Readin’, Writin’, and Jihadin’
Robert Spencer’s new pamphlet addresses the Islamization of our public schools.
“The commitment to ‘multiculturalism’ that has now taken over K-12 education in America has been a godsend for Muslims anxious to use schools and textbooks to proselytize for Islam.” So begins the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s new pamphlet, Readin’, Writin’, and Jihadin’: The Islamization of American Public Schools, by the prolific Robert Spencer, Director of the Center’s Jihad Watch website.
This sixty-page work is a quick read but a startling and crucial warning about the degree to which Islamic proselytization has already taken hold in our educational system and is accelerating.
Spencer is the author of many Freedom Center pamphlets as well as eighteen bestselling books, the latest of which is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (to be released August 8 from Bombardier Books). In his new pamphlet, he details jaw-dropping examples in recent years of a whitewashed version of Islam being presented in classrooms, textbooks, and special school events. He notes that the presentation of Islam goes far beyond educating the students about it to actively promoting it. No similar favorable attention is given in the classroom to Christianity or any other religion. Indeed, the anti-Christian bias accompanying the teaching of Islam is one of the most egregiously misleading aspects of this not-so-subtle proselytizing. Spencer notes that one textbook council reported, “While seventh-grade textbooks describe Islam in glowing language, they portray Christianity in a harsh light. … Islam is featured as a model of interfaith tolerance; Christians wage wars of aggression and kill Jews. Islam provides models of harmony and civilization. Anti-Semitism, the Inquisition, and wars of religion bespot the Christian record.”
Concepts central to Islamic history and theology, such as jihad, sharia, and dhimmitude, are downplayed in educational materials (when they are covered at all), and Islam is depicted as far more tolerant, inclusive, and peaceful than actual history suggests.
Spencer states that this serves a dangerous political agenda by dissociating Islamic ideology from terrorist acts carried out in its name. Some sources of this misinformation in schools go so far as to suggest that Islamic terrorism is justified, that Western exploitation, oppression, and aggression are to blame for such atrocities as the 9/11 attacks. The result is that young Western minds are indoctrinated into viewing their own values and culture with suspicion, while being dissuaded from understanding how fundamentalist Islam is a threat.
Spencer concludes that the “self-hatred mandated by multiculturalism in American public school students for decades now has created a vacuum, which Muslims have shown themselves to be all too eager to fill.”
Don’t miss this important addition to the Horowitz Freedom Center’s array of must-read pamphlets. Order your copy of Readin’, Writin’, and Jihadin’: The Islamization of American Public Schools here.