Jan 11 2013
NORTH CAROLINA: U.S. Representative Walter Jones opposes Saudi-funded government grant to Craven Community College for books and DVDs about Islam
Officially, the grant for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf/Muslim Journeys program is from the National Endowment for the Humanities, but these kinds of grants virtually always originate with the Saudi government, which provides more than 70% of the funding for history textbooks currently being used in American schools (See links below video)
JDNews U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-Farmville, has taken a stand against a recent grant to Craven Community College to provide 25 books and a DVD to “introduce Muslim cultures to Americans,” Jones’ office said in a news release. The “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” grant came from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf/Muslim Journeys is a set of over 25 books and documentaries, as well as other resources including access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, that have been selected for distribution to up to 1,000 competing public libraries, academic libraries, and state humanities councils at the start of next year in an effort to familiarize the public with the diverse people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in America and around the globe.
Jones has consistently opposed federal spending bills that give money to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, his office said. “It is appalling to me that a federal agency like NEH is wasting taxpayer money on programs like this,” Jones said. “It makes zero sense for the U.S. government to borrow money from China in order to promote the culture of Islamic civilizations.”
Book titles include: “The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam,” “The Story of the Qur’an,” “Muhammad,” and “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America.”
To receive the grant, the college library is “required to organize programs that introduce the books and the Muslim Journeys themes to the library’s patrons and the broader community.” The library also must add the books to its circulating collection. If Craven Community College accepts the grant, Jones has called on college leaders to follow their policy of providing “balanced” resources for library patrons.
In a letter to the college, Jones asks the board of trustees to give equal exposure to books about Christianity and America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage.“However, in light of the government’s role in keeping God out of the public square and the obstacles that Christians face when it comes to prayer and the ability to publicly proclaim our faith, it just seems more than odd that the federal government will provide a package of ‘Muslim Journeys’ to a number of colleges nationwide,” Schill said. “It’s even more perplexing knowing the fiscal problems facing our nation.”