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from The Textbook Letter, Volume 12, Number 1

Muslim Schoolbooks

William J. Bennetta

Let's review. Muslims are peaceful and kind and friendly, and they are especially friendly to Jews and Christians because Muslims worship the same god that Jews and Christians worship.

That is what students are learning in many American public schools, because the major producers of American schoolbooks routinely print rubbish -- devised and distributed by Muslim propagandists -- that is loaded with disinformation. The propagandists bray that Islam is congenial to Judaism and to Christianity, and that Muslims affectionately view Jews and Christians as comrades in monotheism -- and the schoolbook companies print those claims, as facts, in social-studies textbooks [see note 1, below] and history textbooks [note 2].

While students in our public schools read texts that portray Muslims as friends to Jews and Christians everywhere, students in Muslim schools read texts that vilify Jews, vilify Christians, and teach the students to view Jews and Christians with hostility and contempt. Educators can learn more about these matters by consulting two recent analyses of Muslim schoolbooks. Both will help teachers to expose and refute Muslim propaganda:

An abridged rendering of the AJC-CMIP report is displayed at http://ajc.org/InTheMedia/PublicationsPrint.asp?did=750 on the AJC's Web site.

Notes

  1. As an example, Prentice Hall's high-school book World Cultures: A Global Mosaic. See "Promoting Islam in American Schoolrooms" in The Textbook Letter, Vol. 11, No. 1. [return to text]

  2. As an example, Houghton Mifflin's middle-school textbook Across the Centuries. See "Houghton Mifflin's Islamic Connection" in TTL, Vol. 11, No. 3. [return to text]


William J. Bennetta is a professional editor, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the president of The Textbook League, and the editor of The Textbook Letter. He writes often about the propagation of quackery, false "science" and false "history" in schoolbooks.

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