September 19th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Texas education board mulls banning ‘pro-Islamic’ history books

A new front in the Texas textbook wars may soon erupt.

The Texas Board of Education is considering targeting history textbooks that promote a “pro-Islamic, anti-Christian” point of view, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The board, which overhauled the state's history and social studies curriculum in May to reflect conservative values, will examine a resolution next week that would warn publishers not to “push a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian viewpoint” in world history textbooks, the newspaper reported.

Conservative board members requested the resolution after a candidate for a board seat warned them that “Middle Easterners” are buying textbook publishing companies.

Terrence Stutz of The Dallas Morning News reported:

A preliminary draft of the resolution states that "diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts" across the U.S. and that past social studies textbooks in Texas also have been "tainted" with pro-Islamic, anti-Christian views.

In May, The Texas board’s conservative bloc, overhauled its existing social studies and history curriculum to reflect conservative contributions to U.S. history.

Among the approved amendments, according to the Texas Education Agency: discussions of the "solvency of long term entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare"; and an examination of why "the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America" and guaranteed its free exercise.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Culture wars • Education • Fundamentalism • Islam

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  2. Iqbal khan

    Please listen and read....and learn..


    October 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    Its never too late, with all due respect I ask Honerable president Obama to do what he promised before the election to end the Unjust Bush's Wars and save us all.

    September 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Accept to see this with all love and respect;

    Listen with your Ears,Read with your Eyes,Think with your Mind,Judge with your Heart find Truth for the Love of God. When you make one step towards God ,God makes ten towards you, you walk towards him,he comes running to you and that is Love of God is to connect with God through worship,behavior,prayers,praises,glorifies those clean heart deep from darkness of any satanic obsession,scruple,misgiving.

    They say some day some one will come to take you so very faraway and love will show the way..


    September 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
    • Hughes

      Since true love is found only in Christ, that's where mine is.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. I thank Allah for that and happy for you. Wonder though if possible to be Muslim,your book is Quran but your Prophet Jesus the son of Merriam doughtier of Omran.SWA?? Surely will work fine One God One Book 3 Religions, what a dream for peace on earth. OK you want your books, well until Angeel is gathered to it's original form of translation as well those of Jew then would be One God 3 books, 3 prophets? Well better than nothing I say?? God Bless You Hughes and that is one step towards the truth of God and His Holy Message to Humans.

      September 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • Hughes


      No... sorry you got that wrong again. Allah isn't in the Bible, and the Quran isn't accurate at all in describing Jesus. Unfortunately you appear unfamiliar with the Biblical texts.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. I meant to say I thank Allah for you. Another thing who says Quran was not fair with Jesus? Quran has spoken of Jesus highly! Beside that our Arab Cristian and Jewish bibles call God as Allah in their texts as well as those in Palestine source of Jew and Christian Religion so if there is any thing wrong it would be in the book you are given? I am true unfamiliar with the bible texts since I was was told you have so many Bible books and claims to have the true one so you see if I am to read I would prefer to read one that all agree upon.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • Hughes


      I realize we have a language barrier… so I appreciate the difficulty.

      What I said was that the Quran doesn’t describe Jesus accurately. For example, the Quran says that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, but was “taken away” (sura 4:157) This is an error, especially considering the numbers of eye-witnesses.

      Your statement about Allah. The Quran describes a God that isn’t gracious and loving, but very judgmental. The Quran contains no salvation, as the Bible explains. That’s what I mean. The Quran instructs believers to smite and kill unbelievers, God of the Bible is gracious and understanding.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. Yes you are right my mother tongue language is Arabic.
      Now about Jesus verse in the Quran I have seen the translation stating that some one else resembled him! While Quran said Shobaha lihem, which means that, which they thought have seen and there were disputes and doubt and have no knowledge of it but following doubt and not killed him for sure, only that God has raised him to him.
      So you see witnesses are dead men and many books changed due translation from language to another I would only believe the only unchanged book and God was capable of the miracle birth of Jesus and him talking to defend his mother at baby age,to do what ever said to save Jesus from being crucified on the cross!
      Check about books in sura 5:44 to 50 and more about prophets in sura 61:5 to 11.
      You will enjoy it I hope.    

      September 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. We in life are at a test by God after give us words of books through prophets to warn us on what is right and what is wrong. You expect the class in this test to study it well and do as mentioned in it, now end of the test or exam there are who fail and those who pass each would expect to receive his rewards that been promised in the books in such case you wouldn't like to see that you worked hard and earned it and another one who failed to join with you as earned it?
      God is very merciful but as well can be opposite to that to those who doubted him and dilebratly doing wrong challenging him and on his followers. One example of who are promised to remain in fire to eternity are The Devil and pharaoh that was chasing Moses and all that are similar to him claiming to be Gods on Earth.
      The hell has 7 doors each door has a separate place that meaning levels depending on the class of the guest and his doings some will remain for ever and others will pass pay their dues and then removed to Janah,peradise which has as well 7 doors with separate place in levels depending on the class of the guest who will remain in it for ever. Check this sura 15:49-50 then 42 to 48 it will tel you more.

