PUBLIC SCHOOLS EMBRACE ISLAM - A SHOCKER
By Reverend Austin Miles
Special to ASSIST News Service
BRENTWOOD, CA (ANS) -- As children return to school
this week, following the Christmas break, 7th graders in a growing
number of public schools, who are not permitted to wear a cross or speak
the name of Jesus, will be required to attend an intensive three week
course on Islam; a course in which students are mandated to learn the
tenets of Islam, study the important figures of the faith, wear a robe,
adopt a Muslim name and stage their own Jihad.
In Byron, California, parents were outraged when
students came home with their handouts and were told what was being
taught. Their complaints to the school principal not only were ignored,
but officials of this public school, funded by tax dollars, essentially
fluffed them off.
The public schools in California so stealthily slipped
this course into the 7th grade curriculum that even another 7th grade
teacher, Elizabeth Christina Lemings, was totally in the dark that this
was being taught until her son, Joseph, who is a 7th grader in the same
school where she teaches, brought home the handouts.
“We could never teach Christianity like this,”
Lemings said to ANS during an on-site interview. “We can’t even
mention the name of Jesus in the public schools, but over there…,”
she pointed to the building next to hers, “they teach Islam as the
true religion, and students are taught about Islam and how to pray to
Lemings, in her second year of teaching in the Byron
(Northern California) Union School District, has been a Christian since
1987. The government school system requires that she teach evolution in
her science class with no reference to creationism or any contrasting
viewpoint to Darwin’s theory. She quickly learned that God and
Christianity are out (forbidden) but that Islam is in.
The textbook used for the Islamic course, Across The
Centuries, is published by Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, Ma.). It is
described as a Social Studies/History book and has been adopted by the
California School System.
In it, Islam is presented broadly in a totally
positive manner, whereas the restricted references to Christianity, is
centered on The Reformation, Martin Luther and The Catholic Church.
Everything Christian is shown in a negative light, with events such as
the Inquisition, the Salem witch-hunts, etc. highlighted in bold, black
This is proper for a complete study of history.
However, there is not one negative to be found about Islam in this
one-sided account, such as the wars, massacres, cruelties against
Christians and other non-Muslims that Islam has consistently perpetrated
over the centuries.
Nor is any mention made of the way Muslims treat their
own people, cutting off hands, feet and heads for even the slightest
violations of the Islamic tenets of faith, or the shocking way they
treat their women.
The ‘miraculous’ events leading up to the Koran,
the ‘holy’ book of Islam, and other ‘revelations’ are presented
as factual. Any reference of the miraculous regarding Christianity is
always set next to a disclaimer stating that; “It was (is) believed by
Christians (or an individual such as Martin Luther) that…..,”implying
an absence of credibility about the stated event.
For example, the representation that Gabriel the
archangel came to Muhammad (Note: not believed to have come to Muhammad)
and dictated to him the Koran, a whole new revelation and idea that
would surpass all other religions.
What needs to be explained by the Houghton-Mifflin
historians, is why Gabriel (which translates, “Man of God”), the
archangel of both Christians and Jews, who was a part of all of God’s
plan, who interpreted for Daniel the vision of the ram and the he-goat,
and comforted him after his prayer with the prophecy of the ‘seventy
weeks’ and who heralded the good tidings by declaring the coming of
the predicted Messiah, would at that point in time and history, call on
Muhammad, one who did not believe in Jehovah God or Jesus as the Son of
God, and ‘reveal’ to him the words of the pagan god Allah to lead
his people with. How’s that again?
It would be most interesting to have the
Houghton-Mifflin experts explain what possessed Gabriel to turn on the
God of Abraham and Jesus Christ to lend assistance to what would become
a murderous cult with no regard for life, the very antithesis of
Christianity. There is a deplorable lack of information here.
And too, the Book of Revelation clearly states that no
words should be added or taken away from that book. So this in itself
poses a major contradiction and problem.
The faulty textbook, Across the Centuries, has more
than its share of deceit. It is stated as fact that Islam, Judaism and
Christianity share in common the belief in one god. This is a half-
truth, which is the worst kind of lie. Christianity and Judaism worship
one God, the God of Abraham. Islam worships one god named Allah. This
hook is misleading on the part of Houghton-Mifflin. The publisher
apparently is attempting to legitimize Islam.
If this were an authentic history, the textbook would
explain that the god of Muhammad was man’s creation. Arabia was a
pagan nation that worshiped over 300 gods. One of those was the moon god
named, al-ilah. Legend has it that the moon god mated with the sun god
and had two daughters, both of whom were worshiped as goddesses. When
Muhammad claimed to have had his ‘vision’ and ‘revelation from
Gabriel’ he chose
al-ilah as the god to build his army around.
Muhammad shortened the name, al-ilah, to, Allah, and
declared that he alone should be worshiped. He forbade the worship of
the daughters. To this day, a crescent moon can be found at the front of
every mosque, acknowledging that Allah was, and is the moon god. All of
this is missing from the Houghton-Mifflin accounts.
It is also to be noted, even though not publicized,
that Allah is also known as, The God of War. So why isn’t this
important study of Islam included in the history books?
The handouts used in this course, obtained by ANS, are
considerable. They include a history of Islam and the life of Muhammad
Muhammad is portrayed as an extremely moral man who
wanted a society of purity. A vast body of historical accounts will
refute this image. Historians will show that he had multiple wives, a
sexual problem, and among his wives, he took a 10-year-old girl for his
pleasure (some accounts list her age as 6).
