Tuesday, November 8, 2016

America AGAIN Petition for the 28th Amendment

The founders original First amendment in 1789 authorized one Congressional Representative
for every 50,000 persons in America.  Today that would mean more than 6000 congressmen
and impossible number to control.  If you are tired of being controlled by special interests
then copy the attached petition and share it with your Sunday school class and family.  If
you need more information read the resolution below America Again asks that you give to your State Representative to sponsor.  The TEXT of the 1789 Amendment at the end of this 28th Amendment
Or go to the web site americaagain.net







Thursday, April 28, 2016

18th Annual Bible Marathon - 12 Hr Schedule

SPECIAL prayers of support and thanksgiving  go out to David and Genna Brown for organizing
and anchoring the 18th Annual Bible Marathon on the Historic Blount County Courthouse lawn
where you are invited to read the 1611 King James Bible cover to cover in 365, 15 minute
segments between 1pm Thursday May 5th and   Sundown   Sunday May 8th.  Please consider
how rare an opportunity this is TO SUPPORT having ELOHIM's word read out loud on your Courthouse
lawn.  Can you imagine how Father YHWH looks forward to hearing HIS word read?  How many
other Counties have a such an event.  Please call Genna and David Brown at CALVARY CONSTRUCTION to reserve a time for your family to read for the ELOHIM. Call 865-388-1337 that 865-388-1337.

2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though in flesh we walk, not according to the flesh do we war.
4:  for the weapons of our warfoare are not fleshly, but mighty by YHWH unto pulling down of strongholds,
5: When we pull calculations, and every height the uplifteh itself against the knowledge of YHWH
and when we bring into captivity every thought unto the obedience of the Messiah. 6: And when we hold ourselves in readiness to avenge all disobedience, as soon as your obedience shall be fulfilled.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

STOP YOUR TAX INCREASE THIS WEEK

ATTENTION !! OVERTAXED Blount County TAXPAYER the TAX SPENDERS are Targeting your wallet. The Blount Corrections Committee who's mission is to solve the risky,inhumane overcrowded Blount County Jail is about to loose it's certification because of the committee's failure to address the reasonable alternatives presented by the $95,000 study done by nationally recognized, Institute of Law and Policy Planning recommendations. The Chairman Jeff Headrick held only 4 meetings in the last calendar year while the Tn.Corrections Bureau was inspecting the jail to discover what improvement had been made over the last two years since it conditionally re-certified the jail because we had contracted with the Institute for Law and Policy Planning to make recommendations to relieve the overcrowding. However instead of questioning the author of the study Chairman Headrick it appears did everything possible to avoid questioning the study in hopes that perhaps it would go away. To the degree that the committee requested the TN Corrections Institute review the Institute of Law and Policy Plannings study to learn that only minor points could be criticized and for the most part it was agreed with. It was at this meeting where the Director of the Tn. Corrections Bureau Bob Bass told Commissioner Monroe and myself that "THE STATE WAS GOING TO SOLVE THE OVERCROWDING PROBLEMS IN ALL COUNTY JAILS BY OPENING TWO NEW PRISONS IN THE STATE, A 8000 BED FACILITY IN TRUSDALE COUNTY FOR MEN AND A WOMEN'S FACILITY WITH 2400 BEDS IN SHELBY COUNTY." This reporter reported this conversation to the Blount County Commission 4/12/16 in it's Agenda Committee meeting where the Special called Commission had been announced for 4/18/16 to vote on a resolution to hire an architect to present a building plan to relieve Blount County's overcrowded jail. Now because of the Committee's squandering the time it had to implement the Institute for Law and Policy Planning the Tn Corrections Bureau has found that Blount County's Jail is in the same overcrowded condition it has been for almost 10 years. This certainly gives this reporter plenty of reason's not to vote for Commissioner Jeff Headrick for Highway Superintendent. Blount County's Credit rating went down in 2008 because we had to high a debt service to income ratio to refinance the Variable Rate Bonds that were called, and are still callable, but with the 27% Sales Tax increase of two years ago and the 17% Property Tax increase last year, Mayor Mitchel must figure we can borrow another $60 Million to build our way out of having to loose our jail certification and or reduce the inhuman and unconstitutional policies he, the Sheriff, and Blount County's cadre of Judges perpetuate. Now a TAXPAYERS bailout is being voted on Monday April 18 at 5pm in the Blount County commission meeting room. What incredible timing the week your Federal Taxes are due your County Commission is voting to raise your County debt service with an Architect's RFP to build a $60 Million solution and potentially raise YOUR COUNTY DEBT SERVICE BY 30%. YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S CONTACT INFORMATION CAN BE GOTTEN BY CALLING 273-5830 OT GO TO www.blounttn.org search elected officials.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Good Old Boy Grinches Steal for Christmas

