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.”
But putting aside Hays personal views about Muslims, the legislation is alarming because it could lead to censorship. As Democratic Florida State Senator Geraldine Thompson explained to me, this law would enable all 67 Florida school districts to adopt their own textbooks. Consequently, some districts may ban books that discuss other lifestyles or cultures they find objectionable.
I reached out to Senator Hays for comment but he never responded. Although I wasn’t surprised because his staffer I spoke to had never heard of The Daily Beast. (Only leftists have ever heard of this biased rag)
This proposed law could truly result in conservative school districts putting aside what’s in the best interest of the students (Islam is NEVER in the best interest of anyone) and instead only choosing textbooks that teach political and social views that comport with their right wing politics. (As if anything related to the far left American school system could be considered right wing)
At this point, the Senate bill is headed to the Florida State House for consideration. Hopefully, the members of the Florida House, Democrats and Republicans alike, will reject Senator Hays’ proposed legislation. Any other result will open the dangerous door of censorship in the Florida school system. (NOT censoring Islam is the only danger to Florida schools)
Dean Obeidallah showing his roots
Where is Eric Holder suing the cab companies for homophobia? Where are the courts forcing the drivers to ignore their beliefs as they do with Christians? Crickets. Muslim cabbies, for religious reasons, are refusing to drive cabs with signs promoting the Gay Games on top of airport cabs.
19 Action News Brian Duffy spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest. Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned.
We’re told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving. We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us. Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls.
Tom Nobbe, the executive director of the games, says he’s a bit disappointed. “When you look at what’s going on around the world it’s not a huge surprise. In some parts of the world LGBT folks are not very welcome,” said Tom Nobbe of the Gay Games.
“Even though there will be a handful of folks who are not comfortable the vast majority and we’re seeing it now are totally enthusiastic and ready to welcome all these folks into town,” added Nobbe.
Today, two of the three taxi cab companies (Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab) operating from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) were informed by several of their drivers they will no longer participate in the airport’s (CLE) dedicated taxi cab program. The drivers informed their respective companies their decision was based on religious reasons. The airport is committed to providing this necessary customer service to our arriving passengers seeking transportation from the airport to their final destination. An agreement has been brokered by the airport between the taxi cab stand operator, Standard Parking, and the affected taxi cab companies that will allow for the replacement of those drivers who no longer wish to participate in CLE’s taxi cab program. The affected taxi cab companies will backfill the airport’s dedicated fleet with metered taxi cabs until each company can hire permanent drivers for the airport’s taxi cab program. It is expected to take approximately 2-3 weeks to repopulate the airport’s Taxi fleet.
Considering they don’t even get as many viewers as BNI gets readers everyday, it isn’t a surprise.
THR (h/t Ann L) Al Jazeera America, which launched last August with nearly 850 employees and 12 news bureaus in the United States, has laid off dozens of employees as part of restructuring. The channel is disbanding its sports unit and scaling back its social-media-driven show The Stream from a daily show to a once-a-week program.
In a note to employees on Friday, the cable news channel’s president, Kate O’Brian, stated that staff reductions were part of a process of restructuring after initial hires were made for the launch. “In the seven months since launch we have built a channel that it took other networks years to do,” O’Brian wrote. “As you know, that required extensive effort, planning and resources. We always understood we would need considerable resources to meet our goals.”
“This will have an immediate impact on some staff, freelancers, independent contractors, and other project-oriented individuals who have been with us for several months,” O’Brian noted.
The cable news channel, backed by the royal family of Qatar, replaced Current TV on the channel guide when it launched on Aug. 20 of last year. A significant investment, up to $600 million, was made in Al Jazeera America, sources told THR at the time.
In the months leading up to the channel’s launch, AJA boasted numerous high-profile journalist hires — including Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi, John Seigenthaler, Joie Chen and Antonio Mora – and pledged to deliver substantive news to differentiate itself from cable news competitors.
As of December 2013, when the channel struck a carriage agreement with Time Warner Cable, Al Jazeera America was available in almost 55 million homes in the United States.
The bill was inspired by the hard work of outraged parents who objected to history textbooks in Florida schools that contained overly extensive chapters about Islam but virtually nothing about all the other religions combined. Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR fought against this bill every step of the way.
OCALA Florida’s school districts will be required to review and select textbooks under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
The Senate on Friday voted 21-19 for the bill which was pushed in response to a backlash over national education standards called Common Core. The bill was also inspired by complaints over a high school world history textbook that some said gave too much attention to Islam.
School boards currently select textbooks from a list drawn up by the Florida Department of Education. Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said the legislation was needed so that school board members will be accountable to parents and voters.
Opponents complained it would cost districts money to review textbooks. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said she was worried the bill would lead to censorship.