And Islam promises its followers that those who become
suicide bombers, killing themselves and others, will go directly to
Allah’s paradise where they will be given 72 virgins for unbridled
sexual pleasure for all of eternity.
There are many verses in the Koran that must be
memorized in this Public School course and students are taught to pray,
“in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful” and to
chant, “Praise to Allah, Lord of Creation.”
There are 25 Islamic terms that must be memorized, six
Islamic (Arabic) phrases, 20 Islamic Proverbs to learn along with the
Five Pillars of Faith and 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples to be
“Can you imagine the barrage of lawsuits and
problems we would have from the ACLU if Christianity were taught in the
public schools, and if we tried to teach about the contributions of
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Apostle Paul?” teacher Elizabeth
Lemings lamented. “But when it comes to furthering the Islamic
religion in the public schools, there is not one word from the ACLU,
People For The American Way or anybody else. This is hypocrisy!”
Even more disturbing; students are to pretend that
they are Muslims, wear Muslim clothing to school, stage their own Jihad
via a dice game, and pick out a Muslim name (to replace their own) from
a list of thirty.
ANS asked some of the students what they thought about
this course. All of them felt that “it was fun,” while others
described Islam as “a pretty culture.” This included a pastor’s
son! Joseph Lemings, 12, said, “the Jihad was like playing a video
game,” even though the true violent nature of Jihad was well
Lemings is disturbed by the “fun” description. She
sees it as a tool, not only to engender sympathy and support for the
Muslim cause, but for recruitment. “This is not just a class of
history of examining culture,” she said. “This course is entirely
too specific. It is more about indoctrination.”
Lemings, upon learning of the course on Islam,
approached the principal of Intermediate-Excelsior School of Byron,
Nancy Castro, requesting the right to teach Christianity in the manner
that Islam is taught and for the same length of time.
Castro has not responded to her request. Lemings later
received, roundabout, information that the only way she could do this
would be to teach the Christianity class (as a Christian Club) after
school hours where students would come of their own accord. Otherwise,
she would violate the law of (selective) Separation of Church and State.
In an interview with Nancy Castro, the principal of
the schools in Byron, she stated to ANS that the Islam course (hidden
within “History of Cultures”) reflects California (educational)
Standards that meet State requirements.
When asked about the intensity of the Islamic course,
Castro stated that the course “is not religion, but Ancient Culture
and History. And,” she pointed out, “the text is a State Adopted
textbook. We do not endorse any religion, we just make students aware.”
She stated that the textbook is now in use throughout
California. When asked if she would allow Christianity to be taught the
same way that Islam is taught, Castro stammered before saying that
Christianity is already taught in the History and Culture class, “which,”
she said, “actually starts in the 6th grade.”
She said that this class started a year ago. The
Christianity that is taught is brief, taught as a myth, and strictly
negative. This is how it is portrayed in the textbook.
Lemings had stated to ANS that there were many, many
parents who protested this course on Islam, especially after September
11th ( which, coincidently, is when the course began).. Nancy Castro
contradicted this account.
Asked if there was any response from parents about
this course, Castro answered, “Oh a couple of parents called to
express concerns, three to be exact.”
Peggy Green, Superintendent of the Byron Union School
District did not return calls by press time.
The Muslim’s intentions are clear and the public has
been continually notified of that fact. In nearby Fremont, where the
majority of the over 150,000 Muslims living in the Bay Area reside, Omar
M. Ahmad, chairman of the board of the Council on American-Islamic
relations said this at the Flamingo Palace banquet hall: “I urge
Muslims not to shirk their duty of sharing the Islamic faith with those
who are on the ‘wrong-side’.”
He said that Muslims should not assimilate into
American society. “If you choose to live here, you have a
responsibility to deliver the message of Islam…Islam isn’t in
America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The
Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only
accepted religion on earth,” he said.
These quotes were published in the” San Ramon Valley Herald” on July
4, 1998 (ironically on our Independence Day), 3 years, 2 months and 7
days before September 11, 2001. And like everything else, Americans and
church leaders didn’t pay any attention to it.
In the same article, Ahmad stated: “Everything we need to know is in
the Koran.” And bear in mind that the Koran clearly states that
Muslims are obligated to kill Christians, Jews and all other infidels.
So why would the American Public School System and the
politicians want to further the Islamic faith, push to have it become
the One World Religion and nix Christianity?
Simple. Christians cannot be enslaved. Islam, an
oppressive religion of control, cruelty and fear does enslave, which can
keep people subdued. This is precisely what the future leaders of the
One World Order want to achieve. And the misinformed, make nice,
politically correct crowd seem eager to help them accomplish it.
But the greatest driving factor in all of this is
money. There are the profiteers and politicians who stand to grow in
unspeakable wealth and power by cooperating with the Arabs and finding
favor by helping them and their pagan religion take control. They have
no compunction in selling us out, and our freedom, to accomplish their
goals. These greedy, self-serving investors stand salivating on both
sides of the oil pump.**(see below)
Rev. Austin Miles is a chaplain, author, historian, speaker and
educator. He has been Master-of-Ceremonies for major events in Madison
Square Garden, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall and
at the United Nations in New York **where he was M.C. for the opening of
the new Libyan Embassy. He was not surprised at the various world
leaders he introduced who were there as friends of Libya. But what
unsettled him was the number of American financiers and oil men who were
there as friends of this terrorist nation.
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