The U.S. Department of Education has been promoting Islam for years

The U.S. Department of Education has proselytized in our public schools on behalf Islam for many years through its “Access Islam” program. Federally funded, it is directed at children in grades 5 through 12. The Christian Action Network recently demanded that President Trump’s recently confirmed Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, terminate the program.

According to an article at Breitbart, a predecessor program began during the Bush administration in 2005. It

“simply taught students about the traditions, culture, and holidays of Islam. Then, it became greatly expanded under the Obama administration. It has continued to develop, and now has had a greater, broader outreach.”

According to the linked Breitbart article, “Access Islam” is not only funded by DOE. It is also

“being promoted on various websites,” Martin Mawyer, president and founder of CAN, tells Breitbart News. “So, PBS Learning Media is one of the websites that is promoting it. The Smithsonian also promotes it, the Indiana Department of Education promotes it, and even the United Nations promotes it.”

Here is the blurb following the video:

The United States Department of Education has developed an Islamic indoctrination program for public schools called, ‘Access Islam.’

The lesson plans are written for grades 5 through 12. They include worksheets and videos to help students perform the 5 Pillars of Islam – prayer, fasting, alms giving, pilgrimage to Mecca and the proclamation of Muslim faith. [Emphasis added.”

This short video contains excerpted clips taken from the “Access Islam’ program which not only teaches children how to perform a Muslim prayer, but asks students such questions as: ‘What does a Muslim prayer sound like?’ ‘What do the movements look like?’ and ‘What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?’

Children are also expected to memorize verses from the Quran and give the meaning of those verses.

Taken as a whole, the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘Access Islam’ program is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam.

DOE provides no even remotely comparable promotion of any other religion. Nor should it, because for any federal (or for that matter state) agency to do so is inconsistent with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Here is a video of an interview with the founder of the Christian Action Network:

President Reject Obama’s affinity for Islam — “the religion of peace” which shall not be spoken of truthfully and whose prophet shall not be “slandered” — got us into this mess along with many others.

Will any of the many major “civil rights” organizations with which America is “blessed” take legal action against state entities which use Access Islam? They have been quite active in opposing even the display of Nativity scenes and the Ten Commandments on public property.

When will Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s recently confirmed Secretary of Education, repudiate the “Access Islam” promotion and insist that all video and other presentations of related materials it provided be returned? The DOE apparently remains a big swamp, very much in need of draining.

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  7. Tom Carter says:

    I just filed my federal tax return. Whatever little piece of my money goes to promoting Islam in public schools, I want it back. I’ll be watching the mailbox for a check….

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  10. RAFrenzy says:

    I became disenchanted with public school years ago, so this is not really surprising. Public school is little more than social engineering. It’s often short on teaching kids skills that really help them to learn and think for themselves but long on telling them what to think which is often dumbed down. I say that as a former public school parent turned home schooling parent of four children — three now grown and college graduates and one who is 17.

    Years ago I pulled my kids out of public school to home school them. It was great. They took off in their ability to think once they were removed from the mickey mouse of public school. Best thing my husband and I ever did besides getting rid of the tv. And both things were met with resistance from my kids. My oldest, who is now 28, said that getting rid of the tv was, “The worst day of my life!” She’s thanked us many times for doing that to her. She also was extremely hacked at being home schooled starting in 8th grade. It only took her two months to realize what a boon that was. The others who are 26 and 24 feel the same. They all plan to home school their children, and none of them own matching jumpers or has extremely long hair. But they do know bs when they see it.

    Probably needless to say I was very much behind Betsy DeVos being confirmed.

    • I am now seventy-five. Public education was OK when I was a kid and the universities performed pretty much as they should. Yale, my alma mater, appears to have gone down the tubes; unfortunately, I see no sign of improvement, only worsening.

      • RAFrenzy says:

        At this point, I think we just need to pray a lot. I’m not being facetious. The zeitgeist, if you will, of the U.S. is so messed up at this point, it’s not going to get fixed overnight or maybe not at all. Can I join you in Panama? 😉

        On a serious note, I have three grown children (all living in NYC), all college graduates who are doing well financially, but I worry about them losing perspective and also being in a potentially dangerous place — now that De Blasio has rolled back some safety measures.

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