by Jerry Gordon:
Fox News radio commentator Todd Starnes was interviewed on Fox TV by Sean Hannity about the latest controversy on portrayal of Islam in public school textbooks that surfaced in Brevard County, Florida, “Public School Textbook Filled with Muslim Bias?”
During the Hannity’s America discussion Starnes made a veiled reference to “other parents” who made similar attempts to rid public school texts of Saudi influenced depictions of Islam that avoid the violence and subjugation of Christians and Jews in conquered lands during the great sweep of Jihad 13 centuries ago. A Jihad fomented by Mohammed and his warriors that depopulated Arabia of both Christians and Jews.
Click here to watch the Starnes interview on Hannity’s America.
One of those “other parents” Starnes referred to was Aya Sewell, descendent of 18th Century Americans on one side of her family who fought for freedom in the Revolutionary war and whose later descendents converted to Judaism. On the other side of her family are Iraqi Jews with the family name of Asher, one of the original tribes of Israel. Her Iraqi Jewish forebears were residents in Babylonia after being taken as slaves following the destruction of the First Temple in 586 C.E.
The Ashers were among the 150,000 Jews ejected from Iraq following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Their properties, businesses and assets were expropriated by the Iraqi Arab nationalists. Some of those Iraqi Jews actually walked from Baghdad to freedom in Israel after the expulsion. Others came via flights from Iran. They were among the 900,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands, the so-called “forgotten refugees.” Those refugees and their descendents taken in by Israel now constitute half of the population of the Jewish nation.
Aya has one more painful family memory – the murder of her great grandmother Massouda and her son, Ephraim as they alighted from a bus in Baghdad during the Farhud (violent displacement in Arabic).
Farhud was a two day Jihad against Jews in February 1941 that resulted in several hundred rapes and deaths. The Farhud was part of a pro-Nazi putsch of Raschid Ali in Iraq fomented by the notorious Haj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who fled Baghdad in April 1941 after the British quashed the uprising to become Hitler’s house guest in Berlin during WWII. While there he promoted the Final Solution, the murder of Six Million European Jewish men, women and children. The murders of her Iraqi Jewish family members in 1941 were Jihad. The expropriations that they suffered after the State of Israel was born in the late 1940’s were the equivalent of jizya, a gigantic communal poll tax a form of hush money for having been spared death. Aya’s family found sanctuary in Israel and the West.
Those bitter family memories of 20th Century Arab Muslim Jihad may have propelled Aya’s activism when she discovered a world history textbook that did not portray the Islam doctrine that took the lives of members of her Iraqi Jewish family. The textbook conveyed a portrait of Islam as a benevolent religion that tolerated Christians and Jews as protected People of the Book dismissing Judeo Christian values, the bedrock of our Constitution. That portrayal is known in Islamic doctrine as taqiyya religiously sanctioned dissimilitude, more commonly referred to as “lying for Allah”. That amounts to da’wah, the call to Islam, religious proselytizing, a violation of the separation of church and state principle in the First Amendment of our Constitution.
What concerned Aya was that her older son’s Sarasota public high school was purchasing these history texts with hers and other Florida taxpayers’ funds. When she confronted the administrator of her older son’s higher school, she was told that the text was on the approved list of the Florida Department of Education and part of the “holistic education “for students like her son. Subsequently when her younger son attended the Charter “School of Arts and Sciences” a similar text was used.
Aya sought out the assistance of others including the Christian Action Network and Act! For America. That association led her to the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan that facilitated a forensic examination of the public high school world history text. Armed with that information she initiated a School district hearing about these defective world history texts laying out the forensic information about the Qur’anic verses and other doctrine excerpted in them. The school district board defended the world history texts as consistent with the multicultural curricula objectives.
Read more at Watchdog Wire
- Textbook Praises Islam, Denigrates Christianity (counterjihadreport.com)
- TODD STARNES: School defends textbook that calls Muhammad ‘Gods messenger’ (radio.foxnews.com)
- Public Schools in Florida teaching Muhammad is “god’s messenger” (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)