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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

(via LGF) This story is actually about a month old, as I posted about here (original item here), but this article is interesting, as it shows that speaking out does help.

By the way, the problem wasn't just the "focus" on Islam, it was that the book was just flat bad history.

AP: History book removed as parents complain about Islam focus

SCOTTSDALE - A world history textbook is no longer being used by seventh-graders at a local school amid criticism of the book's focus and portrayal of Islam.

The book, "History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond," was being used on a trial basis at Scottsdale's Mohave Middle School.

The removal came shortly after angry e-mails to the school district and entries on conservative Web logs...


"I received a significant number of e-mails saying (the book) was Islamic propaganda and we shouldn't use it," said district governing board member Christine Schild.

The textbook covers history from the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, devoting 33 pages to Christianity and 42 pages to Islam.

Complaints about the book started early this year, when parents sent a series of e-mails to Superintendent John Baracy demanding its removal.

However, before the board could take action, the book's publisher requested an end to its trial license with the district in March, and the district quit using the materials.

Parent Janie White is among those who complained. In a Jan. 25 e-mail to Baracy, she objected to what she believed was "religious bias, dogma, myth and proselytizing."

The district had not yet invited members of the Islamic community to discuss the book by the time it was pulled, but district spokesman Tom Herrmann said the school would have extended invitations.


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We don't need Islamic (or any other type of) propaganda in our schools !

I for one would like to see samples of what was published. I understand the distinction between levels of jihad, and the fact that it's been appropriated by the radical islamists to justify their own lust for savagery and power. And I think it's important that our children learn about the REAL islam. But I'm very tired of history books being re-written, whether by soft-peddling the extreme islamic treatment of women or changing Tom Sawyer's 'Injun Joe' character to 'Crazy Joe'.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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