Parents in Illinois are outraged that a public school there is painting a positive picture of Islam and teaching impressionable young students that Islam bears no responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
This is just the latest incident demonstrating a growing trend in American education to portray the intolerant, slavery-sanctioning, woman-oppressing, genocidal, and relentlessly expansionist Religion of Peace as a misunderstood force for good or as just another world religion, no better or worse than the others. The relativist, multiculturalist, pro-Sharia compliance perspective is that a few bad, weird people who just happened to be Muslims flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, and that these jihadist extremists in no way represent the core teachings of the Koran and the whole Islamic community, even though Muslims have been slaughtering, enslaving, and otherwise subjugating unbelievers for 1,400 years.
One of the education sector's gatekeepers Mark Halwachs, superintendent of High Mount School in Swansea, Ill., is proud to be serving humanity by presenting Islam as a positive thing that had absolutely nothing to do with the horrors of 9/11. The Kindergarten-to-8th Grade school he oversees has no plans to abandon its Islamic misinformation efforts and the teaching of revisionist history.
Halwachs, who sounds very much like a spokesman for the pro-Islamist Southern Poverty Law Center, made a series of admissions in an interview with the Belleville News-Democrat. The newspaper account states:
“We have to present, with 9/11 or anything, it wasn’t a religion that did that. It was bad men that did that. I think you have to take moments like that and use them as teachable moments,” he said. “You have to look at the age group and your students, and to me you can talk about different things in the world and teach about tolerance.”
School systems everywhere in America are littered with people like Halwachs who excitedly view 9/11 as a springboard to discussions about tolerance.
Halwachs seemed to suggest parents who complain about the specifics in lessons are eccentric outliers. Besides, "the school is teaching — and students that age can tell — the difference between a large group and a fanatical faction," the newspaper paraphrased him saying.
Parent Rachel Seger disagrees.
She wasn't happy when her 12-year-old daughter came home with history homework that consisted of learning vocabulary words from the world of Islam. “She said, ‘What’s Koran mean?’ and I flipped,” said Seger. “I said, ‘Excuse me?’ and I looked at them, and I said oh my God.”
Among the vocabulary words were jihad, Islam, Muslim, Arabia, Muhammad, Allah, hegira, mosque, Koran, and Baghdad. The report continues:
“Some of these words, I don’t even know what they are: Ayatollah, caliph,” said Seger, who was shocked that the history class would step so close to teaching religion. “I don’t want her learning other faiths from school. If it would have just stopped at ‘this is their culture, this is where they go to church,’ fine. But when you get into the actual aspect of it, that’s where I’m drawing the line. That’s just going a little too far.”
Sixth-grade history teacher Jim Munden refused to comment other than to say the family and the school have resolved the issue. In the case of Seger's child, the school made an exception and agreed to exempt her from learning the jihadi glossary.
Seger believes her daughter is too young to deal with some topics. “It’s just hard to explain this to her. That age group, 12-year-old girls, they’re a lot more sensitive than people give them credit for,” she said.
The parent continued:
“When it comes to that, some of those terms should have been left off of there, or left to parents, or wait until they’re older. Wait until 16 or 17 and old enough to wrap her head around it. If they’re going to teach it, they’re going to teach all of it, not just the happy, good side of it … and she’s not prepared to hear the whole truth.”
The controversy in the Land of Lincoln comes as educator-led Islamization and Sharia-compliance efforts move forward at schools across America.
The terrorist-linked Islamist front group that calls itself the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding that public school students in overwhelmingly Christian Tennessee be taught that the Islamic prophet Muhammad is the one and only true messenger of God. Supporters of the measure are bigots, CAIR maintains.