      September 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Total International Corruption from A to Z and that what has the Present achieved for humanity or humanity achieved to the present?? Humanity is Sick and Sickening worse every day.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan


    September 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • Muneef

      That explains it all in better words than mine as Quran law is called Al Sharia... Islam is of an International Nationality.

      September 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Hughes

      A classic example of Islam and it's purpose to take over governments so that all will be going their way.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  7. life4u

    U must take a stand for your america or the freedom haters will snare you as you cower infront of your tv set/the dark side never slumbers it is like the worker aint

    September 27, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  8. Muneef

    @Hughes. You know will need to ask sheikh if Piacy acts at Sea fall into the category of 5:33 ?

    September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • Muneef

      Meaning piracy at sea

      September 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
    • Hughes

      I'm thankful I don't follow a God such as described in the Quran.

      September 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
    • Muneef

      .@Hughrs. Need from you to give some effort to just understand your people of this faith so at least if supposed to integrate as Americans you will understand each other or other wise your dealings will as foreigner to foreigner. Here I am not asking you to become Muslim and you are not compelled to take it as a religion you are to follow no that is not the purpose, the purpose is that you may return to debate Muslims further out of knowledge of true Islam pure of any Sofia things to remind them were they are wrong because Quran and Sharia is in one way and the whole Islamic countries are on another and that's why we suffer failure,corruption, unproductiveness,aggressiveness as a nation of a religion of peace. But the truth no matter how long you runaway they say some day some one will come to take you so very very faraway and love will show the way..
      Listen to that sure you would like it

      September 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
    • Hughes


      The problem is that Islam doesn't rely on grace and love to change the heart of man. As you said earlier, Islam relies on man's power alone to be good, and not corrupt. As Paul points out in Chapter 6 of Romans, the law is powerless to change the heart of man. Only Christ can do that from the inside out.

      Islam isn't a religion of peace, so sorry, but you've not disproven the simple violent statements made in the Quran.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  9. Muneef

    @Hughes. Final one is Surah 8:39 it is the same but check the verse 8:38 what it says it is the same only to be in war with who is in war with us and does not be honest playing fair and square with Muslims and never keep a vow. Or promise or what so ever seems history repeats it's self as you might understand what and who I meant from history.?!
    Finally I have spent few hours now writing this since my English and typing is not that much of speed and just for this effort I made in love of God don't call me lair as some did with out telling me where or what. Well I guess all prophets and messengers of God were called liars or crazy or bewitched or sorcerer all such staff among which was Muhammed SWA.

    September 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
    • Hughes

      again, the verse promotes violence. There's no denying that. Thank you for your efforts.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Muneef

    @Hughes. Now about Surah 5:36 it says those Kafir if had the whole what's on earth twice they be to pay it out to be saved fro fires of hells. But what you wrote is 5:33 talking about those who used to do pirate acts in the desert for the caravans of trades during the voyage of winter and summer and those who do corruption so if caught are either to do them or deport them to immigrate out of country society...I think that happened before by old Europe deporting to some other countries overseas.

    September 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
    • Hughes

      It's possible that you don't understand the error when it says, "The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified..."

      When Islam instructs it's followers to kill and crucify those *they* perceive as fighting against their God, that is a violent religion.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  11. Muneef

    @Hughes. These 2:193 and 47:4 speaks of those who are attacking us invading us moving us from our houses and land taking our belongings and those at time of war with invaders and that as they did you do them. And that God is with those fear him most? Which in the end does not say Muslims would win the war but says that he God is with those who fears him most and that was in every Sura or verse it always ends like this. And those who fears God most are found in Muslim as in Christian as in Jews or any who believe in God and not the Dark Side.

    September 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
    • Hughes

      Problem is that it uses the word, "unbeliever" or "Disbelieve" indicating that the aggression also has to do with the persons belief.

