Florida textbook outed for ‘reshaping history’ to favor Islam

Private citizens, at least one Florida county school board member as well as a state representative are taking a closer look at a world history textbook and not liking what they’re seeing.

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Fla. Rep. Ritch Workman

The Prentice World History textbook used in Brevard County’s Advanced Placement class is alleged to favor Islam over both Christianity and Judaism — by a margin wide enough to get Florida Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, in on the fight, according to Fox News.

“The book has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Workman said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”

Indeed, and one might ask what a chapter devoted to any particular faith is doing in any text other than on comparative religions.

The text has been used in the school system for three years after having been approved by the state, and hasn’t received any complaints until lately, when Workman received a copy and looked it over.

“If you don’t see it from the eyes of a parent, kids are going to take this book as gospel and believe that Christians and Jews were murderous barbarians and thank God the Muslims came along and the world is great,” he said.

School board member Amy Kneessy agrees.

“Some of the descriptions of the battles use the word ‘massacre’ when it’s a Christian battle and ‘takeover’ when it’s a Muslim battle,” she told Fox News. “In young minds, massacre paints a very different visual picture than a takeover or occupation – when in fact both battles were very bloody.”

She added, “I don’t want revisionist history. History is history.”

Pearson Spokeswoman Susan Aspey said the company and its authors adhere to “the highest editorial standards when creating course materials, which undergo a rigorous review process,” according to Florida Today.

“The textbook referenced was approved by the state of Florida and meets all requirements for the High School World History Course,” she wrote in an email. “A review of the book shows there is balanced attention given to the beliefs of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.”

Wilfredo Ruiz, attorney for Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations, believes Workman and groups criticizing the text have an agenda to criticize Islam.

“They just want to create an environment of intolerance toward Muslims and an environment of hate against Islam,” he said.

Retired Col. Bill Prince currently lives in Melbourne, and has fought alongside Muslims as well as against followers of radical Islam.

“It is my considered opinion that the textbooks that our students are using in Brevard County do not give a balanced view,” he said. “I think it’s fine to explain the five pillars of Islam, but for us to whitewash some of the really terrible things, about, especially, radical Islam, does a great disservice.”

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  • Beeta

    w does this insanity happen. How have these moslems been able to take over and change our text books.. Everyone needs to go to their schools and demand to see the text books , read them and see to it they are not pushing islam… Islam has no place in our history of America.. NEVER were here and should not be here now. This should not be an issue.. Do not surcumb to to this evil religion being crammed down our childrens throats per some political individuals that are in bed with Obama and other moslems.

  • billjcanada

    brings to mind the words of the not so esteemed Nancy Pelosi “you have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill” In this case you have to approve the book then read the book to find out what is in it. Both are IDIOTIC! How bout reading it. I mean actually read it word for word then approve or disapprove out officials are not doing their jobs as they are required to do and are doing the public a disservice. if they can’t or don’t do their jobs they should be fired no if’s and’s but’s or maybe’s. Do the job and do it right or git!

  • innessa111

    Brainwash the kids and the future will be just the way you want it to be. That’s how communists did, how all the repressive regimes did, how muslims are doing it now. Who approves the text books? Why nobody asks those people if they even read the books they approved?

  • http://grumpyelder.com/ Grumpy

    Just checked. looks like the book was designed to compliment Common Core.. as expected

    Can we get a round of applause for Jeb Bush, Barack Obama, Tony Bennett, Bill Ayers and the Muslim Brotherhood

  • BlessRheart

    “They just want to create an environment of intolerance toward Muslims and an environment of hate against Islam,” he said. We don’t have to create these things, they do it themselves.

  • Doug

    Why did we ever abandon the McGuffey reader and Parson Weems?

  • Kenneth Clark

    Disband the public employee unions and we then have a xhance to change our education system to something that actually educates and does not indoctrinate.

  • Cynthia J. McCoy

    When are we going to put an end to this crap. If they want that Christianity not be taught in SCHOOL, THAT IS FINE BUT NO ISLAM EITHER!!!!!!!! I will teach them what I want them to know and islam will not be it. Keep out of our school.