Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight recently brought on Christian Action Network’s President, Martin Mawyer to talk about some disturbing information regarding school students and Islamic propaganda.
Mawyer appeared with Tucker to discuss the Department of Education’s (DOE) funding of Islamic propaganda. The DOE is sneaking the teachings in through the PBS LearningMedia website which produces school lesson plans.
When asked by Tucker how Mawyer could prove the DOE sponsored the teachings, Mawyer explained simply that the DOE seal was right on the bottom. Mawyer continued to talk about the different facets of the lessons that were exceptionally disturbing and what he would consider propaganda. You can watch the full report here.
The worksheets asked the children what Muslim prayers sounded like and what their prayer movements looked like. They also asked students to describe what select Quran verses meant. Mawyer notes that while the interpreting of the verses isn’t wrong, they shouldn’t be judged by a teacher but rather by a priest, a pastor, or another religious leader outside the “publically-funded classroom.”
CAN issued a press release which included why they thought the Islamic material was detrimental to the school and children:
Children are asked, or told, to complete such assignments as:
“…explore and understand the basic beliefs of Islam as well as the Five Pillars that guide Muslims in their daily life; belief, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage.”
“…focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims…”
“…read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim.”
“…watch the two streaming video segments about prayer preparation and the set of movements for prayer.”
While the learning of Islam isn’t wrong, it should send up red flags if no other religion is represented. Tucker used this as the base to his second question if other religions also had in-depth lessons on them:
“Is there comparable instruction on other religions, because you could make the case … that you want your kids to understand the great world religions?”
The CAN president said nothing was disagreeing with Tucker’s questions. The president also stated the following in a press release:
“It doesn’t appear that the either DOE or PBS LearningMedia offer similar instructional material on Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or Hinduism through the PBS LearningMedia Website. …The DOE Islamic education program is not only a certain violation of the U.S. Constitution but a brazen and underhanded attempt to indoctrinate children into the religion of Islam. It must be removed immediately.”
Upon our research of the PBS site, we found the following to be true:
When searching for lesson plans on Christianity, we found the following lessons:
Dying to be a Martyr, Peaceful Protests, and three others that didn’t seem to connect.
When searching for lesson plans on Judaism, we found the following lessons:
Dying to be a Martyr and Making a difference in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
There were no lesson plans on Buddhism.
When searching for Islam, we found the following lessons:
Islam in America, Women in Islam, the five Pillars of Islam, Scholarship and Learning in Islam, paraphrasing – Timbuktu in your own words, Art in the Muslim World, The Hajj: Journey to Mecca, Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life, and 7 more than either didn’t connect with Islam or were repeats from other searches.
The lessons on Christianity are anything but. None of the lessons on Christianity are actually on Christianity. There are no foundational beliefs; there are not historical concepts, there is nothing. So we move on to Judaism. Dying to be a Martyr is the primary article which does cover Israel and Palestine but again doesn’t include any root beliefs. So basically, three of the four major religions are barely covered, and I would personally say they aren’t covered at all.
Now the Islam lesson plans. Several lesson plans cover the origins and foundations of the Islamic beliefs. One lesson plan, ‘The Five Pillars of Islam,’ goes through the core beliefs of Islam. Another lesson covers how the Islamic religious studies occur, and another covers different aspects of the Timbuktu. Some lessons cover Islam’s integration into America and a lesson that covers “The Hajj” which is the journey to Mecca.
So basically ALL the lesson plans on specific religions and their origins or foundations appear to be Islamic. Does that sound like propaganda? You tell us! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!