Texas School District Investigates Muslim Bias, Finds Christian Bias Instead

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Despite having the most wealthy and politically powerful voice in the country, some zealous Christians never feel secure or safe enough. When radical right-wingers aren’t decrying the insidious secularism of those shifty-eyed atheists, they’re more often than not found using law enforcement, legislation and military strength to discriminate against Muslims whom they feel, without a sense of irony, are going to trample on their religious freedom.

Public school policies are no exception. After the paranoid complaints of an Irving, Texas resident with the email header ‘IRVING ISD INDOCTRINATING ISLAM’, (which would have gone directly in my SPAM folder with the other psychotic FWDs and conservative rantings), school board members and district officials leapt at the opportunity to ”stand up against the pro Islamic teaching in our public schools.”

Via AlterNet:

The alleged indoctrination had to do with the fact that the district uses a state-wide teaching program called CSCOPE, which is put together by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, administered by an organization called Region 10 .

Selk writes that district officials took the claims seriously enough to reach out to Region 10, which tried to reassure the school’s board members that the program meets all state requirements. When that wasn’t enough they hired someone to review the curriculum for Islamic bias. Selk writes that the director, Jan Moberly, said she hired a “very socially and fiscally conservative” former social studies teacher who “watches Glenn Beck on a regular basis” to seek out any Islamic bias in CSCOPE.

Guess what Moberly found? There was religious bias, but in fact it was a bias against Islam. Christianity got the highest billing, with twice as many mentions as any other religion in CSCOPE.

Russell’s fear-mongering turned out to be as valid as the mythical war on Christmas. But the revelation that there is bias against Islam is nothing new for many of the country’s young Muslims. Teaching Tolerance lists a few of the many incidents that have been reported in schools:

  • In St. Cloud, Minn., a high school student created a short-lived Facebook group called “I hate the Somalians at Tech High.” The area is home to one of the largest groups of Somali refugees in the country, many of whom are Muslim.
  • In Oklahoma, a student was suspended after wearing a hijab, or headscarf, at school on September 11, although she had worn it for weeks before.
  • In Massachusetts, when a Cambridge store burned down, Muslim high school students were asked by classmates if they bombed the store.
  • In New York, four high school students were charged with a hate crime after spending more than a year bullying a Muslim classmate, occasionally beating him and calling him a terrorist.

Read more about the shameful culture war at AlterNet.

Once again, your tax dollars are well at work to keep idiotic controversy in schools, and true religious equality out. Funny, every time an atheist parent complains about the proselytizing Christian dogma or symbols (or whatever their equivalents of hijabs and berqas), it’s the non-believer who is called a zealot. I guess when you have God on your side, He excuses double standards of biblical proportions.

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  • DeepCough

    It’s Texas, you should not be terribly shocked.

  • BuzzCoastin

    forgive them Father for they know not what they do

    but doesn’t everyone ignore what they’re taught in school
    or is that just the smart people?

    • LanceHardpound

      C’mon not everything learned in school needs to be ignored.

      Math, for example, should never be ignored.

      Also, in keeping with the topic of the article, God could have prevented this easily if He were omnipotent; he WOULD have prevented it if He were omnibenevolent.
      Conclusion: 1) He does not exist OR 2) If He does exist, He lacks omnipotence and/or omnibenevolence as Christians (like Huckabee) seem to believe

      • InfvoCuernos

        That’s been my conclusion. God is either not real, or a real asshole. Either way, I think its not worth attracting his attention.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          God as a “real asshole” pretty much describes the Gnostic conception of the demiurge

    • eyebeam

      It depends on the teachers. I had a great social studies/history teacher who was well -read in wider knowledge, and encouraged us to do our own research.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Water; wet, sky; blue, film of terrible people being terrible at eleven.

  • Shneevels

    Christianity is the ONLY TRUE RELIGION. Any attempt to abrogate it, remove it, or otherwise diminish it is evil and must be stopped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Libby-Tarian/100003744974313 Libby Tarian

    Why have I not seen one blog or comment showing people know the history behind the reason why the constitution says separation of church and state. I certainly don’t assume people know. The founders of the constitution were over 95% children and grandchildren of southern English protestants who fled England when the last Catholic king was on the throne. They fled because after Henry 8th rejected Catholicism, he was succeeded but a succession of monarchs over the next 150 years or so who switched between Catholicism and Protestantism endlessly. Each switch saw heads roll, people hung drawn and quartered and burned at the stake. When a monarch died that was Protestant and their successor was Catholic, or vice versa, you’d best switch quick and start paying the collection plate at the local Catholic congregation otherwise you could be dragged out of your bed at night and tortured in the local dungeon within earshot of your loved ones for a few weeks, then hung upside down with your legs spread in the town square and sawn in half while still alive, from your crotch to your skull. This sent a clear message that religious taxation was now due to the religion of the new monarch and would be enforced by the new monarchs armies, paid for by the taxes they extorted from the common people.

    THAT is why there is separation of church and state and that war to restore power to any religion is n ot over and may never be. It’s not about freedom of religion. It’s about freedom FROM religion. Is it a concidence that this doesn’t seem to be taught in schools? Is it a coincidence that not one blog has pointed this out when the Repub’s were fighting to take control. Yet another christian religion that has been planning to take over for….

    Why do people keep talking about democracy and not the fact that the US is not a democracy, it’s a republic. That’s very important. A democracy allows the majority to dominate everyone else legally. A republic says the majority does not make the laws for the minority. The REASON for the US being a republic is so that no religion can take over. No set of beliefs the majority subscribe and submit to can overthrow the freedom of beliefs of the rest. No dogma can dominate those that protest – that have a right to protest. This is because where those families came from, protesting meant a very painful death. This is American history. Why isn’t anyone talking about it. Why do people think people fled their homes to come to a wild and strange land, full of danger with no security, abandoned their belongings and families. Why. Certainly not because there were cities and streets paved with gold. No – there were not cities and laws and sewers and fields with harvests and orchards and farms. There was wilderness and natives who they knew nothing about and who they had no relationship with. They were strangers in foreign land they had no experience with. Why? Because they fled terror and constant religious tyranny that makes the Taliban look like teddy bears.

    People think Rome and it’s warrior class who dominated most of Europe were overthrown and Rome was sacked, and it was but their troops were spread far and wide. The truth is, that’s not why the Roman’s stopped using the sword to dominate and tax Europe. It was because they realized it would be easier and cheaper to simply dominate them spiritually and make them submit to a religion that would demand collection plate taxes. This is no different than the mob or any other gang related extortion business. Get people over a barrel and tax them – that’s extortion and that’s what religions do. But the promise of rewards for their injured consciences, promises of eternal salvation and forgiveness for their shame, promises to broker their fractured relationship with god, their inner voice that they often ignore, would keep them on their knees.

    They felt the religion of Jesus coming up through their military ranks and instead of fighting it, they learned to USE it to gain the same wealth and power they had gained at the tip of swords for centuries. They adapted rather than dying.

    Recently, in the last election, they fought again, but coming that close to electing an ex bishop, a business leader instrumental in dismantling American businesses and shipping them offshore to cheaper labor, electing a leader in a mandatory tithing christian church, aligned with another as second in command… that is an old war and just another battle within a war that has been simmering for centuries and it was a close shave this time. Mitt Romney won’t be back but Paul Ryan will. Isn’t he Catholic? Oh boy, here we go again. You can run and run and cross the ocean in wooden boats for weeks and toil and slave and build a great nation with innumerable laws to protect you from your past but eventually, there it is, once again, right in front of you. May as well face it head on.