An Islamic “jihad” is an effort by Muslims to convince “others to take up worthy causes, such as funding medical research,” according to a middle school textbook used in California and other states.
And even at its most violent, “jihad” simply is Muslims fighting “to protect themselves from those who would do them harm,” says the “History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond” book published by Teachers’ Curriculum Institute.
But a parent whose child has been handed the text in a Sacramento district is accusing the publisher of a pro-Muslim bias to the point that Islamic theology has been incorporated into the public school teachings.
“It makes an attempt to seem like an egalitarian world history book, but on closer inspection you find that seven (not all are titled so) of the chapters deal with Islam or Muslim subjects,” wrote the parent, whose name was being withheld, in a letter to WND.
“The upsetting part is not only do they go into the history (which would be acceptable) but also the teaching of Islam,” she said. “This book does not really go into Christianity or the teachings of Christ, nor does it address religious doctrine elsewhere to the degree it does Islam.”
* Just a bunch of inner strugglers….
She said the book’s one page referencing Jews “is only to convey that they were tortured by Crusaders to get them to convert to ‘Christianity.’ (It fails to mention that the biggest persecutors of Jews throughout history and still today are Arab Muslims). It gives four other one-liner references to the Jews being blamed for the plagues and problems in the land. It does not talk about the Jews as making a significant impact on the culture at large.”
“How can the writers of this text get away with this?” she asked.
A MAN who had ammunition in his pocket and a loaded pistol on the back seat of his car when he was pulled over told police he was, “going hunting with my uncle”.
The gun was ready to fire when police pulled over Mahmud Jihad, 26, in Rooty Hill on Tuesday.
Also in a bag in the back seat was a tazer, Mount Druitt local court heard yesterday.
A further three pistols – including a Russian semi-automatic – were found when police raided Jihad’s Shalvey home later the same day.
‘Poverty breeds terrorism:’
Along with the cache of guns and ammunition found in the bedroom of the builder’s labourer, was $59,550 in cash.
Jihad yesterday faced court on 15 charges, including having a firearm in a public place.
The court heard Jihad was sentenced to 12 months’ jail in 2005 for similar offences.
Jihad’s estranged parents and sister were in court yesterday when he applied for bail.
His lawyer Charles Zarb argued that although his client had priors for similar offences, he had always turned up at court, even when a jail sentence was likely.
But prosecutor Pauline McCann said Jihad’s actions demonstrated that he was an active risk to the public.
Jihad was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear again on March 28.