A world history textbook being used in Florida public schools is raising serious concerns over its alleged Islamic bias. The textbook, used in ninth grade Advanced Placement classes in Brevard County for the past three years, is now under review by the school board.
The book contains an entire chapter devoted to "Muslim Civilizations." Sean Hannity noted that it has zero chapters on Christianity or Judaism. The chapter teaches about the Prophet Muhammad and how he became God's messenger. It even describes jihad as a "holy war to defend Islam […] much like the Crusades to defend Christianity."
Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes has obtained a copy of the textbook. He told Hannity, "Through the entire chapter, Sean, Islam is defended. They talk about how wonderful Islam is to women. I mean, you'd think that they were having Victoria's Secret stores over there."
Starnes said the book attempts to re-write history by likening bad things in Christianity's history to a "massacre," but for Islam it's referred to as an "occupation."
Hannity asked why the text didn't cover comparative religions if it was going to discuss religion at all. Starnes said he hasn't received an answer from the publishing company, Pearson, on that question. In a prepared statement, they told Starnes, "A review of the book shows there is balanced attention given to the beliefs of Islam, Judaism and Christianity."
Starnes said this problem is bigger than Brevard County, Florida. He cited a survey by the Citizens for National Security that found that at least 80 textbooks currently in use are filled with Muslim bias.