Ohio mom gets Islamic proselytizing video removed from 7th grade history class

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this video was there in the first place. Islamic educational organizations have for years targeted public school textbook manufacturers and gotten the material about Islam in those books to be uncritically positive toward Islam even to the point of proselytizing. The same books, of course, are full of harsh criticism of Christianity.

“Ohio Mom Teams-up With TMLC to Remove Islamic Proselytizing Video from 7th Grade History Class,” Thomas More Law Center, September 26 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

The Olmsted Falls City School District, located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio has agreed to remove the video “30 Days: Muslim and America” from the 7th grade World History Curriculum. The action was taken to avoid a constitutional challenge by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which filed a series of requests for public records concerning the video on behalf of Jenny McKeigue, a mother of three children who attend schools within the district.

McKeigue first became concerned about the history curriculum in 2011 when her son, then in 7th grade, was required to memorize the 5 Pillars of Islam (the requirement was later discontinued). After a deeper look into the 7th grade history curriculum, McKeigue became concerned about the content of the “Muslims and America” video to which the school had exposed her son. She asked the School District to remove the video from the curriculum and replace it with an objective video relevant to the history of Islam, not one that taught children how to become a Muslim. Her request was denied. Subsequently, Mrs. McKeigue began the escalation process to the Superintendent and the School Board

After over a year and a half of denied requests for information, including requests for the class syllabus, from the School District, McKeigue reached out to the Thomas More Law Center for assistance. TMLC agreed to help. Ohio attorney Michael S. Goldstein acted as an affiliated local counsel.

The questionable video features a Christian (Dave) agreeing to embrace the religion of Islam and the Muslim culture by living with a Muslim family for 30 days in Dearborn, Michigan. Dave was required to live, dress and eat as a Muslim, study the Koran daily and participate in Muslim prayer. The video features several instances of Muslim prayer and even a look at a “how to pray in Islam” sheet complete with Dave practicing how to pray and reciting lines such as “I testify that there is no God other than the Almighty” and “I testify that Mohammad is the messenger of God.”

The video is also set up in a manner that portrays non-Muslims as uneducated bigots and Muslims as persecuted victims. At one point in the video, 7th grade students are told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is their responsibility to fix it.

The video was being used as a part of the Ohio 7th Grade Social Studies Standards Expectations for Learning which requires students to “describe achievements by the Islamic civilization and how these achievements were introduced into Western Europe in the time period between 750 BC — 1600AD.” As such, “Muslims and America” is clearly irrelevant to Ohio Social Studies Standards.

Mrs. McKeigue felt the video, in addition to being irrelevant, also violated several Board Policies with regard to the promotion of religion in the classroom and the fair representation of all ethnic and religious groups. Additionally, she questioned the accuracy of the video as well as the applied double standard as no other video was shown nor instruction given demonstrating how to perform the religious exercises of other religions.

In response to McKeigue’s criticism, the school district invited Olmsted Falls pastors to review the video. To the school district’s chagrin, several pastors agreed with McKeigue and also questioned the accuracy of the video. Dr. Todd Hoadley, school superintendent at the time, disregarded their concerns. At a March 2013 Board meeting, and in private conversations, he defended the video with the astonishing argument that the inaccuracies of the video proved its value.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the TMLC commented: “Teachers may not constitutionally show video tapes that violate the neutrality they must maintain toward religion or that engages in religious instruction. Showing “Muslims and America” violated those principles and the Establishment Clause of our Constitution. Under the guise of teaching the history of Islam to seventh graders, history teachers were proselytizing students to the Islamic faith. Although I applaud the school district for resolving this issue without litigation, I was disappointed to discover internal communications from one history teacher ridiculing and disparaging Mrs. McKeigue, and even suggesting she should be fired from her part time job as alumni director for the school because of her criticism of the video.”

Thompson continued, “Teachers may provide instruction about a particular religion, but they are not constitutionally permitted to provide religious instruction. The education of our children is too important to be left to teachers and school administrators alone. Parents have a duty to be personally involved as well. Mrs. McKeigue was exercising her constitutional right to free speech in fulfilling her crucial duty and responsibility as a parent.”

