Turkey: School Textbooks Teach Hate Against Assyrian Christians

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Turkey committed genocide against 3million Armenian, Greek & Assyrian Christians in the early 20th century & textbooks still teach hate against them while the government is still destroying what remains of the 1000s of Christian churches left from then.

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Gillian M (218)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 7:44 am
Of course it is the Christian's fault, they exist. Turkey did not attack other countries and commit genocide and their view of history is fair and accurate - this is according the to Muslim side!

Reality is that they have been taught to hate and perpetuate that hate by teaching it and Turkey is not the only Muslim country to do so. Other countries teach their children to hate Jews, Israel and the West.

These same countries want to rewrite our text books to teach that Islam is wonderful and wouldn't it be a good idea if we all became Muslims.....

bob m (32)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 8:11 am



Gene J (290)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 8:25 am
"Turkey's aspirations to become an EU member have seen serious setbacks as the country continuously fails to respect human rights and the rights of its ethnic minorities."

Though they happily take in defecting Syrian generals. No, they should not be part of any civilized body of nations until they become a civilized nation themselves.

Alexa R (319)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 9:14 am
This sadly comes as no surprise on two fronts, but firstly: Christian population in the Arab Middle East has plunged from 20% a century ago to less than 5% today and is still rapidly falling.

- In Egypt: 200, 000 Coptic Christians fled their homes last year after beatings and massacres by Arab Spring mobs.
- In Baghdad, Iraq, 20 Churches have been burned and 1000 Christians killed, causing more than half of this million member community to flee since 2003.
- In Iran conversion to Christianity is a capital offense and pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death earl 2012.
- Saudi Arabia outlaws private Christian prayer.

As 800,000 Jews were once expelled from Arab countries, so are Christians being forced from lands the have inhabited for centuries. How long before Christians are expelled from Britain, EU, USA? [First the come for the Jews, then the Christians, then the Buddhists ...]

Beth S (330)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 9:32 am
Well, after the Islamists came to power, kicked the secularists out, this is no surprise, yet sad it is.

Islam, as a supremacist ideology, believes any other faith is way beneath them and is to either be subjected, converted forcibly or otherwise or wiped out.

One way of attempting to instill the notion of the greatness of Islam is to do it in tandem with denigrating other faiths.

In addition, too many non-Muslims became successful in secularist Kemal Turkey, and economic disparities between the population can help feed the hatred of Muslims towards the other religions and ethnic groups in Turkey. And it should be taken seriously, especially with a 3 million victim genocide already on Turkey's hands.

Islamic Turks have also been pushing to be the leaders of the Sunni world with its concomitant control of policy and access to numerous markets and prestige.

Alexa R (319)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 9:56 am
Secondly, I'm unsurprised -- even British school textbooks are now following this hate-teaching of Judaism, I quote:

A religious studies textbook is so littered with errors confusing Judaism and Islam that it has prompted a school to produce its own four-page leaflet of corrections, The Telegraph reported.

The AQA English exam board’s religious studies textbook for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), produced by the educational publishers Nelson Thornes, was so ridden with misinformation that staff at the Jewish Free School (JFS), in Kenton, North West London, have been forced to issue a list of corrections.

"It was so bad, the teacher kept telling us, 'Don't listen to this, ignore this, half of this is wrong,’” one student said.

The Telegraph report quotes a parent telling the Jewish Chronicle, “The textbook contains countless errors and general, confused assertions about Judaism. The factual errors are laughably bad.”

"A section headed 'Reform Judaism' in fact talks about the practice of Orthodox Jews. A picture of a person kneeling in prayer, described as a Jew, is in fact a Muslim, while a picture of Jews ostensibly at a Seder table, is a Shabbat meal,” the parent continued. "Other assertions in the text, including commentaries on women who wear wigs, and why Jews think they do what they do, are misleading and offensive."

Religious studies GCSE is a compulsory examination at JFS and an estimated 300 students take the exam each year. The parent said that GCSE students at JFS had been instructed to look at the school's corrections each time they needed to refer to the textbook.

