Is it possible that the American educational system has gone so far that it favors Islam at the expense of Christianity and Judaism? This may sound impossible, but some speculate it’s true.
The Prentice World History textbook, being used in an Advancement Placement (AP) class in Brevard County Schools in FLA, is under review by the FLA school board, over allegations that it presents a biased view of the Muslim faith and denigrates Christianity and Judaism, according to State Rep. Ritch Workman. The book is on the state-approved list and has been used in the school for the past three years, according to Townhall.
“The book has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Workman said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”
Upon looking through the book, Workman said it’s clear the authors “make a very obvious attempt not to insult Islam by reshaping history.”
“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.
One example, is a reference to Mohammed and his armies taking over Medina. The book says, “people happily accepted Islam as their way of life.” However, the book fails to acknowledge the fact that Mohammed’s armies massacred tens of thousands of Jews and non-believers, Townhall reported.
The book indicates that Jesus proclaimed himself to be the Messiah, but says, as a fact that Mohammed is a prophet. In addition, students are given Koran lessons and are taught about the five pillars of Islam.
“They don’t do that for Christianity,” he said.
School board member Amy Kneessy told Fox News she has similar concerns.
Kneessy said she’s also concerned that the book devotes an entire chapter to Islam.
“I don’t want revisionist history,” she said. “History is history.”
The publisher of the textbook, Pearson, confirmed there is a chapter titled, “Muslim Civilizations.”
While Pearson’s spokeswoman Susan Aspey argues that the authors of the textbook only adhere to the highest editorial standards, Workmen says that the textbook is biased and unfairly promotes Islam.
What would happen if Christianity, Judaism or Mormonism were taught as the primary religion? Would this be tolerated?