This is Freida for Truth Radio News your ONLY LOCALLY OWNED Politically Incorrect News Source bringing you Four LOCAL High School Basketball games ON MOBIL TV weekly, throughout the Season LIVE from Truth Radio dot TV.   WHY Special Called Commission Meetings in Blount County? Is it to avoid public awareness, by not having public input through the usual and customary rules of the Commission?  Commission rules call for an Agenda meeting 10 days prior to the commission business meeting to discuss and vote on items to be included in the County's business meeting, the third Thursday of each month. At each of these meetings anyone may be recognized by the Chairman and given 3 minutes to speak on items either on the agenda, before and/or off the agenda after. Not allowing the public to participate by speaking on ANY of the Items of the Special Called meetings reminds WBCR at this time of the year of Grinch that steals Christmas by dressing up like Satan Clause and robs everyone of their gifts of self government and then redistributes those gifts to his fellow good old boy Grinches. Mayor Mitchel has used his office to call Special Called meetings in October and December most recently.    The December meeting included 20 Resolutions with over $2 million in Budget INCREASES, in a year when over 500 county workers got $4000 each in pay raises, from taxpayers who according to the Blount County's website   on East Tn Economic data at the time showed Blount Co.  family household income 15% lower than it was in 2000. In a year when Property Taxes were raised 17%.   Commissioner Monroe is investigating if, over $ 560,000 of the INCREASES passed in December are due to a deliberate under estimation of workers compensation costs in order to pad the budget in other areas that would not be popular if added to the budget at increased cost but by underestimating fixed mandatory expenses these new costs get are included unnoticed.   Adding insult to injury the December Special Called meeting passed without public comment and only 5 days notice a County Purchasing policy changing the competitive bid PROCESS  from purchases OVER $10,ooo to $25,000 and all the purchasing agent is required is to call write down three price quotes and send decide who gets your money. Not requirement that the lowest bidder get the business. The resolution says ...Blount County Purchasing Department to obtain at least three (3) written quotations, whenever possible, for purchases costing less than $25,000 but, greater than $10,000. Tell your commissioner and Mayor how you feel about less transparency and public input into your LOCAL government that is costing MORE and giving you less.  MERRY Christmas.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Gender Bias or Political Correctness You Decide about Blount County's Commission

