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Book: Readin’, Writin’, and Jihadin’: The Islamization of American Public Schools
Author: Robert Spencer
Publisher: David Horowitz Freedom Center, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.horowitzfreedomcenter.org
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Parents
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Spencer, Robert. Readin’, Writin’, and Jihadin’: The Islamization of American Public Schools (Published in 2018 by David Horowitz Freedom Center, P.O. Box 55089, Sherman Oaks, CA 91499). This sixty-page booklet addresses the Islamization of our public schools. Author Robert Spencer begins, “The commitment to ‘multiculturalism’ that has now taken over K-12 education in America has been a godsend for Muslims anxious to use schools and textbooks to proselytize for Islam.” He goes on to say that worried about appearing insufficiently “tolerant” and “inclusive,” too many public schools and individual teachers have succumbed to an organized campaign by U.S.-based Islamic organizations and their primary benefactor, Saudi Arabia, to present a view of Islam that whitewashes its violent history and intolerant doctrines. Spencer details jaw-dropping examples in recent years. He Indeed, the anti-Christian bias accompanying the teaching of Islam is one of the most egregiously misleading aspects of this not-so-subtle proselytizing. Some sources of this misinformation in schools go so far as to suggest that Islamic terrorism is justified, that Western exploitation, oppression, and aggression are to blame for such atrocities as the 9/11 attacks.
Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. This short work is a quick read but a startling and crucial warning about the degree to which Islamic proselytization has already taken hold in our educational system and is accelerating. It notes that the presentation of Islam goes far beyond educating the students about it to actively promoting it. No similar favorable attention is given in the classroom to Christianity or any other religion. Spencer notes that one textbook council reported, “While seventh-grade textbooks describe Islam in glowing language, they portray Christianity in a harsh light. … Islam is featured as a model of interfaith tolerance; Christians wage wars of aggression.”
The Left would have an apoplectic fit if Christianity were to be promoted in public schools, but seems to have no problem kowtowing to pressure from Islamists for indoctrination of public school students regarding Islam, with a whitewashed version of Islam being presented in classrooms, textbooks, and special school events. Concepts central to Islamic history and theology, such as jihad, sharia, and dhimmitude, are downplayed in educational materials (when they are covered at all), and Islam is depicted as far more tolerant, inclusive, and peaceful than actual history suggests. The result is that young Western minds are conditioned into viewing their own values and culture with suspicion, while being dissuaded from understanding how fundamentalist Islam is a threat. Spencer concludes that the “self-hatred mandated by multiculturalism in American public school students for decades now has created a vacuum, which Muslims have shown themselves to be all too eager to fill.”