Propaganda Demonizing Islam Is Starting to Infect Public Schools

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One does not have to be a student of history to understand the efficacy of Nazi Josef Goebbels’s propaganda tactic of telling “a lie big enough and keep repeating it; people will eventually come to believe it.” Of course, the Nazi’s big lie was that Jews were the greatest threat to Germany and it led, what may have been, good Germans to turn on their neighbors and become complicit in a horrific attempt to exterminate an entire people due to their religion. There is a saying that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and a large segment of Americans did learn from Nazi history are deliberately repeating it to incite hatred toward an entire people due to their religion.

Of course the Americans putting Goebbels’s propaganda tactics into practice are Fox News, neo-conservatives, Republicans, and their religious right sycophants, and their big lie is that the greatest threat to this nation is every person who adheres to the Muslim faith. There is no doubt the fundamentalist Islamists in ISIL are barbaric and a threat to Muslims in the Middle East, but they do not represent all Muslims as evidenced by the Muslim nations fighting to destroy them. However, that fact is not a valid propaganda message for the Christian Right and their neo-con war and fear-mongers whose lies many Americans are beginning to believe as fact.

Michele Bachmann put Goebbels’s propaganda tactic to work and said, “I don’t want to see car bombings and all of the havoc and chaos coming to the United States that we see in Baghdad. Since we have them coming into the United States, we’ll see a wave of car bombings and bombings that occur here in the United States that would begin the process of destabilization to bring them to the point of defeating us here in the United States.”

Recently, in a major media outlet for evangelical and Pentecostal Christians, Charisma magazine, an avowed Islamophobe, Gary Cass, put out a call for genocide against Muslims stating categorically that “every true follower of Mohammed wants to subjugate and murder” non-Muslims. It’s impossible for Christians to live together peacefully with them.” Cass then asks the faithful “How many more dead bodies will have to pile up at home and abroad before we crush the vicious seed of Ishmael in Jesus’ Name?” Cass’s solution is not unlike Hitler’s Nazis; “either force them all to get sterilized” or “kick them out of America, but then he arrives at the final solution; “really there’s only one solution that is biblical; overwhelming Christian just war.”

It is a sad fact of life, but the preponderance of propaganda against Muslims over the past thirteen years in general, and the last few months in particular, is finally starting to have the desired effect and is being manifest in, of all places, public schools. The problem is not students, and certainly not school teachers, but religious right parents watching Fox News and frequenting evangelical websites, as well as school administrators terrified of Christians that wield inordinate power over local school districts.

It is likely going on around the nation, and it is certainly occurring in California, where over the past couple of weeks, groups of parents, school board members, and administrators approached and accosted history, mathematics, and science teachers over what they claimed were inappropriate portrayals of Islam in the classrooms. The group informed the history department first that they had heard enough from Fox News, religious websites, and YouTube videos warning parents that textbooks teachers are mandated to use are not revealing the true intent of all Muslims to “murder every Christian man, woman, and child in America.” The parents claimed that Common Core was not teaching students that, as Michele Bachmann said, American Muslims and ISIL children sneaking across America’s southern borders were planting car bombs to kill Christians and conquer America.

The history teachers were predictably surprised they were being assailed and reminded the parents and district representatives that they had been using a nine year old “district-chosen” textbook that pre-dated Common Core by several years. They also reminded the group the textbooks were approved by the school board. The group’s spokespersons, two evangelical parents replied, “But that was before we saw Fox and YouTube warning us you all are making Muslims look like they aren’t trying to murder us, especially us Christians.” For the record, depending on the grade level, basic history class curriculum includes an overview of the world’s major religions; including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

The group then moved on to the mathematics department and warned math teachers to stop making Muslims look civilized by telling students that algebra was first devised in the Middle East. It was the same story for the science department that made the un-Christian error of showing a portion of the Cosmos episode that revealed some of the greatest scientific discoveries in the ancient world originated in Iraq. The consensus was that if teachers had to reference the Middle East at all, they could either herald the greatness of god’s chosen people the Jews, or warn the students that Muslims, all Muslims, pose an existential threat to Americans, especially Christian Americans.

It is noteworthy that one history teacher reminded the “concerned group” that history textbooks included a brief synopsis of the Christian Crusades and Inquisitions, and it did not portray Christianity in a good light. It did not have the effect the teacher intended and elicited praise and encouragement to glorify America’s current Christian crusade against the Muslims. One among the group said they believe what they saw in a video that since America has been fighting Muslims since 9/11, children need know that “total victory doesn’t mean forcing them to convert, it means killing them all” and “if the Crusades did their job we’d be safe today.”

Most Americans, whether they are religious fundamentalists or not, likely have no idea of what Islam is about, or that it is an Abrahamic religion like Judaism and Christianity. But due to the preponderance of fear-mongering, outright lies, and hateful propaganda from the likes of Fox News, Republican warmongers, and Christian fundamentalists, they think all Muslims are extremists in the image of ISIL or al-Qaeda and “equally and irredeemably evil.” They also are so ignorant of their own religion that they believe all “real Christians” are good and righteous and that the horrors their faith committed on humanity are wholly justified simply because America is Christian and on god’s side.

