A group that combats anti-Semitism is asking the governor of Tennessee to investigate school textbooks not only because of instances of anti-Semitism but also hundreds of inaccuracies, biases and disinformation, including anti-American and anti-Christian content.
The texts are in direct violation of the U.S. and Tennessee Constitutions by "teaching the religious dogmas of one religion," Islam, charges Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations.
Her Tennessee group educates media professionals, Christian leaders and Christians around the globe about the dangers of the "new anti-Semitism."
She is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to do a "full and thorough" review of the work that was done under Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who recently quit.
During Huffman's tenure, not only was the controversial federal-government program Common Core imposed on schools, but the Tennessee Textbook Commission adopted books that were found to contain more than 700 problematic sections.
The organization already has been busy holding textbook publishers accountable for their products' accuracy.
It was in early 2013 when PJTN launched a campaign to have a Pearson publication, a secondary school social studies text, removed because it promoted anti-Semitic views and a "moral equivalence" between Palestinian terrorism and the government of Israel.
The text was used in a Williamson County school.
The effort is now nationwide, and Cardoza-Moore and been invited to speak in a number of cities. And parents over and over have found objectionable material in their local schools' programs.
Parents in two Tennessee school districts recently asked PJTN about a presentation being used in their child's classroom to teach about Islam.
PJTN said the presentation "seemed to be very biased and inaccurate, badly out of date, and had no indication of the author/publisher, although five slides had an attribution of CAIR," the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR, founded by the Muslim Brotherhood as a U.S. front, has seen numerous leaders indicted for terrorism and was itself named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the Palestinian jihadist group Hamas.
PJTN also noted another school in which students were being taught about Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan's "egregious" accusations against George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Materials of that kind promote a subtle but subversive campaign to "rewrite history," Cardoza-Moore said.
"This type of blatant anti-Semitic, anti-Judeo/Christian and anti-American propaganda and disinformation has no place in our public schools, and it certainly should not be taught to our future leaders. We say we want our children to be able to think critically, but then we provide biased information that is inaccurate," she said.
For Tennessee, Cardoza-Moore said: "A statewide effort must be launched to remove this type of biased curriculum from our elementary, junior and senior high schools. I want to encourage parents to review their children's history and geography textbooks and handouts and hold their teachers and school administrations accountable to provide accurate and unbiased curriculum for their students. It is this type of disinformation that historically leads to violence against Jews and will ultimately lead to the downfall of our country."
Haslam should, she said, work with the legislature to tighten the limits on the selection of curriculum so that it reaches the "highest achievement standards."
"The so-called Common Core 'higher' standards are being exposed by the content in the curriculum and textbooks. Pearson Publishers, the company behind the Common Core standards, tests, curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials, must be removed from Tennessee schools," she said. "We do not pay taxes for our Tennessee Textbook Commissioners to approve inaccurate biased curriculum that do not reflect the values of the citizens of this state."
WND columnist and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly previously wrote about the "double standard" in teaching in public schools.
"Drop Christianity down the memory hole but give extensive and mostly favorable coverage to Islam," she wrote. "Even the mainstream media have provided extensive coverage of the steady stream of court cases and threatening letters from the American Civil Liberties Union aimed at removing all signs of Judeo-Christianity from public schools."
But she noted a study that reveals since the 1990s, "discussions of Islam are taking up more and more pages, while the space devoted to Judaism and Christianity has simultaneously decreased."
"The textbooks generally give a false description of women's rights under Islam. The books don't reveal that women are subject to polygamy, a husband's legal right to beat her, genital mutilation and the scandalous practice misnamed 'honor killings,' which allows a man to murder a daughter who dares to date a Christian," she continued. "Slavery is usually a favorite topic for the liberals, but historical revisionism is particularly evident in the failure to mention the Islamic slave trade. It began nearly eight centuries before the European-operated Atlantic slave trade and continues in some Muslim areas even today."
WND also reported when a campaign found textbooks used in Florida taught the following:
- The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem contained "symbolically, the throne of their invisible God."
- Jesus was a "Palestinian Jew" who grew up in Galilee amidst "militant Zealots."
- It was "a few followers" of Jesus who "spread the story" about his resurrection.
- While Islamic Arab warriors "rarely imposed their religion by force," Christian monks "by contrast," were busy converting "peoples of Central and Eastern Europe."
- Israel is to blame for terrorist attacks by Palestinians because they were "angered over the loss of their territory."
- When the Jewish state of Israel was born in 1948, the nation and its neighbors "went to war."
- It was because of the "loss of their territory to Israel" that "militant Palestinians responded with a policy of terrorist attacks."
- "The Quran permitted fair, defensive warfare as jihad, or 'struggle in the way of God'" and this was how Muhammad and his successors expanded their territory.
- And while Jesus is "believed" by followers to be the messiah, it's a fact that "Gabriel continued to send revelations to Muhammad over 22 years."
Martin Mawyer, president of Christian Action Network, whose group worked with Citizens for National Security on the study and its distribution, said, "We found some very skeptical phrasing meant to cast doubt on the historical accuracy of the Bible."
Even earlier, WND reported experts say American students are not getting a realistic picture of radical Islam, and textbook publishers are promoting the religion in public schools.
Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, a group that reviews history books, told Fox News the texts are sugarcoating Islamic extremism.
"Key subjects like jihad, Islamic law, the status of women are whitewashed," Sewall said.
In a two-year project concluding in a report authored by Sewall, the American Textbook Council reviewed five junior- and five high-school world and American history texts, concluding: "Many political and religious groups try to use the textbook process to their advantage, but the deficiencies in Islam-related lessons are uniquely disturbing. History textbooks present an incomplete and confected view of Islam that misrepresents its foundations and challenges to international security."