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Sharia in the schools: Monitoring the American madrassa

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 11, 2008 09:56 AM

Katharine Kersten’s excellent investigative work on the Minnesota taxpayer-funded Islamic school, TIZA, has led to a state probe of the institution. It has also shed light again on the spread of sharia in U.S. secondary public schools.

You’ll remember the heated battle in San Diego over Muslim prayers in a public charter school.

You may recall the jihadi crossword puzzle discovered by parents in Johnston County, NC.

In Contra Costa (CA) County, school officials allowed Islam indoctrination lessons that subjected public school students to prayer recitation sessions and Muslim re-naming. Remember?

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And in Brooklyn , the fight continues over the Arabic-themed Khalil Gibran International Academy.

The grass-roots group, Stop the Madrassa, continues to press for transparency–and continues to get stonewalled by educrats:

After four separate Freedom of Information Law requests and four court hearings, the Department of Education has not responded to our demands for complete transparency. The reason for KGIA’s existence is to teach the Arabic language and Arabic Culture; however, the curricula and textbooks have not been revealed. As we pursue the truth, everyone continues to wonder exactly what is being taught in the Khalil Gibran International Academy. Are they learning that Muslims discovered America? If so, why? The answer is that if the Islamists can establish their presence as the original inhabitants of North America then the land becomes part of the Ummah, the Islamic lands. The caliphate now extends to the United States.

Ed Lasky at The American Thinker exposed this curricular sharia creep several years ago:

A Native American tribe has forced distributors of an Arab studies guide for American teachers to remove an inaccurate and absurd passage that Muslim explorers preceded Columbus to North America, and eventually became Algonquin chiefs named Abdul—Rahim and Abdallah Ibn Malik!

The Middle East Policy Council, a Washington advocacy group that promotes this curriculum to school districts in 155 U.S. cities have apparently been somewhat unresponsive and dismissive of complaints. Ridiculous as this example is, it is illustrative of a far more disturbing development: the placement of propaganda in our schools by Muslim extremist groups. As the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation pointed out in a report …titled, “The Stealth Curriculum:Manipulating America’s History Teachers” these efforts are intended “to use America’s public school classrooms to shape the minds of tomorrow’s citizens by manipulating what today’s teachers introducing into the lessons of today’s children”

The American Textbook Council has played a leading role in resisting Arab efforts to supply propaganda to our schools, and recently published a report, “Islam and the Textbooks”, by Gilbert T. Sewall, which reports this phenomenon. It can be found here.

These militants and their supporters have set their eyes on our children, and are attempting to brainwash them by supplying free textbooks which whitewash the truth regarding Muslim extremism, while promoting Arab and Palestinian political goals. These “teaching materials” also impugn and devalue America, Western nations, Israel. Judaism, and Christianity. The article, ‘Textbooks for Jihad,’ found here is a good analysis of these developments .

The Council on American—Islamic Relations, some of whose members have been “outed” as terror supporters, has an active program to supply these this type of propaganda to libraries across the nation. Naturally, like schools, the librarians are more than happy to accept inexpensive, or free, material to fill their shelves. Yet these same books and audio—visual material are filling our children’s minds with lies that are tantamount to propaganda that teach hate. Efforts should be made by local activists and PTA or PTO members to scrutinize the reading lists at our “educational” institutions.

The political and education establishments–see, for example, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC chancellor Joel Klein–persist in labeling critics “bigots.”

They’re looking out for CAIR.

Who’s looking out for your children?

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Ed Morrissey notes that the TIZA principal has suddenly learned how to operate a flagpole. Mirabile dictu!

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