Subsequently, they believe the propaganda conservative Christians, warmongers, and fear-mongering media spews incessantly and have now taken it on themselves to censor school curriculum and warn school teachers to start portraying Islam in the same negative light they see daily on Fox News, evangelical websites, and from Republican fear-mongers who studied Nazi history, learned the lessons of successful propagandizing, and are making Goebbels proud.

16 Replies to “Propaganda Demonizing Islam Is Starting to Infect Public Schools”

  1. All religions are basically the same.
    Christians, Buddhists & Hindus will also behead non-believers.

    Islamaphobism is far worse than those minuscule few who are making poor choices in the name of Allah.

  2. These parents must have seen the latest NRA propaganda commercials…..they look ISIS recruiting propaganda, only they want you to join the NRA, no joke! Look at them on utube, they paint a subtle disturbing outlook about America, and say they are the good guys! Quite disturbing, they look like terrorists recruiting commercials!

  3. It appears to me that the “christian” “religious” far-right, GOP, Tea-Party and their “Elite” CORPORATE 1% “MONEY GOD” “Masters” want to incite violence by promoting and instigating a very “real” all out, full blown, “religious war” (christian-crusade) against other religions and their beliefs inside the borders of the U.S.A. today. Just like we have going on in the Middle-East. In my opinion. PRAISE THE LORD… We can now “all” experience and “enjoy” first hand the suffering, dieing and fighting here in the U.S.A. for our gods and then go straight to “heaven”. SIGN UP NOW.

  4. I knew Islam was an Abrahamic religion (though they didn’t call it that) since I was a schoolkid six decades ago. Other than that, I knew that the Prophet let his five favorite mares sleep in the tent with him, and that he was pushed around by his cats. That sounded all right. Later, I learned that ancient knowledge about astronomy, natural science, classical history, and mathematics, destroyed in Europe by the Inquisition, were preserved and reintroduced by the Moors. To prove it wasn’t all rosy, we were also told about the Ottomans being assholes at Vienna. This was all in the 1950’s, hardly a radical decade.

  5. Not all muslims are terrorist, but all terrorist are muslim. Let us embrace the head cutters and defile all other religions.

  6. JohnGalt, YOU ARE A IDIOT! Domestic Terrorists: anti-abortion-In 1993, Michael F. Griffin shot Dr. David Gunn to death during a protest. In 1994, Paul Jennings Hill shot Dr. John Britton and clinic escort James Barrett to death, also wounding Barrett’s wife June; John Salvi shot and killed two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
    Eric Robert Rudolph bombed the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in protest of abortion, killing one person and wounding 111, and bombed several abortion clinics in 1997 and 1998, killing a security guard and critically injuring a nurse. In 1998, James Kopp shot a number of abortion providers, killing one, Dr. Barnett Slepian. 2009 Roeder murdered Dr. Tiller at church. The army of god is the terrorist group responsible for these murders.
    Antigovernment Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people on April 19, 1995 in the Oklahoma city federal building….extremism knows no bounds!

  7. These parents will do more harm to their children, spreading Faux News hatred, than ISIL ever will. Faux News and the religious right spreading this hatred and propaganda are doing more harm to this country than ISIL ever will. We as a country must fight against this kind of hatred with truth just as much as we are fighting a physical war against ISIL.

  8. John Stuart Mill:”I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative.”

  9. This is a fallacy of pure over-generalization. How could you assert every religion is the same? Show me examples of Christians or Jews or Buddhists beheading those who refuse to convert to their religions. Come off it!

  10. Actually, zionists were the modern terrorists. Read the history of the early ’30s and zionism in Palestine if you want to see ungodly terrorism at work. Your little rote nonsense repeating of a jingle is naive and not smart.

  11. I got a thought. The only way to achieve a real “PEACE ON EARTH” today would be for us to actually dig a “Huge Pit” in the Earth (or just find one). Name it “HELL” and then “allow” or force (if required) all of the people who want to live, die and suffer in the “PIT OF HELL” to do so. It would be “their” choice. In my opinion. And then we could just Seal “HELL’S” gates and doors CLOSED FOREVER. PEACE!!!

  12. If America is God’s Chosen Country, why didn’t he create it first? Why did he choose for his only begotten son to be born in the Middle East?

  13. Because god has a sick sense of humor. Three origins from Abraham all claiming the same holy sites. What can possibly go wrong?

  14. During the crusades, it was the christians teaching the muslims about beheading people.

    I doubt the Buddhists have done that, or at least not very much. They have been noted to immolate themselves as a form of protest. Too bad some other religions haven’t followed suit.

    As for the Jewish, they are the one committing all of the violence and genocide in the old testament. Like the muslims today, they claimed that “god” was ordering them to do it.

    Apparently, the muslims have paid more attention to the lessons of history than most.

  15. The real message the politicians are following is this one:

    “Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy. It is always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.

    This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”

    Hermann Goering Hitler’s Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg trials after WW II

    I doubt that even one word of that came as a surprise to any government.

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