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Published On: Wed, Jul 31st, 2013

Florida World History book under attack for pro-Islam slant, Mohammed is a prophet

A Florida school board is reviewing a state-approved world history textbook used in an Advanced Placement class over claims that the book covers Islam is too positive of light while portraying Judaism and Christianity negatively.

The textbook, titled  World History, is published under Pearson’s Prentice Hall imprint and is currently in use in an A.P. class in Brevard County schools, and in school districts across the country.

Florida World History textbookFlorida’s online curriculum came under attack, denying Common Core influences, for anti-Christian statements in the lessons and noting terrorists often seek out jihad because of their low self-esteem.

It contains a 36-page chapter fondly devoted to “Muslim Civilizations,” reports Todd Starnes at FOX News.

Sections include discussions of the rise of Islam and the growth of the Muslim empire.

“The book has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Florida House Republican Ritch Workman said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”

Workman said he received a copy of the book and he said it’s clear the authors “make a very obvious attempt not to insult Islam by reshaping history.”

“If you don’t see it from the eyes of a parent, kids are going to take this book as gospel and believe that Christians and Jews were murderous barbarians and thank God the Muslims came along and the world is great,” he said.

For example, Workman said a reference to Mohammed and his armies taking over Medina states, “people happily accepted Islam as their way of life.”

“It leaves out that tens of thousands of Jews and non-believers were massacred by Mohammed’s armies,” he said. “It’s a blatant deception.”

Some other areas of criticism are listed below.

“Pearson and its authors adhere to the highest editorial standards when creating course materials, which undergo a rigorous review process,” Pearson spokeswoman Susan Aspey told Fox News. “A review of the book shows there is balanced attention given to the beliefs of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.”

However, Workman said that statement is “patently unfair and untrue.”

“They hired a Muslim cleric to write the Muslim section,” he said. “The publisher told me.”

Aspey said that’s not correct.

She said “academic experts did review the content, but they did not write it or edit it.”

The book indicates that Jesus proclaimed himself to be the Messiah while stating as fact that Mohammed is a prophet, Workman said. Students are also given lessons on the Koran and the five pillars of Islam.

The use of the word ‘massacre’ when it’s a Christian battle and ‘takeover’ when it’s a Muslim battle,”

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  1. Nancy Evins says:

    I used this material as a reference in a letter to our local paper and the editor wrote back, saying he would not publish it because so much of it was untrue.

    The name of the paper is “The Democrat”. Could that be the cause?

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