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Leftist Profs: Paris Massacre Fault of US, Islamophobia

Prof. Juan Cole University of Michigan

Prof. Juan Cole
University of Michigan

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The academic left, that is to say the majority of history and political science professors an American universities, continues to blame American actions and Western thought on Islamic violence. For example, according to University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole, the Charlie Hebdo murderers, the Kouashi were “radicalized” by Bush. Thus Harvard students are able to say with a straight face that America is a greater threat to the world than ISIS. Out of control political correctness an American universities and now in K-12 has become threat to the national security of the United States).


By Cinnamon Stillwell Campus Watch

Middle East studies professors responded to the attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris earlier this month not with rigorous, informed analysis or even unadultered sympathy for those gunned down in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. Their reaction was instead precisely what one has come to expect from academics more concerned with shielding Islam from blame and shifting responsibility for its adherents’ actions to the West than with the disinterested pursuit of truth.

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole accused the Bush/Cheney administration and the Iraq War of “radicalizing” terrorist brothers, Sharif and Said Kouashi:


Maybe the staff at Charlie Hebdo would be alive if George W. Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney hadn’t modeled for the Kouashi brothers how you take what you want and rub out people who get in your way.


In Cole’s conspiracy-mongering imagination, attacking the magazine was “a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public” by playing “into the hands of Marine LePen and the Islamophobic French Right wing,” provoking “European society into pogroms against French Muslims,” and bolstering “al-Qaeda recruitment.”

University of California, Riverside creative writing professor Reza Aslan claimed that an “anti-Muslim backlash” had created “tension among the Muslim population in Europe and non-Muslim population,” leading “a lot of young Muslims” to “feel angry, perhaps, threatened, enough to actually take up violence.” His equivocating caused the interviewer to stress, “in no way are you saying that violence is ever right in this particular situation; you are explaining the conditions that precipitated this.”

Omid Safi, director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, opposed treating “this as a freedom of speech issue” because, he argued, “French society, like many other European societies, is awash in a wave of anti-immigrant xenophobia.” He excoriated the French for using the “freedom to offend” to target “again and again communities that are marginalized and ostracized.” He then blamed colonialism:


The traumas of the French Muslim population today are linked to and an extension of the violence inflicted by the French on Muslims colonized for decades.


True to form, Safi split hairs in objecting to the media’s use of the term “Islamists” to define the perpetrators:

If we define being an Islamist as someone who’s committed to establishing an Islamic state, there is no proof of that commitment on the part of the shooters. It seems more prudent to simply call them what we know they were: violent criminals.


Islamic terrorism, however, is merely a means to the same end.

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Other academics followed suit. Hofstra University Islamic studies professor Hussein Rashid, claiming that Muslims in Europe “feel like they are besieged” and view satirizing Islam “as bullying,” concluded that, “it is not so much about religious anger, as it is about vengeance.” Ingrid Mattson, who chairs Islamic studies at Huron University College in Ontario, tweeted that, “The attack on #CharlieHebdo is not about Islam vs the West. Many Muslims have had their heads taken off by fanatics who detested their views,” as if the Paris terrorists were motivated by Muslim-on-Muslim violence.

Meanwhile, Khaled Fahmy, a historian at the American University of Cairo who has taught Islamic studies at New York University, argued that religion was “just a veneer” for resentment against “colonial powers” and Western “Orientalist” condescension. “It is the nonviolence that needs to be explained, not the violence,” he asserted. Taking the willful blindness even further, M. Steven Fish, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley stated, “Is Islam violent? I would say absolutely not. There is very little empirical evidence that Islam is violent.”

Hatem Bazian, director of the apologetic Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at the University of California, Berkeley, maintained that the attack “has nothing to do with Islam in general” and presented a laundry list of “racism, discrimination, bigotry, Islamophobia, [and] anti-Semitism” as the culprits. Claiming that, “it is utterly wrong to assign blame to Islam of old and assert that this is the pre-modern imposing itself on the modern world,” Bazian made an obscene charge against critics of radical Islam:

[T]he Islamophobic industry in Europe and the U.S. are happier the more such murderers in Paris, Yemen, Iraq, and Nigeria authenticate with violent actions their distorted and racist views of Islam and the Prophet.

Mark LeVine, a history professor at the University of California, Irvine, joined the chorus of denial:

[U]ltimately the violence against Charlie Hebdo is not about Islam per se; it’s about a contemporary world system that is particularly adept at grinding down whatever decent values exist in Islam and other faith systems (and in liberal capitalism as well).

Noting that “the Charlie Hebdo attackers are reportedly of Algerian descent and the third from Senegal,” LeVine declared, “Where does the story begin? Quite simply with colonialism.”

Muqtedar Khan, a political scientist at the University of Delaware, acknowledged the terrorists’ ideology, but made an intellectually vacuous argument of moral equivalency by referring to, “the twin threats to us all – Islamophobia in the West and Muslim radicalism everywhere.” Khan worried that “Muslims in the West, who live as weak and marginalized minorities, will now be confronted with more Islamophobic discourses, policies and hate crimes,” which, he predicted, “will lead to more radicalization, more despicable acts, and then another stronger backlash.”