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  1. says

    I must have missed the memo, but when did it become permissible for teachers and schools to inculcate children in America? First they started with all the socialism bullshit, then with the fake histories on several subjects, and then that teacher in St. Paul ran that role playing exercise, the curriculum for which was entirely favorable to Islam, nary a negatronic word on the thing.

    And now those who would propagandize defenseless children are armed with videos? Damn, I knew teachers were lazy, but this one takes the cake.

  2. says

    This is a wonderful example we should all follow instead of talking about the evils of Islam. What is going on at the school where your children attend regarding history, science and other social studies?

  3. says

    “internal communications from one history teacher ridiculing and disparaging Mrs. McKeigue, and even suggesting she should be fired from her part time job as alumni director for the school because of her criticism of the video.”

    It would be interesting to know the religion/political affiliation of the teacher who made that suggestion.

    “At one point in the video, 7th grade students are told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is their responsibility to fix it.”

    I’ve heard the video for college students it’s not so different, it just adds “by beheading the filthy offender while shouting the sacred words ‘Allahu Akbar'”.

    Also, Dearborn, Michigan. Why am i not surprised?

  4. says

    In response to McKeigue’s criticism, the school district invited Olmsted Falls pastors to review the video. To the school district’s chagrin, several pastors agreed with McKeigue and also questioned the accuracy of the video.

    That tells me that they hadn’t really watched it or they would have known what was on it and that the criticisms were valid.

  5. says

    Vigilance is a must when it comes to our children’s education.

    Well done to Mrs. Mckeigue for her tenacity in persuing this to a just conclusion.

  6. says

    TRUTH OF ALLAH

    This Allah, so angry and vainglorious
    does not impress nor fool us
    for his servant revealed the whole scheme
    while reciting Satan’s Sura 53:19.

  7. says

    I personally know Jenny McKeigue. I can tell you that she’s a bit of a fanatic. I haven’t seen the video and it may be just as bad as she says, but I wouldn’t necessarily take her word for it. Another thing…this woman was a rabid Hillary Clinton supporter, so let’s not hold her up as a shining example of an anti-jihad crusader.

  8. says

    Ohio mom gets Islamic proselytizing video removed from 7th grade history class
    ………………………………….

    Kudos to that “Ohio mom”.

    More:

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this video was there in the first place. Islamic educational organizations have for years targeted public school textbook manufacturers and gotten the material about Islam in those books to be uncritically positive toward Islam even to the point of proselytizing. The same books, of course, are full of harsh criticism of Christianity.
    ………………………………….

    No”this sort of thing no longer surprises”but it does sicken, and it does anger. And this isn’t some sort of fringy location”Ohio is right in the heartland.

    More:

    She asked the School District to remove the video from the curriculum and replace it with an objective video relevant to the history of Islam, not one that taught children how to become a Muslim…
    ………………………………….

    “How to become a Muslim””this is Da’wa, plain and simple.

    More:

    The questionable video features a Christian (Dave) agreeing to embrace the religion of Islam and the Muslim culture by living with a Muslim family for 30 days in Dearborn, Michigan…
    ………………………………….

    Does the video go on to show what would happen to the witless “Dave” if he develops a similar interest in Buddhism, Unitarianism, or New Age spirituality next week”that he can be *murdered* by that nice Muslim family for being an apostate?

    Somehow I doubt it.

    More:

    The video is also set up in a manner that portrays non-Muslims as uneducated bigots and Muslims as persecuted victims. At one point in the video, 7th grade students are told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is their responsibility to fix it.
    ………………………………….

    If they hear Muslims describe Jews as “apes and pigs”, should they try to fix that, too? If so, I hope they realize what they’re in for if the Muslims outnumber them…

    More:

    The video was being used as a part of the Ohio 7th Grade Social Studies Standards Expectations for Learning which requires students to “describe achievements by the Islamic civilization and how these achievements were introduced into Western Europe in the time period between 750 BC – 1600AD.” As such, “Muslims and America” is clearly irrelevant to Ohio Social Studies Standards.
    ………………………………….

