Islamic Textbooks in U.S. Schools

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MAY 1, 2018

         THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 41 ISLAMIC SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES. MANY ARE ASSOCIATED WITH LOCAL MOSQUES. THEY EXIST IN PLACES YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THEY WOULD, SUCH AS MASSACUSETTS, TEXAS AND KENTUCKY.

         DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY TEACH? DO YOU CARE? YOU SHOULD.

         THE TEXTBOOK “WHAT ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT” IS THE MOST WIDELY USED 7TH GRADE TEXTBOOK IN ISLAMIC SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA. WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU THAT IT TEACHES DOCTRINES PROMOTED BY ISIS?

         AMONG OTHER THINGS IT SAYS “ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION, BUT A COMPLETE WAY OF LIFE GOVERNED BY SHARIA,” OR ISLAMIC LAW. THE TEXTBOOK TEACHES CHILDREN THAT “JIHAD” IS “MOST OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH PHYSICALLY CONFRONTING “EVIL AND WRONGDOING.” THE BOOK HAS A PICTURE OF A TANK SHOULD THE KIDS BE CONFUSED.

         THOUGHT THEY OFTEN LIE ABOUT IT, “JIHAD” MEANS WAR AGAINST NON-MUSLIMS, ACCORDING TO SHARIA DOCTRINE.

         NOW MY QUESTION IS THIS: SINCE SAUDI ARABIA PAYS FOR MOST OF THE TEXTBOOKS AND SUBSIDIZES MANY MOSQUES IN THE U.S., WILL THE NEW KING, WHO CLAIMS TO BE A REFORMER, REVISE OR DO AWAY WITH THESE BOOKS.

         THE KING HAS RECENTLY CONCLUDED A U.S. TOUR AND APPEARED ON “60 MINUTES.” LET’S SEE IF HIS REFORMIST RHETORIC MATCHES HIS DEEDS. I’M CAL THOMAS IN WASHINGTON.

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