University of California, Los Angeles law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl bemoaned the “radicalizing role” of France’s “particularly exaggerated racial and ethnic problem,” claiming that the “French government has an obligation to identify areas where people might be particularly vulnerable,” such as “artists, or at synagogues, or a mosque targeted by white racists.” Obfuscating further, he stated:

Times of crime and murder are not the time to quibble over whether freedom of speech is a Western value or a Christian value or a Muslim value.

University of California, Los Angeles English professor Saree Makdisi objected to the “binary structure” and the “colonial and post-colonial conflict” allegedly “looming behind the whole Charlie affair”:

“We” in the West are rational, good, modern and free (just don’t bring up the sordid legacy of colonialism, slavery, religious wars, etc.), while “they” are backward, bad, irrational and violent.

Instead, he touted the platitude, “Every culture has its mix of tolerance and intolerance, right and wrong, freedom and its absence.”

Echoing President Barack Obama, Oxford University Islamic studies professor Tariq Ramadan employed the vague term, “violent extremism,” which, he claimed, is “not only a Muslim business.” Rather than express sympathy, Ramadan accused Charlie Hebdo’s editors of “target[ing] Muslims” for the purpose of “making money,” adding, “It has nothing to do with courage.”

Similarly, former DePaul University professor Norman Finkelstein claimed that, “Charlie Hebdo is sadism. It’s not satire,” and equated it with Der Stürmer, a weekly newspaper in Nazi Germany notorious for its anti-Semitic caricatures:

So, two despairing and desperate young men act out their despair and desperation against this political pornography no different than Der Stürmer, who in the midst of all of this death and destruction decide it’s somehow noble to degrade, demean, humiliate and insult the people. I’m sorry . . . I have no sympathy for [the staff of Charlie Hebdo].

Georgetown University history professor Abdullah Al-Arian held Western civilization responsible—“from Voltaire and the Enlightenment to the present”—for “anti-Muslim cultural production,” “the rise of a pervasive Islamophobic atmosphere,” and a “wave of anti-Muslim terrorism.” Ignoring centuries of Islamic aggression and supremacism, he maintained that “the abhorrent violence by some Muslims is a recent phenomenon.”

Columbia University Iranian studies professor Hamid Dabashi made an ahistorical analogy by likening “the current wave of Islamophobia in Europe” to “classical European anti-Semitism.” Denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s inclusion in the Paris unity rally following the attacks, Dabashi offered this odious comparison:

I leave it to you to ponder the bizarre irony of Zionist propaganda partaking and exacerbating this Islamophobia—or is it an irony—where Zionism to Judaism stands like Islamism to Islam.

One might expect acts of unadulterated evil like the massacres in Paris to be met with unqualified condemnation from the American professoriate. But obfuscation, moral relativism, apologetics, and anti-Western bigotry are the strong suits of today’s Middle East studies establishment. Islamists seeking to forbid criticism of radical Islam and undermine Western law and culture can count on their allies in academe.

Cinnamon Stillwell is the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org

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Colorado HS Students Forced to Wear Hajib on Mosque Field Trip


By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

A Colorado school district has come under fire from parents in the community when a local middle school told girls that they will have to submit to sharia-compliant rules regarding covering their heads and ankles on a field trip to a Muslim mosque in Denver.

According to Western Journalism, the Douglas County School District, located just south of Denver county, informed students and parents that their daughters must abide by an imposed dress code for the world religions field trip taking place Tuesday, January 13. “All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque,” the notice read.


KNUS radio host Peter Boyles reports the Douglas County school system issued these rules to students in a notification to parents:

The world religions field trip is next Tuesday, January 13. We will be visiting the Denver Mosque, the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and the Rodef-Shalom Synagogue. We will then eat lunch at Park Meadows Food Court. Students must either bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at the food court.

THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP: All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque.

“Public schools are forbidden from holding girls to different standards than boys,” Boyles notes. “They’re holding these girls to a different standard – it’s a religious reason.

“Islam dictates many, I believe – personal belief – repressive practices against women and Islamophobia will trump womens’ rights. Animal rights every time, and the environment.”


Boyles says, “That’s their belief – that’s wonderful. But don’t apply it to public school kids.”

He notes there is a difference between an individual visiting a house of worship voluntarily and complying with its rules, versus a school requiring students to comply with them.

According to Boyles, the mosque is the only place students will be visiting that has a strict dress code.

He urged his listeners to call the school system to get answers.

“Sharia in the classroom,” Pamela Geller says succinctly on her website.

“Here again we see anywhere American law and Islamic law conflict, it is American law that has to give way.”

Geller adds, “The subjugation and oppression of women are enshrined under the sharia. Young school girls should not be forced to “respect” a dress code that represents honor violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage et al.”

So far, the school district has not responded to Boyles’ report.


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“Islamophobe” A Noun or a Threat?



By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org


In light of the Islamic massacre of the staff of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I am rethinking what it means to be labeled an Islamophobe. The Report Card has published a number of articles about the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is the US face of Hamas a terrorist organization. For these fact based articles, I was named an “Islamophobe” in CAIR’s annual Florida Report. In November last year, this news story appeared in The Report Card about the annual report.