      Islam is clearly promoting violence toward unbelievers.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Iqbal khan


    September 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
    • Hughes

      I agree, it's silly. He doesn't even deal with the issue.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  13. Iqbal khan

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    September 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
    • Hughes

      Pretty silly.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  14. Muneef

    @Hughes. Now about the second one that was history instruction as on an invasion there and then to spare life those surrender,you know like when SalahAlddin allowed those who surrendered in jursalam. And that they are obliged to pay taxes as every body else since Algizia means taxes the government bank that was call then bait mall almuslmeen, Muslim Financial house which was paying out giving supporting the needy of Muslims and non Muslims until a time came no one from east to west and north to south in the time of Omer bin Alkatab and on the time of Omer Abdul Aziz,needed any support money meant for the poor used to come back because there were no poor ones of Muslims or non Muslims?? People used to fear God really and go as the book but unfortunately some of all of us humans are as the Quran said that they are with their books like a donkey carrying books,written as asfaar, the name as religious but not aware of truth translation from Quran versus into common man Arabic dialect or the translation into English that might need to be translated to common man English dialect see how much process by man and how much errors there could be in every language our book was printed?? And if we are hard people maybe because of our environments,hard life,poverty?but about being blind with out a book in the right hand and not as a donkey then we are all in peace so do not please do not accuse or condemn Islam as the wrong doings of people in it's name either by Muslims or non Muslims are in eternal
    conspiracy against Islam as no one said that all Muslims are near perfect it is the percentage in each individual that counts of good morals and wisdom and some few it is like a thermostat up and down as climate goes.

    September 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
    • Hughes


      Now about the second one that was history instruction as on an invasion there and then to spare life those surrender….”

      Right, so you think it’s not violent to say “fight those who believe not….”

      Your explanation that it was a historical instruction “as on an invasion” isn’t comforting or non-violent in the least. The Quran is what it is, nothing is going to change that. It’s violent nature there for all to read.

      And no I’ve not attempted to say that Muslims should all be perfect. My point is that Islam itself promotes violence, just as the instructions of these six verses expose. And I don’t expect good Muslims to ignore their own teachings.

      September 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. The third one 9:5 would ask you to kindly mention 9:4 what it says? Which is the main issue here that Islam says to deal fair and just with those who keep their, SlovoEd ar,en, covenant,compact,convention,pact,treaty,agreement,pledge,vow promise,commitment,obligation.
      So it say those who play it fair and square play it with them fair and square but those who do not play it fair and square after the war or fight forbidden months go after those who failed to play it fair and square and do not keep their what ever words are above for it. Read 9:6 and any way that was talking about those who worship many gods and not God the on and the only that came with the messengers of God so had no book of heavens or those who pretended to be Muslim while doing against and if repented and did worship and pay Zakat then they are our brothers in religion. Here in every book God was ordering us to worship and pay Zakat Almall which is 2.5percent of annually on the price of gold there and then and on any bank fixed deposits that made a whole year round up.we pay it during Holy Month of Ramadan to needy family,relatives,beggar,orphans,feed hungry, dress the naked and so on of charity work. My God the feeling in your heart when you do that out of love and not as with hate, it is like becoming so light can fly,it's like dropping down heavy weight chains off you self, it cleanse the heart.

      September 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm |
    • Hughes


      “Which is the main issue here that Islam says to deal fair and just with those who keep their, SlovoEd ar,en, covenant,compact,convention,pact,treaty,agreement,pledge,vow promise,commitment,obligation.
So it say those who play it fair and square play it with them fair and square but those who do not play it fair and square after the war or fight forbidden months go after those who failed to play it fair and square and do not keep their what ever words are above for it.”

      In this sense you are correct, Islam is not just a violent religion. But also a violent set of social regulations. This is what Muslims don’t understand about Christianity, and American’s don’t understand about Islam.
      Muslims assume that since Islam is all about social law (Shire a Law), they assume that Christianity is also. They look at the US and mock the US as being bad Christians, like you did when you criticized the US freedom of speech law as being an unfair law.
      The problem is that Christianity isn’t like Islam. Christianity transcends the social laws, Christ taught us how to live in any culture. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Never did Jesus say to “slay them” as Mohamed said and did as an example to his followers.

      You want to ignore the violence and attempt to explain why Muhamed said to “slay the pegans.” As if it’s peaceful to slay people who treat you unfairly or break their agreements. Sorry. Maybe in your world it’s peaceful and merciful to slay people, but not in mine.

      September 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Many acting like the Three Wise Monkeys on this particular issue if they believe and have that much faith in their bibles they should take it all and all signs not just take the bits they like or fits situations?  
    One Lettered Man and Three wise Monkeys.! God in the Quran talks to us directly these came because were meant for us and Prophets were the Media through which this message was to reach us ordering us to learn (Iqra)read,listen,think,decide for your self.

    September 25, 2010 at 10:03 am |
    • Hughes

      Intelligent people have read and rejected Islam as irrational and a religion promotes violence among those who truly follow it.

      Don't convert to Christianity if you're already a Muslim, even your own family will be out to kill you.

