Apr 16 2014
I guess when you’re a failed comedian (jokes about Islamophobia have a limited audience), you get to write articles for a 3rd rate leftist website. Here is Palestinian-American Muslim Dean Obeidallah’s opinion about the anti-Islam textbook bill recently passed in Florida.
‘Islamophobic’ Florida Republican Would Legalize Textbook Censorship
The Daily Beast A state senator who says Muslims threaten America wants to give more control to local school boards after a ‘hate’ group asked students to tear out one book’s chapter on Islam.
Could a seemingly innocent education bill championed by Republicans actually be a way for them to censor school textbooks and prevent students from learning about certain (Islam) cultures and religions? In the words of Sarah Palin: “You betcha.”
On Friday, the Florida State Senate passed a bill drafted by Republican Senator Alan Hays that would change the way textbooks are chosen in the Sunshine State. This measure, which was opposed by every Democratic Senator, would alter a process that had been created to “avoid religious and political bias” and empower the local school districts to choose their own textbooks without the approval of the Florida Department of Education.
But there’s more to this legislation than just education, after all it’s opposed by the Florida Parent Teacher Association and the Florida School Board Association. Add to that, this proposal was not requested by any local school boards. In fact, some boards have voiced concerns that they lack the funds and resources to review textbooks.
So why this law? Well, two reasons. It’s part of the Republicans backlash to the Common Core academic standards that they incorrectly dub a federal program. It’s not, it’s a bipartisan State initiative started by Governors.
But the bigger reason Senator Hays is pushing for this law is because of Islam. No, he isn’t a Muslim. Thankfully.
You see, in November a protest erupted in Volusia County, Florida by outraged parents who claimed the school’s world history textbook had dedicated more pages to Islam than other religions. One of the protest organizers even recommended that students tear out the chapter onIslam. God forbid Florida students learn about other cultures and religions (No, only Islam).
Soon anti-Muslim groups got involved to stop the “Islamization of public school” textbooks, including the despicable “Act for America.” When you see the name, “Act for America” please keep in mind that the (Communist) Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed it as a hate group and the (Far leftist) Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has identified them as “extremists.”
Well these Muslim book bashers found a perfect friend in Senator Hays. After all, for the past four years Hays has introduced legislation to ban sharia law in Florida courts. Of course, there hasn’t been any instances of people trying to impose Sharia law in Florida but why should Hays let facts get in the way of demonizing Muslims when it plays to his base? And play to his base it does.
And the Republican Party in Hays own Senate district recently featured a speaker from “Act for America” – yes, that horrible group – (only horrible to Muslim supremacists like you) who offered a talk described as: “If you believe that Islam is just another religion (and not a threat to America and the world)…then you especially need to hear this presentation.”