“The Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR), the American face of HAMAS, a terrorist organization as recognized by the State Department, produced their 2014 Florida Annual Report this month naming Report Card publisher William Korach an “Islamophobe.” The Report was distributed at their banquet and will be posted to their website in due course. CAIR has been active in obstructing the New York Police Department from surveillance of Islamic radicals, fighting the use of the phrase “radical Islam” in official reports and in the media, and indoctrinating American schools about Islam. The Report Card has published a series of articles on key CAIR operative Hassan Shibly’s lectures on Islam in Tampa schools.


CAIR’s list of Islamophobes also includes Col. Allen West, former Florida US Congressman, Dr. William Saxton, who holds a Ph.D in physics from Harvard and is President of Citizens for National Security, Florida Senator Alan Hays, Volusia County Republican Party Chairman Tony Ledbetter, Randy McDaniels, President of Jacksonville Act for America and others.”


In America, it is commonplace for one side or another to label their opponents. For example, Democrats frequently say that Republicans are “racist.” Republicans say that many Democrats are now “socialists.” Each side causes anger and retort, but at the end of the day, they are just nouns or words, no one is killed in the process. But what does it mean when a Muslim calls out an opponent or uses the name “Islamophobe?” Is that a noun or is it a threat? Does it mean that the labeled individual is a marked man?


Many murders have been carried out by Islamic radicals because they claim their victims slandered (kidhb) the Prophet Mohammed. To be labeled an Islamophobe means that that one is hostel to Islam and perhaps has slandered Islam, an act worthy of death. It is not at all hard to earn a death sentence in the world of Islam. We see plainly that it meant death to the staff of Charlie Hebdo. Could that happen in America? It already has. Should I start making use of my concealed carry permit? Maybe it’s time.




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Pro-Muslim Anti-Semitism at Berkeley


(Editor: www.thereportcard.org The Anti-Defamation League has documented at least 50-60 pro-Palestinian anti-Israel protests on college campuses each year since 2002. Many colleges are divesting their endowment funds of Israeli owned stocks. Divestment petitions at dozens of other universities – including Harvard, Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley – have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism throughout the year, most notably from Harvard professor Lawrence Summers. Somehow it is always Israel who is the bad guy while the Muslims radicals are the injured party. They behead women and children and massacre entire populations because they are misunderstood).


By Malcolm Kline

When faced with a choice between confronting two evils, elites—particularly academic ones—usually focus on the less prevalent one.  “In April, the Fifth Annual Conference on Islamophobia was held at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, organized by Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian activist, co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, and professor of a current Berkeley course called ‘De-Constructing Islamophobia and the History of Otherness,’ with part of the course requirements being that students open a Twitter account and tweet at least once a week about ‘Islamophobia,’” Richard L. Cravatts, president of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East wrote in The Times of Israel.

Meanwhile, Cravatts notes, “FBI statistics indicate that acts of anti-Semitism occur with eight times the regularity of anti-Muslim incidents, and that between 2011 and 2012 alone, the number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses tripled.”

Tammi Benjamin of the AMCHA Intitiative did a study of Center for Near East Studies (CNES) events at UCLA from 2010-2013 and found that “Significant anti-semitic activity and anti-Israel bias were found in these events, as well as a singling out of Israel for opprobrium from among all other Middle Eastern countries.”

“A majority of the events about Israel demonized and delegitimized it, with a significant minority condoning terrorism against Israeli civilians, as well as promoting boycott and divestment efforts. A large majority of the invited speakers at the events have demonized Israel and promoted boycott and divestment. One-third have compared Jews to Nazis, and one-third have condoned terrorism.”

Scholars from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (against Israel, that is) movement took issue with Benjamin’s definition of anti-semitism, yet, Cravatts points out, she took the definition used by the State Department, never a pillar of pro-Israel information.

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Marine Objects to Daughter’s Islam-Biased History Class, Is Barred from School

La Plata High School

La Plata High School


By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org


The father of a La Plata, MD High School student has been barred from the school grounds after officials said he threatened to disrupt the school environment. In fact, The Report Card learned from Mr. Jack Tuttle, a social studies curriculum manager at La Plata, that the textbook, World History, Patterns of Interaction, McDougal, Little was the basis for that classroom instruction. World History has been described by Citizens for National Security as “A textbook with an extreme pro-Islam, anti Israel bias.” The textbook has been demonstrated to mis-state many historical facts about Islam. For example, the textbook claims that Muslim rule over non-Muslims during the Middle Ages was tolerant. In fact, non-Muslims, Christians and Jews were treated as second class citizens and forced to pay a special tax. Perhaps a pro-Islamic tilt by La Plata’s history class is what caused Kevin Wood’s objection.

According to Jeremy Wolf, a reporter for the Gazette, Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion.

Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, said in an interview Monday afternoon outside of the school system’s central office that he did not wish for his daughter, a junior at La Plata, to learn the Islamic religion, a faith he does “not believe in,” he said.

Wood and his wife, Melissa Wood, said they reached out to the school last week and asked that their daughter be removed from her world history course for the duration that the class covered Islam. The Woods said they spoke by a telephone to a woman, who they identified as “Ms. Pearl,” who listened to their request and said she would investigate the possibility of an alternative assignment.

Kevin Wood, who identified himself as Catholic, denied that he had issued any threats or that he had planned to show up on the La Plata campus Monday.