JFS had to reach agreement with the AQA that if students used the correct information about Judaism it would not be marked incorrect by examiners, because it did not coincide with the information in the textbook.

"AQA doesn't publish text books. We do liaise with publishers to try to ensure references to our syllabus are accurate; however the publisher is responsible for the content of the book and, therefore, any errors,” said a spokesperson for AQA.

"JFS brought the errors to our attention and we raised them with the publisher,” the spokesperson continued. “This book is being reprinted by the publisher and we have asked them to address these concerns."

The school's head-teacher, Jonathan Miller, said, "We have worked closely with AQA over the past year and are pleased that they are preparing a new draft of the Judaism text book which will deal with any inaccuracies."

Steven Mintz, the head of Jewish studies at Manchester's King David High School, confirmed that he had co-written the textbook, but declined to comment further, according to The Telegraph.

Sue H (7)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 10:05 am
Very disturbing. Teach tolerance!

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Thursday November 8, 2012, 10:18 am
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Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 12:11 pm
What goes into text books world wide anymore today is a sad state of affairs! To push an agenda is what most textbooks display today...nothing about's just to push an agenda!!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday November 9, 2012, 12:05 am
Turkey is trying desperately to become part of the European Union - but it has not committed itself to becoming a democracy in the M.E. It is quick to anger and attack at the slightest provocation. Its human rights record is appalling, it is still destroying Christian churches and allows its school text books to continue with hate filled indoctrination of the young. Turkey has a long way to go before we see its 'bona fides'.

bob m (32)
Friday November 9, 2012, 7:23 pm

Well: I always did say..."lets talk turkey'... but now I guess i just wouldn't know where to start....

Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:36 am
Why should we show an iota of surprise? Turkey has a long history of conquest and Imperialism and though it has lost some territory over the centuries it still has Imperialistic aspirations. To this end it invaded and sequestered half the island of Cyprus that it keeps in line with 30,000 or more troops as well as air force aircraft and personal. This it did with the tacit support of the USA and the UK who both consider Turkey a “valuable NATO member” and above reproach. The USA and Germany continue to economically prop up Turkey by shifting production (e.g. GM) from Europe and UK and USA to Turkey in spite of the under employment problems in the EU and the USA. Turkey considers Armenia, Macedonia and Greece “lost Islamic territories” and with the slightest encouragement would re-invade those countries. Most of our left wing hypocrites in the EU would ignore the illegal Cyprus occupation and give Turkey membership of the EU tomorrow if it were their choice entirely. If the dominant religion of Turkey was Judaism or Christianity can you imagine the volume of outrage that would emanate from our Human Rights brigade over the invasion and occupation of Cyprus and the continuing assault on the Kurdish people?

Stan B (123)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 3:20 am
The election of this Islamist government in Turkey is going to set the country back many years. I just hope the Turkish people have the nous to see the monster that has been created and get rid of it at the next election...................... if they can!!!

Roger G (154)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:51 pm
noted, thanks !

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 3:18 pm
Yes, and in Texas they want to eliminate evolution and slavery from textbooks. When will human beings grow up and honestly face ourselves and our history?

Marie W (67)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 5:38 pm
Not the only one rewriting history and teaching bigotry.

reft h (66)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:03 am
sadly noted

