April 07, 2005

The Scottsdale Textbook Story Isn't Over: The Zombie Brother Lives

by Jerome du Bois

Today, the East Valley Tribune gave Catherine and I partial credit for driving History Alive! out of Scottsdale Unified School District. Andrea Falkenhagen wrote:

At least one Web site, which doesn’t claim any religious affiliation, criticizes Schild and Baracy, saying Arizona public schools are being turned into madrassas, or Islamic religious schools. The site claims it is run by former Cave Creek public school teacher Catherine King and her husband, Jerome du Bois.

["The site claims"? We are who we say we are; we have deep histories in this city.]

Yesterday we made the comments board on an LGF thread about this "victory," and now I see, gladly, that Robert Spencer's invaluable Dhimmi Watch --a site I visit every day-- quotes almost the entire Tribune article.

We stand gratefully corrected on the silence of the parents. We're glad a significant number of them raised a ruckus. (There was no reason for any one of them to contact us, of course; but it would have been nice to know we're not so isolated.)

I do wonder how much impact we had, though; or rather, I'm not sure how carefully our readers have been reading our work, because in nearly every post we point out that the zombie brother of History Alive! --Across The Centuries-- is still lumbering around out there, across the years. In my last post, the update, you can find five hot links in the phrase "has become barnacled with criticism" that point to the Islamic distortions bristling within that book. Seriously religious monotheists should feel just a skosh uncomfortable about this quotation, for example, courtesy of Serge Trifkovic:

Troubling and controversial statements start with the very first page of Lesson 1 (“Muhammad and Islam”). The first verses of the Qur’an, we are told, “were revealed” to Muhammad in AD 610, and the initial revelation came from “a being he later identified as the angel Gabriel.” Such straightforward, quasi-factual statements concerning unprovable tenets of the Muslim faith would befit a textbook used in a Pakistani medressa, but not one used in an American public school. Likewise, on p. 59 we are told as fact that the God Muhammad believed in—Allah—“is the same God of other monotheistic religions, Judaism and Christianity.” This assertion, which most theologians and philosophers of religion would consider hugely controversial at best, is made in the form of a matter-of-fact statement that does not allow for ambiguity or doubt.

I urge anyone, of any faith or none, who finds that passage offensive, to follow through. I'm putting up all our postings on the sidebar, at the top, under the rubric "The Scottsdale Textbook Story." Please read them, follow the links, get informed, and then copy our questions and pepper the school board with them until you get some answers.

And find out what the local Muslims have been doing and saying about this whole megillah.

[And now I need to get back to another SUSD story --the possible Bill Johnson audit humiliation-- to be posted later today: "Schild, Holzer, Petersen and Ambush: The Five-Sided Comedians."]

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