Jesus was a Palestinian? That’s what one public school textbook says.

Jesus was a Palestinian? That’s what one public school textbook says.

From Fox News

Although Jesus lived in a region known in his time as Palestine, the use of the term “Palestinian,” with its modern connotations, is among the hundreds of textbook flaws cited in a recent five-year study of educational anti-Semitism detailed in the book “The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion.”

A “true or false” question on the origins of Christianity asserted that “Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus.” The teacher’s edition says this is “true.”

But even though Jesus is the founder of Christianity, the question ignores the fact that he was Jewish. And Ybarra said, “The Christian scriptures say that he preached in Judea and Galilee, not Palestine,” a term that was used at the time as a less specific description of the broader region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

“They’re under pressure from all kinds of minority groups, religious groups, and they try to satisfy everyone and that results in content that is dumbed down to the lowest common denominator,” he said. “And so, in that process, things can be missed. Errors can survive.”

Ybarra also claims that the textbooks tend not to treat Christianity, Judaism and Islam equally.

Islam has a privileged position,” he said. “It’s not critiqued or criticized or qualified, whereas Judaism and Christianity are.”

(HH here: in response toe the Liberal element lurking here I say yes, Christians have certainly also been guilty of painting school books in religious colors. The difference is that the tendency is in retreat in Christianity and in advance in Islam.)

One example is in the glossary of “World History: Continuity and Change.” It calls the Ten Commandments “moral laws Moses claimed to have received from the Hebrew God,” while the entry for the Koran contains no such qualifier in saying it is the “Holy Book of Islam containing revelations received by Muhammad from God.”

Experts agree, though, that part of the problem rests in the fact that there are so few textbook publishers.

Seventy-five percent of public school books are published by just three companies: Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education. None responded to requests for comment for this story.

“It’s a big problem right now that we have so few choices in our textbooks,” Haynes said. “This is an industry. … It’s a marketplace. They’re trying to sell their textbooks.”

But Ybarra said it goes deeper than pure economics. He thinks the school books are being used as tools for propaganda, particularly to perpetuate negative attitudes towards Christianity, Israel and pro-Palestinian views concerning the Middle East.

(HH: in public schools all religions need to be treated in completely objective fashion in historical context ONLY!)

“We fear that this is creating a generation of biased school children,” he said. “Some of our projects in the higher education realm with some of these same subject matters, we find that students do show up at universities with these prejudices.”

(HH: A big problem with this issue, just like the Radical Muslim issue, is that a fair number of the folks who agree that there is an anti-Christian, Anti-Jewish factor here want the freedom toe impose THEIR religious bias in the other direction. There are too few moderate voices attacking the hypocrisies of BOTH sides here. IT must be like living in the 50’s and SEEING the Soviet threat but the only people who truly agree with you are jingoistic McCarthy lovers and racists! My attitude would probably be the same it is now. I would kick butt verbally on BOTH the Soviets and McCarthy.

There is a huge red light that goes off when a radical, close-minded partisan speaks or responds. They take whatever position that they are reacting to and spin it to the extreme of the opposition. A hardline conservative might respond to ANY questioning of unrestricted gun ownership by attacking you as a fascist, big government, intervening traitor to all that is American. The Liberal version will respond to your assertion that it SEEMS that towns and counties with lots of guns don’t have much gun CRIME with slurs against your humanity and assertions that you want 8 year olds to be able to buy weapons at Walmart.

As you can see neither one is actually able to defend their ideas creatively nor can they pick out any of your thoughts and logically critique it.

These sad souls are not my audience. I am not speaking to them other than in response to their questions. I am speaking to the majority that stand in a state of inaction due to the extreme left and right not allowing any real discourse or, God forbid, solutions.)

Ybarra maintains that, ultimately, parents and communities need to get involved and demand accountability from school boards, publishers and scholars on what goes into the materials being used to teach fresh, young minds.

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