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 4:15 am
Thanks, sadly noted.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:34 am
Perhaps the Turks are taking lessons from the Texas Board of Education, NOM, FRC, AFA to name just a few of the American Jihadi of the Christian Taliban of America, known not only for their absolute intolerance of those who do not follow Their Particular Christianity and are working like hell to turn America in to a Christian version of Iran. Damn even the USAFA(United States Air Force Academy) has a long, sordid and continuing history of teaching religious intolerance and condoning active religious intolerance. You might also look to Exodus International, the Family, Rick Warren et alia working in Uganda, Ghana and other African Nations on such things as the "Kill the Gays Bill'-Uganda, the Gays in Concentration camps in Ghana and else where.
I have to admit that this all sounds remarkably like the "Gulen-Gulen Movement" controversy in Turkey. If you read Turkish writers, Celinkaya or Yanardag, Gulen is a Papist trying to Christianize Muslims, a Zionist, a CIA puppet for the US working to help the West exploit the Middle East through his uber-moderate Islamic views. If you read English writers, Michael Rubin or Rachael Sharon-Kespin, they portray Gulen as a radical Islamist trying to turn Trukey awat from Israel and the West toward Russia and Iran, a second Khomeini trying to make Turkey an Islamic State, trying to resurrect the Ottoman Empire, an Anti-Semite, Anti-Christian and Anti-Western. The Problem is that all four of the above authors use exactly the same sources to back up their totally opposite claims. Personally I will sand with Turkey as is, with its long history of legally and Constitutionally enforced secularism.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:38 am
P.S. If you plan to go down the path of Genocide you had better look at the 1) the Catholic Church, 2) the US history with the Indigenous Americans, that would include intentionally trying to exterminate the American Bison as a means of exterminating the Indigenous Americans and 3) the collaboration of the US and the RCC to extinguish and/or absorb the Indigenous cultures.

Vanessa Escobar (9)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 8:53 pm

Monday November 12, 2012, 1:58 am
Lloyd; whilst history has some relevance there is not much that can be done to change the past. We can however avoid the red herrings and focus on the present. The present shows us that Turkey, here and now, invaded and still occupies a big chunk of foreign territory with a 40,000 strong army. Northern Cyprus is considered by the international community and the UN “military occupation of foreign territory”. Not only did Turkey move in with a large military force, it has encouraged immigration from Turkey to N Cyprus in a classic Imperialistic stance. Right now, this year, this week, the Turkish government continues to hammer the Kurds both within their borders and without. Ataturk in 1924 did indeed create a secular state but only the blind deaf or dumb could not fail to notice Turkey’s gradual move away from Western style secularism towards Islamic government values, particularly with the present regime, that is also intolerant of opposition and criticism. There are many reference points discussing these situations and here are a couple found after a random 1/2 minute search – and no I have not checked authenticity in detail:

Jay S (116)
Monday November 12, 2012, 3:56 am
Lloyd H, you criticize Texas, which we certainly do too for many things, but then you give your big stamp of approval to Turkey? When's the last time the state of Texas ordered the mass killings and ethnic cleansing (the word Attaturk used when he ordered the elimination of all Christians from the land the Turks invaded, conquered and took by force that had been Christian and settled by Assyrians and Greeks for thousands of years) of Muslims? When's the last time the state of Texas, as goofy as it can be, then set about destroying thousands of mosques?

As far as textbooks go, check out your local schools' texts from 7th grade on now and see how CAIR and other Muslim hate groups have quietly pressured publishers to write out all mention of Islam's history of violent conquest and oppression, mass murders and intolerance over the last 1400 yrs. See how they've now turned Mohammed into a Christ-like man of love, kindness and peace instead of the mass murdering, warlord, bandit, pedophile, rapist, slave owner etc that he was, even clearly shown in Muslim texts. Can anyone match that? Where's your outrage over that, you and all the other ill-informed leftists. It's people like you that give progressives a bad name.

Turkey still doesn't have freedom of religion for non-Muslims (no Muslim country does) for the few frightened Christians still living there, and they are still persecuting them. Where is the outrage over this? Some idiot threatens to burn a Qur'an and you and the media and our so-called leaders go into hysterics, but none of you utters a peep about the ethnic cleansing and genocide going on throughout the Muslim occupied world right now against all non-Muslims. Have you seen the photos of the little Buddhist kids beheaded in southern Thailand by Islamists trying to drive out the Buddhists so they can make another glorious Islamic paradise? Do you care about that?

The first time the word 'genocide' was used was for Turkey's and your 'secular' hero Attaturk and his 'Young Turks' extermination of all Christians in the land the Turks stole from them. Turkey still refuses to admit to this well documented fact. And you defend this? Secular? Murdering 3 million people because they aren't Muslims? You call this 'secular'? Right now Turkey is persecuting and harassing a 1700 y/o Christian monastery in eastern Turkey, trying to drive the few remaining monks out. They will surely destroy this World Heritage site, as they have all the other non-Muslim ones. Secular?
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