Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Houston School To Use IBA As A Teaching Tool


Yeah, I'm just bullshitting you. But, the reality is not any more shocking. The truth is, they are using a textbook which spends three whole chapters on Islam (including an entire chapter on "the Prophet Mohammed") while spending mere paragraphs on the world's other major religions.

Too much time on teachings of Islam?

Parents say seventh-grade textbook at Houston Elementary inappropriate

The parents of children at Houston Elementary School plan to complain to the school board about concerns they have with a seventh-grade history textbook, which they feel pays an undue amount of attention to the teachings of Islam.

When Jim Self asked his son last week what he was learning in school, he was surprised to hear his 12-year-old boy say that he was learning about the Prophet Muhammad.

That night Jim Self and his wife, Korina, flipped through their son's textbook, "History Alive!: The Medieval World and Beyond," and found at least three chapters dedicated to the Islamic faith, including an entire chapter dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad.

Since then, the couple has started a campaign to remove the textbook from their child's classroom. The book is used in classrooms throughout the district.

"I don't think we would have an issue about it if (it wasn't so) in-depth," said Jim Self, who fought in Iraq as a Marine from 2003 to 2004.

Among the Selfs' concerns about the textbook is its definition of the word "jihad," which is described in the book as "the human struggle to overcome difficulties and do things that would be pleasing to God."

The Selfs said the textbook mentioned Jesus only twice, and other major religions were only given a paragraph of explanation.

One of the Selfs' biggest concerns, though, is that such detailed explanation of Islam is a violation of the separation of church and state. "If he was in college and he was studying world religions, fine," Jim Self said.

"We're just regular people," Jim Self said.

The Selfs don't have an issue with their son learning about other cultures, but said that each culture should be represented equally.

"They want to take the Ten Commandments off the steps of the Supreme Court, but you're going to teach my 12-year-old son how to pray?" Jim Self asked.

In fact, the Selfs' asked that their son not be named to avoid unwanted repercussions.

But that didn't stop them from telling Houston Elementary's administration that their son will not be participating in history class, a request with which the school has complied.

Ask yourself, why has the school complied with the Self's request. The kid is in Elementary School. This is no elective class. This is history.

The reason the school has complied is



The local school administrators all need to lose their jobs, or the school needs to be defunded. This is a travesty.

In the future, if our governments do not get themselves calibrated on issues like this, we will be removing government officials from their offices by force.

The line is being drawn; here and no further.

We will not take anymore.

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