This is Freida for Truth radio News your Politically Incorrect source for National and Local News with views from a God fearing, Constitution loving and Souvergin Serving perspective wishing all would come to be the Preserved by the indwelling power of our Savior's sent Holy Spirit. Does Political Correctness equate to gender bias in Blount County Commission Agenda Meetings?  Last month Commissioner Karon Miller's Resolution petitioning God's Mercy when Judgment comes on America for legalizing as marriage what the Bible calls an abomination was rejected from even being considered for discussion in that month's Commission meeting discussion and now in November Commissioner Tona Monroe proposes through resolution to question by interview with the author of the two year old $95 thousand historic first ever Criminal Justice System Assessment of Blount County was rejected from this months Commission agenda. Commissioner Monroe called in to WBCR's broadcast of the u-tube rebroadcast of the November 10 Blount County Commission Agenda committee meeting to express her serious concerns regarding the County failing to address the chronic overcrowding in the Blount County Jail and how illogical the commission's action was by refusing  to hear from a Institute that has done 400 such studies nationally. Rather than getting their questions answered regarding the $95 thousand completed and paid for 18 months ago assessment. Our commission wants to wait and hear from the Tennessee Corrections Commission, current "SNAP SHOT" of the Jail ONLY. Commissioner Headrick Chairman of the Corrections Partnership Committee in the November Commission Agenda committee meeting demonstrated his ignorance of the facts contained in the $95 thousand study by the Institute for Law and Policy Planning Study by saying that it "recommended" a building cost of between $68 and$124 million. The report made NO SUCH RECOMMENDATION but presented it as as the COST for DOING NOTHING which is apparently what commissioner Headrick's Committee has done. The report makes FIVE recommendations to reduce overcrowding at the end of chapter 7 on Blount County courts from  page 72 to 80. Specifically, obtain or create a method of managing cases in a timely manner, screen cases before filing in court, courts  should designate the clerk to provide full debt collection services, the court should reconsider and restructure it's jail from being used to collect debts, and last the county needs to expand methods to treat drug addicts rather than using it's jail. In chapter 3 page 17 chart number 25 The Institute of Law and Policy Planning gives the following "Snap Shot" or the 2011/12 fiscal year summary of jailed population. The Statewide average of inmates for Probation violations is 15 % Blount County is over twice that at 35%, Guilty as Charged Statewide 43% Blount County 81%, Dismissed statewide 31% Blount County 6% and Pretrial Diversion Statewide 4% Blount County 7%. However now Chairman Headrick wants to go back to the future and take Blount County's financial future into the unknown cost of doing nothing of 68 and $124 million. What will that do to a county whose Credit rating dropped in 2008 when we had to refinance our Swaps/ derivatives and weekly Variable Rate Demand Obligations, pay higher financing charges on our current $200 million in debt? Commissioner Monroe said on Salt and light that she was told at the Lenoir City Corrections committee meeting by an architechjust wait until we build your jail in Blount County."  The justice system action plan  presents 6 key recommendations each with it's own objective, lead agency, pro's and con's, costs and savings. Appendix A lists a summary of 76 separate recommendations for consideration.  And Chairman Jeff Headrick has refused to even meet with this historic document's author.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Revisionist History Text Lies about ISLAM


The Tennessee 7th Grade Social studies text being used in ALL Blount County Middle schools, is published by Pearson Education for 6-7th Grade Geography: titled; The Middle Ages to Exploration of the Americas.

The full review of this text book by Dr. Bill French is on the previous blog however the high
lights of today's post date interview with Robert McDaniel included the following key points.

Pearson Student text page 88 Critizied Christ by saying that "Islam offered followers a direct path to God and salvation.  It emphasized the equality of all believers. It stressed fairness and justice in human affairs."

Four paragraphs later on the same page "In general however, women had fewer rights that men and
occupied an inferior position."  Just one of many controdictions of the revisionist history.

Page 92 fails to mention that the Hindu laborers who build the TOSH MAHALL   had their
right hand cut off by Mohammed followers so nothing as beautiful be built again.

Page 96 Credited the burning of the largest library in hte Ancient world the Library at Alexandria
Egypt by Islam.

Page 103 Edits out of Mohamed's fairwell message that men could beat their wives.

The link below will take you to a two page form published by the Williamson County School
District to Request for Reconsideration of Instruction Materials.
http://www.wcs.edu/wp-content/pdf/BoardPolicies/Request-for-Reconsideration.pdf


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Islam Prostlizing in TN 7th Gade Social Studies Textbook

Salt and Light Guest Tuesday 27 October Robert McDaniel, Parent volunteer who was kicked out of
his son's school for sharing with his fellow library workers that were complaining to him about having to write their names in Arabic and their being lied to about Islam in their 7th Grade Social Studies Textbook by Pearson titled, My World History and Geography; Middle Age to the Exploration of the America's.   Below we have copied the review of the text by retired College
Professor Dr. Bill French who's summary work on Islem can be ordered from his website www.politicalislam.org. The T before the page refers to the teachers text as opposed to the Pg. #
without the T refer to the student's text page.

