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Teaching Johnny About Islam

By on 5.21.06 | 8:33AM

A hat tip to Internet activist JulieRNR21, who spotted and circulated an invaluable Investor's Business Daily editorial here. Seems the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals thinks it's just fine to have a two-week indoctrination and role-playing course of Islam in California public schools. Key grafs:

In the California course on world religions, Christianity is not presented equally. It's covered in just two days and doesn't involve kids in any role-playing activities. But kids do get a good dose of skepticism about the Christian faith, including a biting history of its persecution of other peoples. In contrast, Islam gets a pass from critical review. Even jihad is presented as an "internal personal struggle to do one's best to resist temptation," and not holy war.
The ed consultant's name is Susan L. Douglass. No, she's not a Christian scholar. She's a devout Muslim activist on the Saudi government payroll, according to an investigation by Paul Sperry, author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington." He found that for years Douglass taught social studies at the Islamic Saudi Academy just outside Washington, D.C. Her husband still teaches there.

Interesting tidbit here. Paul Sperry used to be the Washington bureau chief for IBD; he was let go for excessive zeal, as I understand it.

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