Another story, this time in the local San Jose Mercury News about the “Declaration of Independence Banned” issue. This time the teacher is “at the center of a reinvigorated debate about the place of religion in public schools.” Well, actually, if you know what this is about, it is about a claim that a school has banned the Declaration of Independence because it contains the word ‘God.’
What stands out in this story is this quote:
“I support him,” said Tom Forese, 30, who works in commercial real estate. “Most elementary schools are requiring the teaching of Islam, and I agree with that. But it’s equally important to teach the Christian view.”
This is a window into the strategy at work here. It is a window into the messages that the Right is sending to its constituents. This person has been led to believe that schools are requiring teachers to teach Islam, and are forbidden to teach about Christianity. And I mean led. Maybe he gets this from here, “they wish to transform public schools at all levels into venues for spreading Islam.” Or here, “In the wake of Sept. 11 … students must memorize many verses in the Koran, are taught to pray ‘in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful’ and are instructed to chant, ‘Praise to Allah, Lord of Creation.’ ‘We could never teach Christianity like this,’ one outraged parent told ANS.” Or here, “Are California seventh-graders being proselytized by the state’s public schools on behalf of Islam? Yes…”. Or here, “We could never teach Christianity like this. We can’t even mention the name of Jesus in the public schools.” Or here, “Public Schools Indoctrinating Impressionable Youth Into Islam” Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here, “Fairfax County school district prohibits recitation of the Lord’s Prayer but encourages students to pray to Allah.”
Are you getting the picture of what is going on here?
THIS is what this is about. These are lies. There is no other word for it. This group is using this lie to spread fear, distrust and sow division in this country. They are trying to set us against each other. Other groups are spreading lies about public schools – and, by extension, “liberals” – forcing kids to reject Christianity and pray to Allah. This is the story.
Update – I meant to add to this before by pointing out that the ACLU is one of the best organizations to help us fight this stuff — at least to fight where they are trying to take it. The Right is going to try to make an end run around separation of church and state. The ACLU will fight it in the courts. They have an ad in the right column. —>>>