      September 25, 2010 at 11:32 am |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. Islam does not promote violence among followers the thing that promotes violence is the acts of your politicians deciding our future for us and dividing our lands giving it away to whom does not deserve an inch of it.
      The petty is that who ever stands up for his right you consider him as terrorist therefore you have planted and financed your own terrorist groups to kill innocents in markets and at Mosques, who would believe that a Muslim would kill Muslims at Mosque praying or leaving either Sunni or Shia'a but your group did that to have them divided fighting each other, The conspiracy is tightening up against Islam and Muslims but God promised Islam victory against the will of all odds.
      With all the respect I hold to Jesus the prophet of God and his belief I would not convert from Islam to Christianity, why , it is not because I fear my society? No it is because you may say I have the latest version of the Holy Books of God and latest model of the Prophets of God to follow so why should I go back to older model and version? Isn't it that what you do following always latest of every things from products to films to games but when it is about religion,faith,belief then you stick to oldest even if not clear to you and not fully convinced that you understand what it is talking about? Yours promotes Slavery to man and ours promote Slavery to God only. (Can't Hear, Can't See , Can't Talk) do you call this wisdom is this the truth?

      September 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • Hughes


      “Islam does not promote violence among followers…”

      Wrong. I quoted six verses (above) from the Quran that tells the followers of Muhammed to do violence.

      “The petty (point?) is that who ever stands up for his right you consider him as terrorist…”

      No… a terrorist are followers of Islam that threaten to kill if you burn the Quran. A terrorist is one who instead of talking at a table as rational people, they blow up buildings and people in public places to coerce people by using fear.

      “… but God promised Islam victory against the will of all odds.”

      That’s interesting because Jesus said that the Jews will have the protection of God against her attackers, which appears to me to be Muslims.

      “…you stick to oldest even if not clear to you and not fully convinced that you understand what it is talking about? Yours promotes Slavery to man …”

      First… I completely understand what Jesus taught, and the reason I follow Jesus isn’t because his teachings are the oldest, but because they are true and Islam is clearly false.

      And no, you are mistaken, Christianity doesn’t promote slavery. What it does is instruct those who were in that situation, on how to live.

      September 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Hughes. Listen...God the one and only is exist no matter what you tell me. About God's Bibles (Translations from language to language has dislocated the look over all of the message other than if there were intended manipulations by man??! The quern is innocent of your claim that it promotes violence and all that is in it is the telling of history stories beside teachings that we forgive and that we are to defend protect our rights.
      Now having seen your mentioned versus Surah 5:54, it does not say friends and that is why I said translation is not correct it is more like SlovoEd Dictionary it means: To follow. To manage,run,direct,rule. So it is not to give our necks to the one's who would not spare it to erase a whole faith, but once in the Hijra of muslims to Ethiopia they seeked the protection of the emperor who was a Christian Emperor and a Christian country and therefore your verse translation was wrong and there would be many more others that are making our indifference's of opinion??

      September 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
    • Hughes


      “The quern is innocent of your claim that it promotes violence and all that is in it is the telling of history stories beside teachings that we forgive and that we are to defend protect our rights.”

      Clearly there are translation problems, but they aren’t insurmountable.

      Let’s look at some of the "innocent" Quranic texts…

      “do not befriend those among the recipients of previous scripture who mock and ridicule your religion, nor shall you befriend the disbelievers.”

      "Fight those who believe not in God…”

      "Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them,…”

      "Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks…”

      "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution or crucifixion, or the cutting off the hands and feet…”

      "And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression,…”

      Now notice the action words used, “Fight, smite, execution, fight…” Does that sound like peaceful religious teaching to you?

      Just look at the net result of such peaceful teachings. When a guy in the US threatens to burn the Quran, this peaceful religion threatens to kill Christians. Hmm… not an unexpected reaction from a violent religion.

”Now having seen your mentioned versus Surah 5:54, it does not say friends and that is why I said translation is not correct it is more like SlovoEd Dictionary it means: To follow. To manage,run,direct,rule.”

      Well, in the “Authorized” translation the word “friend” is used, but it’s noted as a different verse, 5:57, if it’s not friend and it means to manage, run, direct, rule, then why is that it doesn’t say that in the Authorized version?

      September 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  16. Muneef

    Man of God respectable Terry Jones,of Florida's Dove's Church, maybe a day would come that the world and Muslims would thank you for your causing all these discussions to come out today's on this site blogs and many other sites blogs and to it leading to have more people religious discussions leading them read and learn more about Islam and the Quran many who's eyes had opened to reality converted to Islam or at least respect Muslims and their religion. After all you are a man of God and God has made use of you as an antibiotic to be given to faiths that leads to having hidden truths prevailed and explored. May God Allah give you guidance to convert in to Islam or establish a Church that says and calls that God Allah is One and Only and that muhammed was the promised comforter,messenger and being the final of prophets of God....Ameen. Here your Dove will be the Dove of Peace we been waiting is within your hand to help establish. Sohan Allah.

    September 25, 2010 at 9:17 am |
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