In a later phone call with Morris, Kevin Wood said he blasted the school for violating his daughter’s “constitutional rights” and said he would contact the media and “bring a [expletive]storm down on them like they’ve never seen.”

“Nowhere did he ever threaten,” Melissa Wood said. “And this is where it’s gotten totally blown out of proportion.”

Policies exist that allow a child to complete an alternative assignment if the parents complain, O’Malley-Simpson said, but not in the case of world history.

“If parents object to a book that’s assigned, and the assignment is to gather certain reading skills, assigning them a different book doesn’t matter,” she said. “The student still gains the skills and knowledge. In the case of world history and other subjects, it’s part of the curriculum and it’s part of the standards you’re supposed to learn.”

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Republican Party of Hillsborough FL Endorses Kempel for School Board


 By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

This week the membership of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Terry Kemple for Hillsborough County School Board, District 4!


Mr. Kemple says these are his key qualifications:


“I’m an advocate for School Choice. I want to ensure that parents would have the right to enroll their children in the educational environment that provides them the best opportunity to learn.

Protected Parents’ RightsAs Executive Director of Christian Coalition of Florida when Jeb Bush was Governor, I helped him pass legislation that expanded charter, magnet, virtual, and home schooling. Over the years since then, my record of protecting parents’ right to School Choice has been consistent.

Community Issues Council, the local Christian ministry I lead has been in the forefront of the battle to  STOP COMMON CORE from destroying our education system!

I’ve pressed our school board  to allow parents the opportunity to opt their children out of classes when speakers from controversial organizations like CAIR are going to be invited to speak in the class. Two years ago Mr. Kemple organized public protests to keep Hassan Shibly, a spokesman for The Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) out of Hillsborough schools. CAIR is known to be the public face in America of Hamas. Hamas is recognized by The United States Department of State as a terrorist organization.

Mr. Kemple also want parents to be able to opt out of clubs whose purpose is to promote homosexual behavior.

Supporters can contribute here.



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Harvard Students: US Greater Threat to World than ISIS

Caleb Bonham

Caleb Bonham

(Editor: www.thereportcard.org Caleb Bonham of Campus reform conducted a number of interviews with Harvard students. Bonham asked whether ISIS or America was a greater threat to world peace. Most of the students said “America is a greater threat to world peace than ISIS.” How has Harvard come to a point where their students see America so unfavorably? Harvard has a storied history of contribution to America’s armed forces. 1200 Harvard men have given their lives in service to their country. Tens of thousands of Harvard men have worn the uniform since the 17th century. Harvard has more Medal of Honor recipients than any other university in America. But in those times, American history was taught and American Exceptionalism was unchallenged in institutions of higher learning. Now, history and political science teachers at most universities and in many high schools would rather cut out their own tongues than say anything good about America. That the future leaders of America think so poorly of her does not bode well. Sic Transit Gloria).


They got most of their SAT questions right, but students at Harvard blew this lay-up posed by the college blog Campus Reform: Who is the bigger threat to world peace, ISIS or the U.S.?

Various students at the hallowed Ivy League school said they believe that America, not the Muslim fanatics who behead innocent people, is the biggest threat to world peace.

The students were interviewed on the quad by Campus Reform on Saturday, and the shocking video was posted on Tuesday.

“As a Western civilization, we’re to blame for a lot of the problems that we’re facing now,” one student said during an interview. “I don’t think anyone would argue that we didn’t create the problem of ISIS, ourselves.”

Most of the other students interviewed shared the same sentiment — that ISIS would not exist had it not been for the past actions of the U.S.

“American imperialism and our protection of oil interests in the Middle East are destabilizing the region and allowing groups like ISIS to gain power,” said another student.

Caleb Bonham, editor of Campus Reform, conducted the interviews and said that the students’ response is nothing new.

“This video demonstrates the absurdity behind the bash America fad,” Bonham told FoxNews.com. “Unfortunately, too many students think it is intellectual to try and piece together a reason why America is a greater threat than this terrorist organization trying to establish a caliphate through public executions, bombings and beheadings.”

The Islamic State is a splinter group of Al Qaeda that has occupied a large swath of Syria and the northern region of Iraq and has tried to establish a caliphate and rule all Muslims under Shariah Law.

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Professor Fired for Israel-Hating Tweets

Steve Salaita

Steve Salaita

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

In a rare display of good judgment and courage, the University of Illinois has revoked the contract of Steven Salaita, an Israel-hating leftist after many tweets like this surfaced:

“At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?”

Mr. Salaita, a professor of indigenous studies, wrote dozens of inflammatory tweets condemning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s military assaults in Gaza. He wrote the tweets after leaving his tenured job at Virginia Tech, but before his job offer from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana was approved by that college’s board of trustees. Mr. Salaita’s offer of employment was revoked by The U of I after this tweet became known:

In another tweet, he wrote: “It’s simple: either condemn #Israel’s actions or embrace your identity as someone who’s okay with the wholesale slaughter of children.”

Mr. Salaita, an American of Palestinian parentage, has written five books that conflate America’s conquest of the west with colonial genocide. He also accuses Israel of colonial occupation and frequently condemns America and Israel as racist. Mr. Salaita is an exemplary member of politically correct historians who view America through the lens of Race, class and gender.