    And so it is”but consider the main curriculum, as well”it naturally fosters an unearned Muslim supremacism.

    More:

    Mrs. McKeigue felt the video, in addition to being irrelevant, also violated several Board Policies with regard to the promotion of religion in the classroom and the fair representation of all ethnic and religious groups. Additionally, she questioned the accuracy of the video as well as the applied double standard as no other video was shown nor instruction given demonstrating how to perform the religious exercises of other religions.

    In response to McKeigue’s criticism, the school district invited Olmsted Falls pastors to review the video. To the school district’s chagrin, several pastors agreed with McKeigue and also questioned the accuracy of the video…
    ………………………………….

    The school district was *counting* on Christian dhimmitude. Too bad for them that they local Christian clergy weren’t quite as far gone as they had hoped…

    More:

    Dr. Todd Hoadley, school superintendent at the time, disregarded their concerns. At a March 2013 Board meeting, and in private conversations, he defended the video with the astonishing argument that the inaccuracies of the video proved its value.
    ………………………………….

    When have inaccuracies *ever* ‘proven a thing’s value'”except to show what not to do?

    Again, bravo to this Ohio mom and the good people at the Thomas More Law Center for their clear-eyed understand of just what the “value” of this ugly video really was.

  9. says

    This sort of thing is why I often feel as if I’m involved in a giant swindle preying on students and their families (I am a public school social studies teacher).

    Beef39 points out that Jenny McKeigue is a Hillary Clinton supporter. As a fanatic opponent of the thing I call Shrillary Shrew, I say well and good. Maybe a little more examination of what the post-liberals are inflicting on America may lead Mrs. Mc Keague to reconsider the politicians and party she has hitherto supported.

  10. says

    I teach my kids that sometimes the school system is filled with politically correct bullshit. They’re old enough to realize that even their teachers can spew nonsense.

    I use such behavior by the school system as a teaching moment.

    I don’t have the money or the time to pursue things as this lady did. But I do have the time to explain where school systems got it wrong.

  11. says

    These school administrators most likely know nothing of Islamic history, belief system or the noxious writings in the Qur’an, Hadith and Sira. They are gullible and should not be sticking their noses into areas in which they have little or no knowledge.

  12. says

    back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, what sort of justifiable, unpleasantness would have happened to teachers and “dr. hoad toadly” if they were caught teaching kids to bow with “hiel hitler”?

  13. says

    It is a very sad that Islamic organizations are targeting our school’s textbook companies to white washed Islam role in history. Why not the uproar about that? Look at the fruits of Islamic thought on countries that are 100 percent Islamic: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, and others that nearly 100 percent like Pakistan. Students should learn to think and not see the world in black and white. Why cannot they know the brutal conquest on Constantinople in 1453, the destruction of Nalanda-Buddhism international university in India, Tamerlan’s destruction and killing of Nestorian Christians as his main target and also fellow muslims on a grand scale, the Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian genocide, and so on. If they are willing to give a full rounded education they have to show the full picture. Hiding these facts have kept the Muslim from growing up. We are grown up already. Let us help the Muslim grow and learn to see the world in grays and not only black and white.

  14. says

    I want to congratulate that woman for her action. That video was a real slap in the face and a disgrace.
    Ohio mom you are a hero and you are making history. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo! Another freedom fighter.

  15. says

    We should be immunizing our children from radicalization by teaching the truth about Islam in public schools. Instead our public schools are preaching Islamic propaganda to our children.

  16. says

    Several years ago one of my many x wives took the school system head on with horns lowered over a a teaching tool that she and other parents thought was immoral. She was relentless and was all over teachers, principals, on a daily basis. The school board meeting, were riots. People showed up just to watch her disrupt the meeting. She took it all the way to the State. What she found out in the end is that parents have little rights about their children in public schools.

  17. says

    Screw the NEA. Chances are they backed this so-called teacher to teach “multicultural” BS to the kids. Good for that mother in getting Islam removed from that school.

