WHEN I WAS growing up in post World War II America there were two things that you didn’t discuss at great length in public: politics and religion. Politics was a contentious subject to be avoided, while religion was considered a personal choice that people made in the privacy of their own homes.
My first introduction to politics was the election of 1948 when I was in seventh grade. At that time I was a student at Benjamin Franklin Jr. High School in Norwalk, CT. The school population was middle to lower class America and included students from all ethnic backgrounds.
Most of my classmates were supporting President Harry S Truman, but I, probably because of some conversation overheard at the dinner table, obstinately supported Thomas E. Dewey. The only classroom discussion that touched on the election that fall was one where we learned about voting. Yet, once, the teacher went around the room and solicited each student for his or her opinion. No raucous dissent was allowed or expected. Of course, during recess there was the usual banter and teasing about "your candidate," but I don’t remember politics causing permanent animosities.
Religion, on the other hand, was not discussed at all. We didn’t have classes in comparative religion at that age, but we remained comfortable that there were different religions represented in our school. We knew that the Italians and the Irish were Catholic; the Jews wore those little caps and got out of school on Jewish holidays, while the rest were probably some variety of Protestant.
In retrospect it was a simpler time to grow up. We spent our time learning English, math, history, geography, and science. It prepared me to go on to High School, get a scholarship to Smith College and earn a degree. Yet without the advantage of classes in comparative religion, my three years in Junior High School were an education in diversity. One of my good friends at that time was Dolores Moore, an African-American – although we didn’t call her that then. She was also pro-Truman, but I didn’t hold that against her and never asked or cared about her religious affiliation. She and I were just friends who shared those things that were important to 11 year olds.
Now on the heels of the worst attack on American soil, where people of all races, creeds and nationalities were murdered, courses on Islam and other religions are being introduced into the seventh grade curriculum in American schools. The pro-Islam lobby is supplying school districts and state educational departments with their propaganda about their religion and their culture. An Internet search on Islam and Middle School on the Google search engine reveals no less than 8,290 items.
Schools from all over the country are proud to display their efforts to bring Islam into the middle school curriculum. One website under the sponsorship of Hopkinton Middle School of Contoocook, NH includes a slide show complete with PowerPoint graphics about "Islamaphobia," presented by Nermein Al Ali on October 16, 2001. It is doubtful that any middle school student did this presentation
The Middle School of Westford, MA, has a website on religions and the page is devoted to Islam, in very prominent bold type, and to Buddhism and Hinduism somewhat less prominently.
Another web page sponsored by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) takes umbrage at a middle school text titled "The Terrorist" by Caroline B. Cooney and published by Scholastic, Inc. CAIR alleges that the book "contains a number of inaccurate, offensive and stereotypical references to Muslims, Muslim women, Arabs, and Islam."
We are a country that has sent our military to help such Islamic countries as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Bosnia. American soldiers of every religious persuasion have died, been injured, or suffered illnesses as a result of our support for these people. Yet, those same soldiers are denied their civil and religious rights when they serve in those countries. Female members of the armed forces are unable to walk the streets of Riyadh unless they conform to the religious and secular mores of the state religion—Islam.
It has become more and more evident that the liberals, who control education (over 80% of Harvard professors voted for Gore in 2000) bend over backward to glorify any way of life that does not conform to the American Judeo-Christian principles. They have spend the last several decades getting God and our founding fathers out of the school, let alone classroom, but now are dedicated to promoting liberal politics and Allah.
Isn’t it time to educate our children in the values that have made the United States of America the greatest country on the face of the earth, rather than on values that promote ignorance, poverty and hatred for anything Western?