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The Times of Israel reported Wednesday that “Arab textbooks are not the only ones erasing Israel from their maps. Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has also eliminated the Jewish state in a book.” But after an outcry from readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com, Scholastic has backed down and apologized – showing the importance of speaking out for justice.
The book, “Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” is part of a children’s series that Scholastic publishes about the adventures of a group of reporters in Egypt. It includes a map of the Middle East that completely obliterates Israel, making it entirely part of the territory of Jordan.
This is a different form of annihilation. It’s unconscionable. Our children are being indoctrinated with this genocidal poison. Scholastic was joining in with and validating the genocidal jihadist dreams of the “Palestinians.” But even more destructively, they’re poisoning young minds with Islamic rhetoric and Jew hatred.
I had readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com voice their outrage to Scholastic, and I am sure many other freedom-lovers did as well. The company was inundated with emails. Readers who wrote in to Scholastic received this email in response:
Thank you for your email. The following steps are being taken in regards to the issue addressed in your email. Scholastic is stopping shipment on this title, revising the map, and going back to reprint. We regret the omission which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
And Kyle Good, a Scholastic senior vice president for corporate communications, wrote to the Times of Israel: “The president of Trade Publishing who was on a plane yesterday returning from Europe has confirmed for me this morning that we are stopping shipments on this title, making the correction and going to reprint. We regret the error.”
This was no error. It couldn’t have been accidental. This map didn’t just slip through the cracks. Having published books with WND and Simon & Schuster, I can tell you firsthand that every comma, every period, every indentation is vetted, edited and checked numerous times. The fact is, Scholastic signed off on that map.
Nevertheless, it should be commended for taking immediate action to rectify this grievous rewrite of present-day reality. And while this kind of thing should never happen, that is unrealistic, considering how many operatives Islamic supremacists have employed in the educational industry, and how many left-wing tools eagerly do their bidding – in concert with the Saudis buying up so many academic textbook companies.
That said, freedom-lovers have to be prepared to fight back, and they did. The wrong was righted. Scholastic’s immediate and correct response should be the standard for the myriad cases of textbooks proselytizing for Islam – in Florida, California, Texas and elsewhere.
Parents are beginning to wake up to what is happening with their children’s’ textbooks, and how they have become vehicles for the spread of Islam. The Daily Caller reported Nov. 5 that “on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, some 200 or more local parents and activists have announced plans to show up at Tuesday’s Volusia County school board meeting to protest the public school use of a world history textbook that devotes a whole chapter to Islam but exactly zero chapters to any other religions.”
This is a mosqueing of the public school. Public school officials, as well as textbook publishers, must be called out and exposed. Whether they are clueless or complicit is irrelevant; the outcome is the same. Islamic history must be taught, and taught accurately, without covering up for the terrible reality of jihad – especially in world history courses, where this proselytizing for Islam is taking place.
The publishers should be withdrawing these pro-Islamic books and correcting them to reflect the historical accuracy of 1,400 years of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements. Or they could put out a separate book, with chapters on Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, etc. Current events courses omit the vicious persecution, oppression and slaughter of non-Muslims living in Muslim countries.
During the 2012 Republican primary race for president, I exposed an Islamophilic curriculum instituted in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry. Many of the weak and spineless in the right-wing blogosphere attacked me mercilessly. But they were wrong. I was right. This indoctrination is poison.
At the end of the day, these textbooks constitute a violation of the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” When these textbooks are used in public schools, that is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause as it has been understood by jurists for decades.
Indoctrination in the public schools is, by far, the most dangerous and insidious forms of stealth jihad. Education about Islam is critical to prepare the next generation for the long war. Proselytizing (dawah) isn’t teaching.
With Scholastic, freedom won a victory. When people act, things happen. That’s why it’s so important to act, and to enlist in the army of the good.