Mr. Salaita’s loss of his job offer comes amid strained relations on campuses over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In February, an academic group called the American Studies Association voted to boycott Israeli universities. In June, the Modern Language Association rejected a resolution critical of Israel. Student groups from Massachusetts to California have clashed over the matter.

Last fall, Mr. Salaita accepted the tenured job offer at the University of Illinois, said Robert Warrior, director of the school’s American Indian Studies Program. The contract was set to be ratified by university’s board of trustees in September. That approval normally is a formality.

Douglas Belkin of the Wall Street Journal wrote:

On Aug. 1, the school’s chancellor and vice president for academic affairs sent Mr. Salaita a letter, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that said they “will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty.”


The revocation of Mr. Salaita’s job offer has divided academic free-speech advocates.

The Illinois branch of the American Association of University Professors said the “controversy is at the heart of…free academic inquiry” and if the school voided a job offer due to tweets about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict it “would be a clear violation of Professor Salaita’s academic freedom.” The national AAUP also supported him.

But Cary Nelson, an English professor at the University of Illinois and a former president of the national AAUP, said Mr. Salaita made himself vulnerable by speaking out before his hiring was complete and by appearing to incite violence. “I think he stepped over the line,” he said.

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Karen Harvey: Candidate for St. Johns County Florida School Board

Karen Harvey

Karen Harvey

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

Karen Harvey, an author of history books and docent in St. Augustine, is running for school board against Bill Mignon. The Report Card interviewed Ms. Harvey on her reasons for running. She said: “St. Johns schools are the best in Florida and I believe what we’ve achieved could be harmed by full adoption of Common Core. My opponent, Bill Mignon broke a tie to vote for Common Core and accept Race to the Top funding. I believe that was a very bad decision.”

We asked if SJC was obliged to keep Common Core because the county took Race to the Top funds. Ms. Harvey said: The grant for Race to the Top has expired and we can opt out.”

Ms. Harvey is opposed to educational materials that put cast America in a totally negative light: “I don’t think we should use history books that are biased in favor of Islam. We are a country with Christian traditions, and we must teach an understanding our culture. I’m afraid we’ve failed to do that. I’m a docent at my church, Memorial Presbyterian. One day a young man of school age came in for the tour. He asked: ‘What’s a Presbyterian? Then he asked me to explain the meaning of Christian. This means our kids are not being taught, and they simply must be taught our history so they can be taught citizenship.”

What is her experience with education? “I have written many history books and I am current working on a history of St. Johns Public Schools for Dr. Joyner the SJC School Superintendent. I have visited 95% of the schools in SJC. I applaud Dr. Joyner for founding specialized career academies. I would like to see some of older schools in St. Augustine have more support from the parents. Some of our churches, mine included have volunteers who tutor kids whose parents are uninvolved. I’d like to see more of this.”

How does she feel about charters?

“I think choice is good when it fills a need. I’d like to see more instruction about faith and its positive role in society.”



Karen Harvey is a local authority on Florida History. She has been a resident of St. Augustine, Florida, for thirty-four years. She is the author of nine books in print, numerous articles, museum text panels and videos. She is an historic interpreter with knowledge spanning the centuries of cultural changes in St. Augustine and is available for specialty tours. She has taught at the college level and provides fourth-grade history tours for the required Florida history classes. Her teaching background includes substitute teaching in the local school system. She has appeared on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and in numerous documentaries about “spiritual activity” in St. Augustine. She provides dramatic presentations of five women about whom she researched and wrote. She is a member of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the Romanza festival organization. She is active with the Florida Heritage Book Festival and has served on local citizens’ boards including the Historic Architecture Review Board,  the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.  She was a board member for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc.

For her mastery of history, she is a recipient of the 2008 Tourism Employee of the Year Award. Her most recent publication St. Augustine Enters the Twenty First Century won the 2010 Florida Writers Award for first place in the history category.

Born in Flushing, New York, Harvey was transplanted to Florida when she was 11 years old. She holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and American University in Washington, D.C. Her travels include living in Viet Nam, Guatemala, Bolivia and Ireland. She provided lectures about Florida history in Trinity University (Dublin) and the University of Dublin. She continues to visit countries that expand her knowledge of history.

Harvey’s latest publication, St. Augustine Enters the Twenty-First Century, arrived in stores in June 2010. The 222 page book contains more than 200 photos and discusses the changes in the city and county over the last three decades. It is a companion piece to St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History, a popular coffee-table publication now in its ninth  printing. She has lived in St. Augustine since 1978. Additional available works include America’s First City: St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhoods a book focusing on historic and architecturally significant sites and houses; Oldest Ghosts, a fun read about spiritual activity selling well to ghost hunters; Daring Daughters: St. Augustine’s Feisty Females; and Five Women Five Stories. She scripted the DVD documentary about St. Augustine’s Lighthouse titled First Light St. Augustine’s Lighthouse.

Harvey’s play Conquest and Colonization ran for five spring seasons from 1996 through 2000 entertaining school and tour groups with the story of the founding of St. Augustine and the settlement of Florida. She was the arts and entertainment editor for The St. Augustine Record for seven years and continues to write for the newspaper on a freelance basis.

