Is teaching Islam education, or indoctrination?

There are 8 comments on the Bangor Daily News story from Aug 23, 2012, titled Is teaching Islam education, or indoctrination?. In it, Bangor Daily News reports that:

The committee that focuses on curriculum in the Rockland area school district said it wants more specific information from a Rockland woman before it will decide whether to take time to discuss her concerns about the teaching of Islam ...

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“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Aug 24, 2012
from Bangor Daily News:

"... Cowan handed out an executive summary titled 'Education or Indoctrination?' concerning the treatment of Islam in textbooks used in grades six through 12 in the United States ... information she distributed to the board in April included a statement from Brigitte Gabriel, who is the founder and president of an organization called ACT! for America Education.

"In that statement, Gabriel states the organization has no objection to the teaching of Islam in public schools but cited that many textbooks fail to treat the religion in a fair manner.

"'To cite a particularly egregious example of how the textbooks reviewed fail to do this, the Crusades are routinely depicted as an unprovoked invasion by Christians of the Muslim-owned Holy Land, and Muslims depicted as victims of this aggression. This historical revisionism does not inform students that Muslims invaded and conquered the Holy Land (and the Jews and Christians who lived there) over 400 years prior to the Crusades, and that the Crusades were an effort to regain the Holy Land from the Muslim conquerors,' Gabriel said in the statement."

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#2 Aug 24, 2012
Other than the cursory information about Islam and its beginnings in World history, at or Lit ..there should be no other education about Islam, and no education past that what is already included in information about the culture associated with Islam. If the schools are going to teach the tenets Of Islam, they also need to teach the tenets of Christianity, Hinduism, bhuddism,Wicca, etc....Religion, is for the home and the places of worship...NOT THE SCHOOLS!!!

“The Defiant Dhimmi”

Since: Apr 08

Scholar of the Obvious

#3 Aug 24, 2012
It all depends on how you state things.
If you say "Muslims believe that Muhammad was a prophet", it is education.

But if you say "Muhammad was a prophet", it is indoctrination.

There is nothing wrong with education.
There is nothing right about indoctrination.
Social security is a lie

Jakarta, Indonesia

#4 Aug 24, 2012
How bout learn to have critical thinking about Islam?
Skeptic

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Aug 24, 2012
Social security is a lie wrote:
How bout learn to have critical thinking about Islam?
Try reading this link.
False religion's started by Satanic angel's.
http://www.ukapologetics.net/angels.html

“Inveterate Islamaphobe”

Since: Jan 12

Canada

#6 Aug 24, 2012
Neither.

Its retardation.
Kiril

Dorval, Canada

#7 Sep 14, 2012
Some guy makes a movie that says every time muslims think someone has insulted islam, they run amok in the streets, kill each other and set fire to buildings.
To protest the inaccuracy of the film, hundreds of insulted muslims run amok in the streets, killing each other and setting fire to buildings.
Deb

Waterbury, CT

#9 Sep 14, 2012
Joe DeCaro wrote:
from Bangor Daily News:
"... Cowan handed out an executive summary titled 'Education or Indoctrination?' concerning the treatment of Islam in textbooks used in grades six through 12 in the United States ... information she distributed to the board in April included a statement from Brigitte Gabriel, who is the founder and president of an organization called ACT! for America Education.
"In that statement, Gabriel states the organization has no objection to the teaching of Islam in public schools but cited that many textbooks fail to treat the religion in a fair manner.
"'To cite a particularly egregious example of how the textbooks reviewed fail to do this, the Crusades are routinely depicted as an unprovoked invasion by Christians of the Muslim-owned Holy Land, and Muslims depicted as victims of this aggression. This historical revisionism does not inform students that Muslims invaded and conquered the Holy Land (and the Jews and Christians who lived there) over 400 years prior to the Crusades, and that the Crusades were an effort to regain the Holy Land from the Muslim conquerors,' Gabriel said in the statement."
Absolutely true

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