Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The following is an excerpt from a carefully-documented investigative report called Islam in American Classrooms: History or Propaganda? (PDF document):
The American Textbook Council found a stunning contrast between the portrayal of Islam as a model of interfaith "multicultural" tolerance and Christianity as the aggressor in many wars of religion throughout the centuries. While the textbooks present Islam in a broad and completely positive manner, the limited references to Christianity are cloaked in skepticism and negativity, with events such as the Inquisition and the Salem witch hunts highlighted in bold, black type. The Council also found that "When…Muslim groups attack Christian peoples, kill them, and take their lands, the process is referred to as 'building' an empire. Christian attempts to restore those lands are labeled as 'violent attacks' or 'massacres.'" These disturbing examples illustrate that the textbooks blatantly promote Islam while not-so-subtly denigrating Christianity; a proscribed practice and an affront to America‘s Judeo/Christian values.