The politics of Islamic phobia comes to life

World History Book / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo / The World History textbook, taught in sophomore level history in the Volusia County public schools came under attack in recent months from the Volusia County Republican Party and a Lake County self-described "Patriot" named Rick Sarmiento, who advocated tearing out a 32-page section on Islam.

EDGEWATER -- I see no reason to be explaining any religion in a world history textbook. Granted I was taking world history a long time ago, but I do not recall any religion mentioned other than the Nazis persecuting the Jews and others prior to and during the second world war. What exactly the Jewish religion consisted of was not explained in depth in our textbooks either.

I see no reason to be explaining any religion in a world history textbook. Granted I was taking world history a long time ago, but I do not recall any religion mentioned other than the Nazis persecuting the Jews and others prior to and during the second world war. What exactly the Jewish religion consisted of was not explained in depth in our textbooks either.

One could not teach that particular part of history without mentioning what Hitler’s intention was, which was to rid his country and other countries he conquered of all Jews and anyone else not of his Arian race. We still learned history back then and that is what the class is for. It was not a history of religion class.

As we moved from country to country we would learn how they differed from one another and may have been told the country was comprised of mainly Jewish, Islamic or Christians but no more than that.

Many parts of World History include wars fought over religion dating back to the Crusades. In those cases, religion was mentioned, but in a very general manor.

Today such conflicts as Israeli and Palestinians need to be taught so that children can try to understand why hundreds of years have had war in that area but in depth explanations of the various religions are not necessary.

In my opinion, those issues are for people studying religion in particular and more likely to be found in college where students are more capable of hearing the differences and making their own determinations. I do not think ninth grade is age appropriate for such teachings and should not be taught without parental approval. I did hear that Christianity and Judaism was in the sixth grade textbook, but not knowing what was said, I cannot speak to the appropriateness of the subject other than to say again, I don’t think religion of any kind should be taught in-depth in the school system.

Where were the parents protesting back then? Did they not because those religions are approved in this county but not others? Prior to 9/11, I had been exposed to Islam because my family has friends who immigrated to this country and practiced the Muslim religion. They were hard workers and fine people and I learned about their religious beliefs and customs because I asked not because they tried to convert me. Otherwise, I cannot recall a big to-do about Islam.

As we get more and more a melting pot of differing races and religions we all need to know what we are talking about before we go judging other people. I have not seen or read the textbook but I did watch Headline Surfer’s "The Sunday Conversation," interview with Daytona-area resident Greg Gimbert, which showed the 32 pages devoted to Islam. It does seem way overdone and unnecessary to me.

I don’t think everyone protesting actually has read the text and knows anything other than it is about Islam and Islam means terrorist to them so it has to be bad. Not all Islamic followers are bad nor are they terrorists. To just jump up and shout without truly having all the facts has become the norm these days and a sad statement for the way our country is going.

I don’t think everyone protesting actually has read the text and knows anything other than it is about Islam and Islam means terrorist to them so it has to be bad. Not all Islamic followers are bad nor are they terrorists. To just jump up and shout without truly having all the facts has become the norm these days and a sad statement for the way our country is going.

Rick Sarmiento advocating destruction of textbook / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic snapshot / At left is a copy of the statement Rick Sarmiento wrote on Facebook in which he advocates tearing out the Islamic section of a high school extbook for Volusia County sophomore students.

Someone please publish the pages for everyone to read, then let the majority rule from there. I do not condone censorship, which you might think I do from what I have written here in the past. That’s another issue altogether.

I also never condone ripping pages out of a textbook like Rick Sarmiento of Lake County advocated on Facebook, because someone doesn’t like what is said. When we start slanting what we teach we are on a slippery slope to our own destruction.

I also never condone ripping pages out of a textbook like Rick Sarmiento of Lake County advocated on Facebook, because someone doesn’t like what is said. When we start slanting what we teach we are on a slippery slope to our own destruction.

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