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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Did you know: Muslims discovered America?

Well, your kid probably does!
Harvard is one of eighteen universities that receive government funding under Title 6 of the Higher Education Act. To qualify for that funding, the universities are required to conduct outreach to K-12 teachers, helping them shape lessons from schoolchildren. The teachers think they’re getting expert insight from university scholars about Islam and the Middle East. They may be getting much more.

The Saudi government has donated millions to Middle East centers at universities that receive Title 6 funding. For example, the Harvard Center received a $20 million dollar donation from Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal in 2005. The Prince also gave Georgetown $20 million that same year. . . .

Among the textbooks the Harvard Center recommends for school children is the Arab World Studies Notebook. The book is published by Arab World and Islamic Resources, a Saudi-funded group in New Mexico. The notebook has come under fire for negatively portraying America and Israel while white-washing Islam. It’s been banned by some school districts. . . One of the notebook’s most controversial claims is that Muslims made it to the New World before Columbus. It states that some native-American chiefs even had Muslim names.

Do you think the changes mentioned at the end of this video will make everything ok again (just like it used to be when kids were taught that Columbus discovered America?)

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