During Salt and Light we played the Russia Today UTube news story with a Yajasiti Father who had
spent $70,000 rescuing women and children from a slave market being run by ISIL.  Please watch
this real example of how Mohamed's followers follow him today in ISIL's Army that has occupied
Mosel northern Iraq.  https://www.rt.com/shows/news/319872-rtnews-october-26-17msk/
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Review by Dr. Bill French
Pearson Education – 6-7th grade - Geography: The Middle Ages to Exploration of the Americas
Kaspiel, et al, 2015
SUMMARY
With regards to Islam this textbook rises to a half-truth, at best. There is a constant apologist bias in refusing to talk about Islamic cruelty. This text is more like propaganda than critical thought applied to history. The missing pieces are massive in scope. The suffering caused by slavery, jihad, dhimmitude and the Sharia annihilated the native civilizations in Egypt, North Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, and Iraq. Jihad has murdered over 200 million people, but no hint is given. The text does not speak of the Islamic basis for slave trade that supplied the slaves who came to America.
Pg: T26, Header reads: Islamic Civilization, Chapter Resource Guide
Under Assignment: Students will produce an article on links to Muslim religion and culture. Would it be permitted to show the jihad verses in the Koran and violence against Christians?
World History, page 73
The text uses Ibn Battuta’s voyage as a device to explore Islamic culture. Any reader of the original work would wonder if the fact that Ibn Battua’s purchase of a slave for sex on his journey will be mentioned. One further wonders if his recording of the jihad for slaves in Africa, which he recorded, will be mentioned, as well.
The larger question is what will happen if a well-informed student mentioned this fact?
Pg. 74
“Christians and Jews were allowed to practice their religion freely…”
This is a lie. Christians and Jews were ruled by the dhimmi laws of Sharia law. Here is one set of the laws they ruled them:
So the progression was as follows: first jihad, then dhimmitude, and then the destruction of the native dhimmi culture. This became the model for the next 1400 years. The dhimmi became a second-class citizen in Islam and paid a heavy poll tax called the jizya. Only Jews and Christians and, sometimes, Magians (Zoroastrians) had the choice of becoming dhimmis. Buddhists, Hindus, and animists had the choice of death or conversion.
It was Umar, the second caliph, who set the standards for dhimmitude. His treaty with the dhimmis states:
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We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood new monasteries, churches, convents, or monks’ cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims.
We shall keep our gates wide open for passersby and travelers. We shall give board and lodging to all Muslims who pass our way for three days.
We shall not give shelter in our churches or in our dwellings to any spy nor hide him from the Muslims.
We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it.
We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit.
We shall not seek to resemble the Muslims by imitating any of their garments.
We shall not mount on saddles, nor shall we gird swords nor bear any kind of arms nor carry them on our persons.
We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.
We shall not sell fermented drinks.
We shall clip the fronts of our heads (keep a short forelock as a sign of humiliation).
We shall always dress in the same way wherever we may be, and we shall bind the zunar round our waists.
We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims. We shall only use clappers in our churches very softly. We shall not raise our voices when following our dead. We shall not take slaves who have been allotted to Muslims.
We shall not build houses higher than the houses of the Muslims.
Whoever strikes a Muslim with deliberate intent shall forfeit the protection of this pact.
(from Al-Turtushi, Siraj Al-Muluk, p. 229-30)
But this excerpt cannot really describe the world of the dhimmi. Islam dominated all public space. The government was Islamic; the education was Islamic; dress was Islamic; literature was Islamic. Only inside the dhimmi’s house could there be no Islam. The word of a dhimmi could not be used in court against a Muslim and crimes against dhimmis were rarely prosecuted.
The wealth of Islam came from the wealth and labor of the subjugated dhimmis. This had been true ever since Mohammed sent out his first jihadists to raid a Meccan caravan. From that day onward, Islam became wealthy through violence against the non-Muslim. The perfect example of the Jews of Khaybar
