70% of Texas public schools are teaching that Allah is the almighty god.
Where’s the outcry from atheists and the ACLU about the “separation of church and state”?
John Griffing reports for WND, Dec. 14, 2012, that a private curriculum has been installed in some public schools in Texas, wherein students are being
The program, called CSCOPE, is a private venture operating under the umbrella of the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, whose incorporation documents state its independence from the State Board of Education of the Texas Education Agency. Critics are condemning the CSCOPE curriculum for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight.
Critics say the CSCOPE curriculum is pro-Islamic and borders on proselytizing. As examples:
- In one scenario, students are asked to study the tenets of Islam, but the materials provided are not impartial but instead extend into how to convert, moral imperatives, as well as denigration of other faiths.
- Under the heading, “Who Is Allah?,” students are told: “Allah is the Almighty God”; “Allah alone is the Creator. He alone deserves our devout love and worship.”
- Negative aspects of Islam and Muhammad are not being taught. There is no mention of Muhammad’s documented sex activities with a child or his penchant for beheading entire indigenous people groups.
The same CSCOPE curriculum previously had raised alarm because of its depiction of the Boston Tea Party as a terrorist act on par with the 9/11 attack.
According to documentation that has leaked out, the program describes the Boston Tea Party this way: “A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.”
There also have been reports that the curriculum – contrary to recent Supreme Court rulings – says the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to bear arms, is limited to state-run organizations: “The collective right’s advocates believed that the Second Amendment did not apply to individuals; rather it recognized the right of a state to arm its militia. It recognized limited individual rights only when it was exercised by members of a functioning, organized militia while actively participating in the militia’s activities.”
An estimated 70 percent of Texas schools already are involved in the CSCOPE program. But this extends beyond the state of Texas because of the influence Texas has on textbook and curriculum publishers as the only state that adopts uniform standards.
Although Texas state law requires textbooks to be reviewed by the board of education, and parents are allowed to have access, since CSCOPE is considered a private venture it operates independently of state or local school board oversight.
The state attorney general’s office has ruled that CSCOPE is a government organization subject to requirements of transparency, but because of loopholes in the Texas Public Information Act and Senate Bill 6, passed in 2011, CSCOPE has thus far been able to keep its content from public review. Even parents are denied access.
Teachers must sign a gag order when required to use CSCOPE in their classrooms.
Complicating the issue is the fact that school districts usually purchase CSCOPE with state tax dollars.
H/t FOTM’s Eyes Wide Shut
Update (May 21, 2013):
We won this one! 😀
Texas’ regional Education Service Centers will no longer issue lesson plans – and will forbid their use after Aug. 31 – for CSCOPE, a popular online curriculum system that became a lightning rod for conservatives who criticized it as anti-American, legislators announced yesterday (May 20). The CSCOPE plans are in use at 877 districts, or 78% of school districts in Texas. (Read more here.)