By Bill Korach. St. Augustine www.thereportcard.org
Last night, Brigit Gabriel, President of ACT for America spoke to a packed auditorium of 600 at Crescent Beach Baptist Church on the topic of the proposed Obama nuclear agreement with Iran, and Islamic efforts to infiltrate US school. Ms. Gabriel stated that the Saudis have channeled hundreds of millions of petro dollars to US universities across the nation for the purpose of putting a positive spin on Islam. She pointed out that Harvard has been endowed with $20 Million and named at least 20 other colleges including The University of Florida.
Ms. Gabriel also indicated that indoctrination of America’s K-12 schools include use of 35 textbooks that falsify history in order to portray Islam in a favorable light and as a religion of peace. One fascinating historical fact mentioned was that the Yellow Star of David Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation was in fact created by a Muslim Mullah in the Middle Ages Caliph al-Mutawakkil (847–61).
Ms. Gabriel indicated that a new teacher’s lesson plan has incorporated requiring student to take Islamic names and discuss issues important to Muslims such as the idea that Israel is an army of occupation, and oppression.
An example of that lesson was reported by the Wisconsin Independant about Oak Grove elementary school:
Union Grove High School history teacher Beth Urban sent out an e-mail to students describing a future assignment where the student is asked to put themselves in the shoes of a Muslim.
According to the e-mail obtained by popular radio show host Vicki McKenna, the students were to write a five paragraph essay pretending to be a Muslim. The student is asked to write about the daily struggles that they would face as a Muslim student in the United States. The e-mail goes on to remind the students that class has been watching documentaries that have the facts needed to write the essay.
The assignment begs to have a few questions answered.
First of all, what documentaries were watched and who produced them? The Middle East is known for producing several “documentaries” that are full of propaganda and anti-American sentiment. Is that truly the type of video that our students should be exposed to? Were there other videos shown to balance the debate on the subject?
Is this assignment a conflict between separation of church and state? There have been many documented cases of Christian students being denied the ability to pray in public school and today’s history books have been mostly stripped of Christian history. Why is Christianity allowed to be shunned in our public schools while teachers are allowed to assign an assignment as religious based as this?
Most importantly, are the parents of Union Grove High School aware that this type of assignment is allowed in the school’s curriculum? How about the local school board?
The role of a history class is to teach history and not to show sympathy for any religious group. Hopefully the parents will remind the faculty of this so these type of assignments can be avoided in the future.
Ms. Gabriel stated that ACT had been a force behind Florida SB 864 that allows school districts to choose their own materials and not be forced to use the state’s recommendation.