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Sacramento schools’ history textbook advocates Islam, ignores Christianity, Judaism

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“This book does not really go into Christianity or the teachings of Christ, nor does it address religious doctrine elsewhere to the degree it does Islam,”

Sacramento , Jan 18, 2008 United States (CNA). – …

A student’s parent wrote to WorldNetDaily saying that the textbook “History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond,” published by the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, devotes large portions of seven chapters out of thirty-five total to Islam or Muslim topics. The religious teachings of Islam are covered in detail, while Christianity and other religions are neglected. “This book does not really go into Christianity or the teachings of Christ, nor does it address religious doctrine elsewhere to the degree it does Islam,” the concerned parent wrote.

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The concerned mother, who lives in Sacramento , became worried when her son started describing how the book teaches students to write in Arabic. “I was disturbed probably [because] the greatest portion of this book is about Islam.”

“I am very troubled that in the name of tolerance and educating American children about the Muslim empire in history they get away with giving beginning Islamic teaching which may cause many to perhaps one day become Muslims,” she said. “My son tells me that the students will even be using calligraphy to copy parts of the Quran in Arabic as an enrichment activity.”

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Quoting Muslim hadiths and the Quran, the text says jihad can become a physical struggle in which Muslims “fight to protect themselves from those who would do them harm or to right a terrible wrong.” The textbook also interprets the Quran as forbidding forced conversions to Islam.

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William J. Bennetta, president of the California-based Textbook League, described in a report the use of the “History Alive!” text in the Scottsdale , Arizona school system. Students were subjected to “prolonged indoctrination in Islam,” he wrote. “The writers of [the book], by relentlessly presenting Muslim religious tales and religious beliefs as matters of historical fact, have striven hard to induce students to embrace Islam.”

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