A cardinal principle of dhimmi laws is that the “protection” of the dhimmis is canceled if a dhimmi “mentions something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o11.10(5)). The dhimmi mentality of whitewashing all the sins of the jihadis who subjugated them is now spreading into American textbooks, via misguided ideas of multiculturalism and tolerance.
The battle against this is ongoing. I was recently an expert witness in a case in California where a workbook in which Islam was taught as fact was being used by seventh graders in a public school. Now Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has spoken up about the textbook scandal in the House. He refers to the textbook that was used in conjunction with the workbook in the California case, and points out the political use to which such misleading presentations can be put. From the Yorktown Patriot, with thanks to Ted Robertson:
Certain concepts are uniquely Western. No other civilization can claim them. How about the concept of the rule of law as opposed to the rule of man? Uniquely Western. It is ours. It is good. It is a good thing. We are trying our best to right now plant those seeds in far off lands and are spending treasure, both monetary and human, in pursuit of that goal. The rule of law over the rule of man, not a dictator, not Saddam or Qusay or Uday, but the rule of law. That is what we are trying to do.
It is a noble cause. The men and women who are trying to plant those seeds are being fired on every day, some losing their lives, seems like every day.
But it is for a noble cause, Mr. Speaker. I believe that.
But how long would I believe those things if I had been taught every single day things like this: in a textbook called “Across the Centuries,” which is used for seventh grade history, and, boy, I have to put the word history in quotation marks there. That is my editorial comment. The book defines the word jihad as, “To do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil.” So now this is what children are taught the word jihad means.
When this child watches a program on television and this word is used, and it is a word used in conjunction with someone who has just blown himself or herself up, and a lot of other innocent human beings around them, this kid is supposed to think that that is what somebody is doing in order to resist temptation and overcome evil. And if we condemn jihad against the United States, then we are condemning someone who is just simply trying to overcome evil. This is what we tell our children?