From WFTV:Hundreds of people in Volusia County are preparing a protest against a textbook that’s in public schools across Florida.
They believe a world history book dedicates too much material to Islam and doesn’t focus equally on Christianity and other religions.
District 2 Deltona commissioner Webster Barnaby said they just want balance.
“Why relegate Christianity to a footnote in an entire history book, and you give an entire chapter on the teachings of Islam?” Barnaby said.
I haven’t seen or closely reviewed a copy of this textbook (thankfully my offspring survived and is thoroughly finished with high school), so I can’t speak first hand. Here are some things that I have seen that would indicate bias:
*]If, for example, the say that “Jesus **claimed **to be a messiah” and then say “Mohammed **was **a prophet.”
*]If, for example, they call a conquest initiated by Christian forces as a massacre while calling Muslim-initiated conquest as a liberation
*]If, when talking about events like the Spanish Inquisition, they talk about torture, but don’t simultaneously talk about similar secular interrogation techniques (which were actually more barbarous)…while, at the same time, ignoring the “convert or die” policies of Islam
The point is that all the stories I’ve seen on this textbook talk about “section count” but don’t address the tone and verbiage used.
While I haven’t actually seen this particular text, I have seen enough of them over the years…and most go out of their way to bash Christianity (particularly Catholicism). Not so much for what they say, but how they say it. Couple that with popular PC sensitivity to Islam, I could well imagine the reason why these parents are protesting.
[NB: I don’t mind them presenting a neutral point of view toward Islam…just not when it is coupled with the typical hostile POV given toward Christianity]