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as dhimmis was used again and again. First jihad took the spoils of war and slaves; then the dhimmi tax system produced yearly wealth. Islam is a political system with a divine license to take what is wanted from dar al harb, the land of war.
Page T35
“Living in Arabia”
Will students be allowed to comment on the fact that Jews, pagans and Christians are not allowed to live in the most important parts of Arabia?
Pg. 79
The summary of Mohammed’s career does not truly reflect his actual history.
It should be noted that Mohammed averaged an event of violence every 6 weeks for the last 9 years of his life. Mohammed preached the religion of Islam for 13 years in Mecca and converted 150 Arabs to Islam. In Medina jihad for 9 years caused every Arab to convert. It was jihad that made Islam successful, not religion. Here is plot of the growth of Islam.
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Five Pillars of Islam
Prayer is one of the Five Pillars. Every Muslim prays over a dozen times a day to recognize that Christians have gone astray and that Jews anger Allah. Surly, such curses should be taught to Christians and Jews.
Pg. T42
Re: Eid al-Fitr feast
The text does not mention that the first Eid was Mohammed’s celebration of his successful killing of non-Muslims at the Battle of Badr.
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Pg. 81
In discussing the Hadith, they only mention the “good” hadith. For instance, Mohammed said, “Never ask a man why he beats his wife.”
Pg. 82
The Five Pillars.
Prayer is one of the Five Pillars. Every Muslim prays over a dozen times a day to recognize that Christians have gone astray and that Jews anger Allah. Surly, such curses should be taught to Christians and Jews.
It is also not mentioned that the Zakat charity cannot be used for Kafirs, non-Muslims. Only Muslims receive the Zakat charity. Indeed, part of the Zakat must go to jihad.
Pg. 85
Concerning the Sharia:
The Sharia is declared to be the only acceptable form of government. The Sharia does not only affect Muslims, but non-Muslims, Kafirs, as well. Kafirs must be dhimmis and be third class citizens under the Sharia. The Sharia is the justification of Muslims murdering 100,000 Christians last year.
Women can be beaten; children may be murdered by their parents.
All world governments must be centralized under the Caliph.
The Sharia defines jihad as war against the Kafirs. Jihad is a community obligation upon all Muslims. Jihad is properly called the Sixth Pillar.
Freedom of speech is denied under the Sharia. Apostates may be killed.
Pg 87
Empire—reasons for success:
The reason for Islamic success in war is its foundation in jihadic doctrine found in the Koran and the Hadith. Here we see how much of Islam’s sacred texts are devoted to jihad:
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The success of the jihad can be seen in the Tears of Jihad: The Tears of Jihad
These figures are a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims through the political use of jihad.
Africa
Islam ran the wholesale slave trade in Africa. About 25 million slaves were delivered to the market. But the wars to obtain slaves killed about 120 million, including the young, old, and sick left behind.
120 million Africans killed
Christians
The total number of Christians martyred by Islam is about 60 million.
60 million Christians killed
Hindus
The country of India today is only half the size of ancient India, due to jihad.
80 million Hindus killed
Buddhists
Jihad killed the Buddhists in Turkey, Afghanistan, along the Silk Route, and in India. The total is roughly 10 million.
10 million Buddhists killed
Total 270,000,000 killed
This gives a rough estimate of 270 million killed by jihad.
Pg. 88
Men and Women
This paragraph does not even touch the subjugation of women under the Sharia. But the first lie is that Islam improved women’s rights. Before Mohammed, women could live independently and be a full citizen, for example, see Mohammed’ first wife, Kadija. After Mohammed, women could be beaten. Here is the best summary from the Hadith (the B in the index is from Bukhari):
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Women are less intelligent than men. They are also spiritually inferior to men.
[B1,2,28;B1,6,301;B2,24,541;B4,54,464;B7,62,124;B7,62,126;B7,76,456;B8,76,554;B8,76,555]
Once, after offering prayer at Musalla, Mohammed said to the women, “O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell were women.” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.”
The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He replied, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They agreed that this was so. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied that this was so. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.”
