Happy dhimmis gulled in Egypt. “Local educators learn about Islam on trip to Egypt,” by Bill Zlatos for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
“The idea is most Americans don’t know much about Islam except what you see in the headlines, which is all violence and oppression of women,” said Rebecca Denova, visiting lecturer in religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. “The purpose of the program is we need to teach more about Islam, starting in high school and in colleges.”
Denova was one of 12 teachers who went to Egypt from June 24 to July 22 as part of the Fulbright-Hays Program under the U.S. Department of Education. They eventually will hold workshops to train high school teachers about Islam, which has about 1.3 billion adherents, second behind Christianity, which has about 2 billion followers.
Others on the trip were Elaine Linn of Pitt; Christina Michelmore, Charlotte Lott and Deborah Rubin of Chatham University; Tracey-Ann Flynn of Hickory High School in Hermitage, Mercer County; Tony Gaskew of Pitt-Bradford; Fran Leap of Seton Hill University; Michale McKale of St. Francis University; Richard Saccone of St. Vincent College; Eric Tuten of Slippery Rock University; and Michael Yoder of Northside Urban Pathways Charter School, Downtown.
Leap said she came away from the trip with a deeper respect for Muslims and how fervently they practice their religion.
Another highlight for participants was meeting members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the leading opposition group in Egypt to President Hosni Mubarak.
I wonder if they learned that that “opposition group” was the direct forefather of Hamas and Al-Qaeda.
Yoder, a history and Spanish teacher, plans to use his experience to develop a class on world religions.
“We generally think of Muslims as radicals or extremists, and I would like to present a case of moderate Islam that has a deep desire to get along with Christians and Jews,” he said. “Egypt is a good example of a place where Christians and Muslims have gotten along for centuries.”
From 2007 alone: