Commentator and syndicated columnist Tony Blankley writing for Townhall, gifts us with a piece that is deserving of more than a cursory scan.
“The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion,” by Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra is the book Blankley assesses, providing shocking examples of Islam being taught as the “truth” while America’s Judeo-Christian heritage is given short shrift — with phrases such as “Judaism is a story of exile” and “Christians believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah” but that the Quran “is the collection of God’s revelations to Muhammad.”
The authors describe how American textbooks have gone so far as to outright proselytize Islam to student readers. Islam — and only Islam — is described as historical truth in numerous prominent public-school textbooks. Those same textbooks, repeatedly refer to Christianity and Judaism equally as mere notions of their believers.
They also cite the textbook “Holt World History,” where one can read that Moses “claimed to receive the Ten Commandments from god,” but “Mohammed simply ‘received’ the Koran from God.” The textbook “Pearson’s World Civilizations” instructs that Jesus of Nazareth is “believed by Christians to be the Messiah” — which, Blankley writes, “would be a fine comparative religion study observation”, if the book didn’t also disclose that Muhammad “received revelations from Allah.”
The grievance group that has become particularly adept at influencing textbook publishing is the organized Muslim lobby. The founder of the Council on Islamic Education, the chief Islamic group for vetting textbooks in the United States, refers to his work as a “bloodless revolution inside American junior high and high school classrooms.”
With the acquiescence of the National Education Association (NEA), he is sadly correct.
Blankley, former press secretary to then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, concludes “The Trouble with Textbooks” is a wake-up call to the parents of America to fight back to reinsert the truth of our history in our children’s textbooks and classrooms