Women are an affliction to men.
[B4,52,111;B7,62,30;B7,62,31;B7,62,33;B7,62,32;B7,71,649;B7,71,666]
Mohammed said, “If at all there is a bad omen, it is in the horse, the woman and the house.”
On another occasion, he had said, “I have not left any affliction after me more harmful to men than women.”
Women cannot help their flaws, so be nice to them.
[B4,55,548;B7,62,113;B7,62,113]
Mohammed said, “Treat women nicely, for a women is created from a rib, and is much like one. If you try to straighten a rib, it will break, so I urge you to take care of the women.”
A woman, a donkey or a dog can nullify prayers.
[B1,9,486;B1,9,490]
When told that a prayer is annulled if the praying ones are passed by a dog, a donkey, or a woman, Aisha said,
Do you make us women equal to dogs and donkeys? While I used to lie in my bed, the Prophet would sometimes come to pray facing the middle of the bed. I felt like it was wrong of me to remain in front of him while he prayed, so I would slip away slowly and quietly from the foot of the bed until I stopped feeling guilty.
Pg. 91
The text mentions the Janissaries in a favorable manner. This is tragic.
Fundamentally, the Janissaries were a blood tax paid by the systematic forced collection of Christian children in the Balkans, practiced by Ottoman Turks. Every three or four years 300 to 1000 healthy boys and young men had to be taken by force to Turkey, converted to Islam and educated for military profession or religious disciplines. Part of the brutality of subjugating the Christian youth to accept the discipline of Islam was homosexual rape.
These sons of Christian parents were used in jihad war against Christians to expand Islam.
The daughters of the Christians were captured and used as sex slaves, as well.
Pg 92
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The Taj Mahal is presented as a wonder of Islam. The Taj was originally a Hindu temple that was commandeered and converted to a Islamic structure. All of the Hindu stoneworkers had their right hand removed so that they would not build any other structure as beautiful.
Pg. 96
Medicine
Actually, most of the medicine practiced in Islam was by Christians and Jews. Some scholars complained that most Muslims wanted to become Sharia lawyers.
Philosophy
It neglects to mention that the Islamic philosophy of the Golden Age culminated in the following:
1. There are no natural laws
2. There is no cause and effect
3. Only those ideas which do not criticize Islamic doctrine are permitted under Islam. This is authoritative logic and thought which forbids critical thought.
This basically destroys science and inquiring thought. There has never been a Nobel Prize in science given to a Muslim working in a Muslim nation. There is no modern scientific idea that has come into prominence from Islam, even with vast sums of money available.
These constraints also explain why almost no books are translated into Arabic. They don’t agree with Islamic doctrine and do not need to be read by a Muslim.
Pg 101
Translating the Greek and Roman works was all done by Christian Arabs. Only selected works were translated, none of the literature was translated.
Pg 103
The rest of Mohammed’s farewell sermon included: From Ishaq’s Sira: He also told them men had rights over their wives and women had rights over their husbands. The wives were never to commit adultery or act in a sexual manner toward others. If they did, they were to be put in separate rooms and beaten lightly. If they refrained from what was forbidden, they had the right to food and clothing. Men were to lay injunctions on women lightly for they were prisoners of men and had no control over their persons.
He said to feed and clothe the slaves well.
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Public Comment Form MyWorld History & Geography, Middle Ages to Exploration of Americas The book says the Arab Muslim Empire was “generally” tolerant of Jews and Christians and states they were respected? The only mention in this book of their persecution was a special tax and “other restrictions”.
This book shows an obvious bias for Islam. Any negatives are either not mentioned, down played or glossed over.
Other religions are not handled in the same manner. Much of the text regarding Christianity focuses on internal conflicts or other negative aspects. One gets the impression that the section on Islam is written by a Muslim but the sections on Christianity read from an outsider’s perspective. Very little information is presented on the conquest of Islam over of formerly Christian nations like Egypt, Syria and Turkey.