  18. says

    Our cbc in Canada had a terrible weekly sitcom for a while called ” little mosque on the prairie” which falsely and slanderously portrayed Canadians as uneducated clueless bumbling bigots and Muslims, of course, as gracious, insightful, educated and tolerant. Program was finally cancelled, thank goodness! I could only stomach short bursts of it, as I don’t take well to being brainwashed and re educated. Of course, realize that this elitist claptrap on Canada’s national tv network is funded by those (uneducated, clueless, bumbling, bigoted) Canadian taxpayers!

  19. says

    “At one point in the video, 7th grade students are told that if they hear someone say something wrong about Islam, it is their responsibility to fix it.”

    I LIKE IT!

    Imagine the gasps as some young schoolkid–properly taught about Islam by knowledgeable, involved parents–tells a visiting rabbi, priest, pastor or imam that that infamous snippet of 5:32 they’ve just tried to pass off, again, as a tenet of Islam’s morality and tolerance (you know the one: if you kill one person, blech) is an obvious and blatant plagiarism of the Jewish tale of Cain and Abel which was (1)written by evil Jews, (2)FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (yes, that would be Jews).

    Yes, make sure today’s kuffar youth both know what Islam really teaches and that they do take the time to “fix” those wrong things they keep hearing about Islam.

  20. says

    Since what these teachers and principal did are against the law…the mom and all other concerned parents should sue. There have been other suits against school officials for much less in the way of being in the wrong legally. The “school board” can’t set the standard on this.

    And if I had a child in school being taught this islam propaganda, I too would become a “fanatic’ for the cause of getting it away from my child. If the teachers can’t even have a Bible on their desks for fear a child might ask a question and be “taught” something about the teacher’s faith, this video nonsense is way over the top.

    And what happened to “Dave” when his 30 days was up and he returned to normalcy? Did it explain that to discontinue the rituals learned would be apostasy? Did the video warn him of what happens to apostates?

    And the “teacher” who wanted the mom fired is evidently not a believer in free speech. One can only guess…educatedly so…on that teacher’s “religion” and whether that staffer was the person behind it all.

  21. says

    The issue is that Islam is a goverment not a religion and the WORLD needs to address it as that and deal with it as that. They use the Mosgue as an indoctrination center for brain wash and to extract millions of dollars TAX FREE, form the unassuming mice to use against them. The use of the 503 C is a tool that should not be allowed for them to use to proliferate the hate under the guise of religion. Start today adderssing them as a goverment that wants to rule the world in there pathetic way of life of subservient salvery. The assult is real and the world needs to deal them their own deck of cards. Refer to Tex Ritter “deck of cards”. A nice Ham from Iowa and a copy of this “The Deck of Cards should be the Christmas gift to every member of the Isalmic GOVERMENT in the world. Godspeed to the shut down of that Islam goverment in disguise with the devil as its leader and advisior..

  22. says

    This is the front line.

    Classrooms, PTAs, School Boards, School Districts (and their equivalents, in other parts of the Lands of the Infidels). (And after that, the college and university campuses and faculty meetings).

    Just like it’s the Shire and County and City Councils, where people who are a/ Islamosavvy and b/ know the territory (the legal and political territory), which are another front line, manned by people like Gavin Boby of the UK with his Law and Freedom Foundation.

    This lady in Ohio is evidence that knowledge is spreading and that the hard work of people like Spencer, and of ACT for America, and others, is beginning to take effect at ground level.

    The Muslims have infiltrated all of these places and up till now have had it pretty much their own way; but *now* the Infidels are waking up, getting smart, beginning to Organise, and..fighting back.

  23. says

    beef39 wrote:

    I personally know Jenny McKeigue. I can tell you that she’s a bit of a fanatic. I haven’t seen the video and it may be just as bad as she says, but I wouldn’t necessarily take her word for it. Another thing…this woman was a rabid Hillary Clinton supporter, so let’s not hold her up as a shining example of an anti-jihad crusader.
    ………………………………..

    What sort of “fanatic”, exactly? This is pretty vague…

    Also, while she may well fall short of being a consistant Anti-Jihadist on all issues, it sounds as though she did some good work here.