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Pearson Islam-Biased Textbook Blasphemes Bible


Dr. William Saxton Citizens for National Security

Dr. William Saxton Citizens for National Security


By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org


Citizens for National Security in collaboration with The Report Card, has reviewed The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography Pearson Prentice Hall, 10th Edition, © 2011.  The Cultural Landscape adds another chapter to Pearson’s sorry history of publishing Islam-bias history and political science textbooks that also carry a subtle and sometimes not so subtle anti-Israel and anti-Christian message. Pearson is also a major supporter and supplier of Common Core materials, and as such, they do not deserve the public trust. The new Cultural Landscapes report is now available as part of Citizens for National Security’s 2012 report on 25 Islam-Biased Textbooks in Florida’s K-12 schools.


One passage actually blasphemes the Bible:


“…Sarah’s fortunes changed, and she bore a son, Isaac.”

The phrase blasphemes Biblical teaching and faith. In Genesis 18: 10-14, the first book of the Bible, God promises that Sarah, then 90 years old, would bear a son and his name would be Isaac. Sarah at first did not believe that she could bear a child at that age, but God assured her that with Him anything was possible. The textbook statement reduces this event to chance. It was God’s promise, not fortune. In short, religion is removed from the equation.


  • In the Bible, God had revealed his divine plan for the Jewish people through Abraham and Sarah.


  • The Bible says that God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, and his name would be Isaac.


  • The text trivializes and blasphemes the Bible, saying in effect, that Sarah got lucky and had a baby.

The full text of the review of Cultural Landscapes follows:


Pages 171-173

“Christianity has three main branches – Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox-…In addition, 14% of Christians belong to churches that do not consider themselves within one of these three main branches…”

“The Orthodox branch of Christianity is a collection of 14 self-governing churches in Eastern Europe and the Middle East…”

“Nine of the other self-governing churches were established in the 19th or 20th centuries…”

“Several other Christian churches developed independently of the three main branches…”

“The word Islam in Arabic means ‘submission to God,’ and it has a similar root to the Arabic word for peace. An adherent to the religion of Islam is known as a Muslim, which means in Arabic ‘one who surrenders to God.’ The core of Islamic belief is represented by five pillars of faith: 1 – There is no God worthy of worship except the one God, the source of all creation, and Muhammad is the messenger of God. 2 – Five times daily, a Muslim prays facing the city of Mecca, as a direct link to God. 3 – A Muslim gives generously to charity as an act of purification and growth. 4 – A Muslim fasts during the month of Ramadan as an act of self-purification. 5 – If physically and financially able, a Muslim makes a pilgrimage to Mecca.”


Christianity is demoted from a religion to a political entity with three main branches and self-governing churches. There is no discussion of Christianity’s core beliefs. Thus Christianity appears to be a mere organization chart. For the record, the Christian faith is clearly defined by the Nicene Creed[1]:


Islam, on the other hand, is called a “religion.” It discusses “submission to the will of God” and how its members “surrender to God.” It even identifies and itemizes Islam’s core beliefs, the five pillars of faith, where Muhammad is called the “messenger of God.” However, according to the court records in the Holy Land Foundation Trial,[2] Islam demands that every nation adhere to Sharia Law which is, in fact, inherently political.



  • The text portrays Christianity in terms of an organization chart with an infrastructure based upon politics, rather than as a religion.
  • The Christian faith is summarized by the Nicene Creed which is generally accepted by most denominations.
  • Islam, on the other hand, with its enforcement of Sharia Law, has been found to be political, confirmed from evidence presented by U.S. Government prosecutors in the Holy Land Foundation trial.


Pages 179-180

“…He was referred to as Christ, from the Greek word for the Hebrew word messiah, which means ‘anointed.’”

“…Jesus was put to death as an agitator. On the third day after his death, his tomb was found empty. Christians believe that Jesus died to atone for human sins, that he was raised from the dead by God, and that his Resurrection from the dead provides people with hope for salvation.”

 “…Muhammad received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel. The Quran, the holiest book in the Islam, is a record of God’s words as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel…As he began to preach the truth that God had revealed to him…”

Here, significant contextual differences in the discussion of Jesus Christ compared to that of Muhammad and Islam lead to bias through unsubstantiated perceptions.

The life of death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as described in the Gospel reports of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is central to Christian faith. Furthermore, the Jewish people were told to expect a savior by Biblical prophetic writings that pre-date the birth of Christ by over 700 years. Such content appears in the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Mica, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others. The Bible treat them with great reverence, but the text above is somewhat flippant.  Phrases such as “referred to” and “Christians believe” imply that this is what Christians believe – a story. Furthermore there is no mention of the Bible as a reference, and the Bible predates the Quran by approximately 1600 years.

Compare the treatment of Biblical prophecy and the Gospel accounts of Jesus with the reverence accorded to the Islamic prophet Mohammad and the Quran. References to phrases such as “revelation from God,” “record of God’s word,” and “preach the truth” lend an air of certainty. This affirmative treatment leads the reader to conclude that these events are factual whereas the description of Jesus is characterized as myth.


  • The textbook treats the Gospel account of Jesus as if it were fiction or myth.


  • The Bible and the Gospel in the New Testament are not mentioned as sources, but the Quran is cited and described as “holy.”


  • The accounts of Mohammad and the Quran are treated with reverence, compared to a flippant treatment of Biblical prophecy and the Gospel.