Regarding Pages 72-107 and beyond, the books discussion of Islam and Sharia is scrubbed clean of negative aspects. This book is quick to discuss several less than positive issues regarding the Christian church, such as internal conflicts or power struggles between the clergy and secular rulers. In fact one of the few sections dedicated to Christianity is entitled “Divisions within the Christian Church”.
Islam is given the status of a Civilization where no other religion is. In discussing Islam, no mention of slavery is made which was definitely a characteristic aspect of the Islamic empires and was practiced by Muslims since the beginning of Islam. Slavery is condoned in the Koran, Hadiths and the Sunna. Where Slavery is not addressed in the cultures of Islam, slavery is described as a strong influence of the Roman culture.
P.82 Regarding Charity, one of the 5 pillars of Islam, the book fails to mention that Islamic charity does not apply to non-muslim believers. Refer to the Koran 28:86 which forbids lending support to non-believers.
P. 85 The books discussion of Sharia does not mention the lack of equal rights for women, non-Muslims and homosexuals. There is no mention of countries where sharia forbids women to work, receive an education, drive a car or move about unescorted by a male relative. There is no mention of women who are stoned to death under sharia for adultery even when it is actually a case where the woman is raped. There is no mention that women inherit half of what their male peers inherit and that it takes 3 women’s testimony to equal one man’s in a Sharia court of law. There is no mention of the death sentence for all homosexuals or many other negative aspects of Sharia.
p. 86 The book states Islam spread peacefully even though they “conquered” North Africa and Spain. I suggest that the spread of Islam was anything but peaceful . This is from the Medieval Source Book on the conquest of Spain by the Muslim invaders. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/conqspain.asp
p.87 According to the book, religious toleration helped the Arab Muslim empire to expand. Conversely it is compared to the Byzantine or Christian empire which is stated to have persecuted Jews and non-Muslims.
The fact is, Islamic states treated Jews and Christians as 3rd class citizens, requiring an onerous Jiza Tax from them and severely restricting their freedoms of religious worship and commerce. Jews and Christians were not allowed to repair their synagogues or churches or ring bells during worship. They were not allowed to ride horses. Their testimony was not allowed in a court of law. Often their children were taken from them and forced into military service. There were many other hardships imposed on non-Muslims in Muslim conquered lands.
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P. 88 Discusses how women were treated differently than men but soft sells the inequities as still a “general improvement” over their situation before Islam developed. No mention of ill treatment of women mentioned above under P85.
Review by Barbara S.
What is disturbing is that the teacher reviews of this book find absolutely no bias at all in spite of the entire section devoted to the study of Islam in detail and with a positive view. Islam is continued to be discussed in many other sections as well. Its like a primer on Islam. It reads more like a book on religion in this section than a history book The chapter on Christianity is titled, "Divisions in the Christian Church" Or in the Medieval times Christianity is discussed as a power struggle between Bishops and the Pope with Kings and rulers. Much fewer details on the fundamentals of Christianity are given in this book than that of Islam. Christianity is discussed in a flawed and negative way. This book is clearly biased for Islam if for no other reason than the sheer volume of the text devoted to discussion of it. Yet teachers state a Christian bias in the weekly reader for K_3 Grades because of the discussion of good character qualities that make a good citizen? and a later lesson with one paragraph describing what the Christian church is?
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The book says the Arab Muslim Empire was “generally” tolerant of Jews and Christians and states they were respected? The only mention in this book of their persecution was a special tax and “other restrictions”.
This book shows an obvious bias for Islam. Any negatives are either not mentioned, down played or glossed over.
Other religions are not handled in the same manner. Much of the text regarding Christianity focuses on internal conflicts or other negative aspects. One gets the impression that the section on Islam is written by a Muslim but the sections on Christianity read from an outsider’s perspective. Very little information is presented on the conquest of Islam over of formerly Christian nations like Egypt, Syria and Turkey