    I hope that you can accomplish as much yourself, beef39.

  24. says

    I personally know Jenny McKeigue. I can tell you that she’s a bit of a fanatic. I haven’t seen the video and it may be just as bad as she says, but I wouldn’t necessarily take her word for it. Another thing…this woman was a rabid Hillary Clinton supporter, so let’s not hold her up as a shining example of an anti-jihad crusader.

    All the better: we need people on the Left agitating anti-Islamically.

    As for McKeigue being “a bit of a fanatic”, this nonce-poster “beef39″ who pops in out of the blue seems to imply that her bit-of-fanaticism stems from things in addition to her support of Hillary Clinton; but “beef39″ doesn’t specify what they are. A rather worthless comment, all in all…

  25. says

    If she is a bit of a fanatic supporter of Clinton – then her complaint should be seriously looked at.

    If anything it is more likely to be understated

  26. says

    ”I personally know Jenny McKeigue. I can tell you that she’s a bit of a fanatic.”

    And we’re just supposed to take your word for this ?

    Anyone, thanks to the anonymity of the interner, can come on to a forum, and claim to ”know” someone or other.

    Therefore your comments smearing this woman’s character are highly spurious, unless you can supply **proof** she is a ‘fanatic’ (by whose criteria ?) or a ”rabid Clinton supporter”.

    I notice you have no comment on her courage and tenacity in pursuing this disgraceful situation, and indeed, no comment on the school which included this meretricious claptrap in it’s curriculum.

    ” … so let’s not hold her up as a shining example of an anti-jihad crusader”

    Well, she has pursued this disgraceful school with courage and tenacity; to my mind this qualifies her as an anti-jihadist.

    What have **you** done, beefo ?

  27. says

    I DID NOT–I ADMIT-go to your link.

    BUT AS FOR ISLAM CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY, MAY I PRESENT:

    1. SUICIDE BOMBINGS.

    2. ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS AND CHIRCHES.

    3. KILLIGN 8 NYERA OLD GIRLS (FRANCE, PERHAPS A YEAR AGO)

    4. MARRIAGES OF GIRLS AS YOUNG AS 10 OR SO TO OLDE RPEOPLE ( SEE JIHAD WAC, 10 YEAR OLD GIRL DIES — FROM SEX WITH HER HUSBAND–HAD OTHE RTITLE, BUT THAT WAS THE GIST OF IT)- EARLIER IN SEPT., I BELEIVE).

    5. MARRIAGES LIKE THE ONE BETWEEN A 13 YEAR OLD BOY MARRRYING HIS 10 YEAR OLD COUSIN (IN EGYPT-A BETETR COUNTRY WITHOUT THE MUSLIM BROTERHOOD). ( BUT STILL MUSLIM).

    6. (IN EGYPT, UNDER THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD) ALLOWING SEX BETWEEN A MAN AND A CORPSE.

    I AM SURE THAT THERE ARE MORE CONTRIBUTIONS, BUT GIVE ME TIME TO THINK OF THE, (ALSO, ROADSIDE BOMBS, AND BOMBING MOSQUES OF DIFFERENT SECTS OF MUSLIMS). NOT INLCUDED

  28. says

    Jay G wrote, replying to Salah:

    I DID NOT–I ADMIT-go to your link.

    BUT AS FOR ISLAM CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY, MAY I PRESENT:

    1. SUICIDE BOMBINGS…
    ……………………………

    Jay, you may have misunderstood Salah. He is an absolutely staunch Anti-Jihadist who often ridicules Islam”especially the the baleful “Prophet””very soundly. He’s a good guy, and I’ve followed his links and gone to his site many times.

  29. says

    “I do not care if she is a even a communist. What she did was much more than I have ever done against evil Islam.”

    I do. If it turns out that she is a Communist, she’s a greater threat than Islam.

    And it could be argued forcefully that your contributions here, on JWatch, have done more than she has. Don’t underestimate the power of your words, Sam.

    Regards,

    Jihadski