Page 179

“…Sarah’s fortunes changed, and she bore a son, Isaac.”

The phrase blasphemes Biblical teaching and faith. In Genesis 18: 10-14, the first book of the Bible, God promises that Sarah, then 90 years old, would bear a son and his name would be Isaac. Sarah at first did not believe that she could bear a child at that age, but God assured her that with Him anything was possible. The textbook statement reduces this event to chance. It was God’s promise, not fortune. In short, religion is removed from the equation.


  • In the Bible, God had revealed his divine plan for the Jewish people through Abraham and Sarah.


  • The Bible says that God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, and his name would be Isaac.


  • The text trivializes and blasphemes the Bible, saying in effect, that Sarah got lucky and had a baby.





Page 182

“Christianity’s diffusion has been rather clearly recorded since Jesus first set forth its tenets in the Roman province of Palestine.”

“Palestine” did not exist when Jesus was born and lived. In 70 AD, the Romans under Titus destroyed the Temple to punish the Jews for rebellion, and approximately 80 years later named the region “Paleaestina.”


Many textbooks use the name “Palestine” when the proper historical name should be “Israel.” Israel is the ancient Hebrew name for the land of Israel, first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Genesis 23 as the name of Jacob, translated as “God contended.” The earliest known reference to the name Israel in archaeological records is in the Merneptah stele, an Egyptian record of circa 1209 BC.[3] The first clear use of the term Palestine to refer to the region synonymous with that defined in modern times was in 5th century BC Ancient Greece. Herodotus[4] wrote of a “district of Syria, called Palaistinê” in The Histories, the first historical work clearly defining the region, which included the Judean Mountains and the Jordan Rift Valley. The name “Israel” thus predates the name “Palestine” by 800-1200 years depending upon historical usage.




  • The use of the name Palestine for Israel and Judea is incorrect and misleading. It attempts to legitimize the Palestinian demand for the land of Israel.


  • “Palestine” did not exist when Jesus was born and lived.
  • The land of Israel was not called “Palestine” until 150 years after Jesus, and 1200 years after the founding of the nation of Israel under King David




Page 203

“Israeli Jews were divided for many years between those who wished to retain the occupied territories…”

The impression created by the term “occupied territories” is that Israel started the wars against the Arab states, and unlawfully seized land from the Arab states and the Palestinians. In fact, the three major wars between the Arab states and Israel in 1948[5], 1967[6] and 1973[7] were all started by the Arab states under the leadership of Egypt. None of the Arab states accepted the rights of Israel to exist following the establishment of Israel by the United Nations in 1948, and today still refuse to acknowledge the existence of Israel. In 1967, Israel defeated the combined armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt following declarations of war and mobilizing of troops by the Arab states. Israel seized the Golan Heights, Gaza and Sinai from each of the aggressors for self-defense purposes. In addition, Israel retook Jerusalem, the historic capital of Israel and the site of the temple of Solomon, the Jews holiest site.




  •    A force of combined Arab states waged aggressive war against Israel in 1948, 1967, and again in 1973. The 1973 war began as a sneak attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.


  •    Israel fought back in self-defense against Arab aggression and won each of the wars.


  • Israel took land after the 1967 war to prevent future attacks from being staged so easily. In addition, Israel took back Jerusalem, its historic capital since 1000 BC that had been partially occupied by Arabs.


“The ultimate obstacle to peace in the Middle East is the status of Jerusalem. As long as any one religion – Jewish, Muslim, or Christian – maintains exclusive political control over Jerusalem, the other religions will not be satisfied. But the Israelis have no intention of giving up control of the Old City of Jerusalem, and Palestinians have no intention of giving up their claim to it.”

This statement to the effect that the status of Jerusalem is open to question is a deep insult to Jews and Christians. The Jews and Christians have a far more ancient and legitimate claim to Jerusalem than the Muslims.

The Bible states that God promised the land known as Israel to the Jewish people nearly 4000 years ago, first to Abraham, and later to his descendants.[8] The promises are repeated throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, whose age and historical reliability have been documented by many scholars.[9] William F. Albright, one of the world’s most renowned archaeologists, stated: “There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition.”[10] Under David, King of Israel, circa 1000 BC, Jerusalem was established as the capital of Israel.

Under King Solomon, The Temple of Solomon was built in Jerusalem.[11] Jesus Christ preached in Jerusalem, was crucified there, and rose again. Jerusalem is a Holy City to Christians. The Muslim wars of aggression and expansion in 638 A.D. included the conquest of Jerusalem.[12] In 689, the Muslim conquerors built a mosque: The Dome of the Rock that sits atop the foundation of the destroyed Jewish Temple of Solomon[13]. This is a Muslim symbol of aggression and conquest and a deep insult to the Jewish People. Nevertheless, the Israeli government allows the mosque to remain open and Muslims to worship there.

The only conclusion that can be drawn here is that since Israel is presently in control of Jerusalem, it is the “ultimate obstacle to comprehensive peace…” It makes no mention that Jordan was in control of Jerusalem from 1948-1967. During that time, there was no peace. Jewish synagogues and historical artifacts were destroyed. Only Muslims were allowed to worship there. At least, under Israeli control, it is an open city.


  • Jerusalem is the ancient capital of Israel, and the Jewish people see it as an insult to suggest that Israel has no right to govern there.


  • From 1948 to 1967, under Muslim rule, Jews were not allowed to worship there.


  • Under Israeli rule of Jerusalem, Muslims are free to worship there.

Page 260

“Distinguishing terrorism from other acts of political violence can be difficult. For example, if a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions? Competing arguments are made…”

The language used attempts to paint a moral equivalence between terrorism and Israeli self-defense.


As mentioned earlier, the Arabs launched three wars against Israel.  When the Arabs occupied Jerusalem, they refused to allow the Jews to visit their most Holy places: The Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount. There is no mention in this textbook that it was the Arab states that started the fighting by attacking Israel immediately after it declared statehood. None of the Arab states accepted the right of Israel to exist following the establishment of Israel by the United Nations in 1948. On the day that Israel declared its independence (May 15, 1948), Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League, at a Cairo press conference (reported in the New York Times, May 16) declared “jihad,” a holy war, against Israel. He said that the Arab states rejected partition and intended to set up a “United State of Palestine.” The leader of Transjordan stated, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”[14]


Since the Arab states lost all three of the wars of aggression against Israel, they decided to use terror against innocent men, women and children whenever they could harm them. The textbook content avoids any discussion about the Islamic Jihadist nature of the vast majority of 20th century terrorism. It understates the scope of the killing when it says, “These terrorists were willing to use any type of weapon to kill their enemy.” In fact, the Islamic Jihadists killed far more than their enemy – they murdered innocent men, women and children worldwide so they could make a political statement. The 9/11 Commission’s Executive Summary states that the enemy is “Islamic Jihad” and refers to Islam over 18 times.[15]  9/11 attacks resulted in the death of over 3000 innocent civilians.


In the extreme violence of the Intifada declared against Israel by the Palestinian Authority in 1987, Palestinians murdered 1100 of their own people and 164 Israelis. The PLO, responsible for much of the Intifada violence, accused 1100 Palestinians of Israeli collaboration, although accusations were unproven. The second Intifada declared in 2000 by the Palestinians followed a visit by Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount and the holiest of holy sites to the Jewish people, the Temple of Solomon. Over 5000 died. Since then, hundreds of acts of Islamist terror have been executed worldwide.




  • The Arab Muslims waged three wars against Israel and lost each one.


  • The Israelis fought to defend their lives.


  • The Arab Muslims decided to wage a war of terror against defenseless men, women and children out of their hatred and frustration.


  • There is no justification or moral equivalence for the use of terrorism as an answer to Israeli self-defense.





Page 262

“Bin Laden issued a declaration of war against the United States in 1996 because of U.S. support for Saudi Arabia and Israel. In a 1998 fatwa (‘religious decree’), bin Laden argued that Muslims had a duty to wage a holy war against U.S. citizens because the United States was responsible for maintaining the Saud family as rulers of Saudi Arabia and a state of Israel dominated by Jews.”


These statements ignore the historical reality of Islamic violence waged against civilized nations all around the globe. Blaming U.S. policies for violent Jihad or terror, camouflage the true nature of Islamic terror. The fact is that Islamist terrorism is global, and a great many Muslims are supportive of terror groups, anti-Western goals and/or oppose America.[16] The majority of Muslims view Christians unfavorably, and over 90% regard Jews unfavorably. Most Muslims in Islamic countries blame the United States and western policies for their economic problems. Importantly, many Islamic countries do not believe that Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks on America. Another Pew study[17] reveals high levels of support for Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.


The passage fails to explain that Islamic terrorism is a worldwide event, or that Jihad exists in Africa (e.g. Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt), the Middle East (e.g. Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Caucasus), and Asia (e.g. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Indonesia), the Balkans, Europe, and the United States.





  •   This passage minimizes the role of Islam in global terror, yet Islamist Jihadism is generally recognized as the central force behind worldwide terrorism.


  •   U.S. policies are not the primary causes of Islamist Jihadism – lack of liberty and repressive Islamic governments may be a greater determinant.


  •   Terrorism is often used against any person or government that does not submit to the goals of radical Islamists.



[1] Nicene Creed adopted at the Council of Nicea 325 AD

[2] Holy Land Foundation vs The United States 2008

[3] Cairo Museum

[4] Herodotus’ description of the East Mediterranean Coast, Anson Rainey Bulletin of the American Schools of       Oriental Research, No. 321 (Feb. 2001) pp. 57-63

[5] Kimche, Jon and David (1960) A Clash of Destinies, The Arab-Jewish War and the Founding of the State of Israel.          Fredrick A. Praeger

[6] Pollack, Kenneth, Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness 1948-1991, University of Nebraska Press (2002) p.29

[7] Collaborators, One year Al-Aqsa Intifada, The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. October 2001.

[8] The Holy Bible, Books of Genesis, Deuteronomy, Joshua

[9] The Bible and Archaeology, Kenyon, Frederick G. Harper & Row. New York, 1940

[10] Making of the Modern Near East 1792-1923, Yapp, M.E. Harlow, England

[11] The Holy Bible 11 Chronicles

[12] Gil 1997, p. 54.

[14] New York Times, May 15, 1948

[15] 9/11 Report Executive Summary

[16] Pew Research, July 21. 2011

[17] Pew Research, December 2, 2010

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