Textbooks push the softer side of Islam

Textbooks are pushing a PC version of Islam, reports the American Textbook Council in a study of the most commonly used junior high and high school texts.  “Jihad,” commonly defined in the ’90s as “sacred” or “holy” struggle or “holy war,”  was a struggle “to do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil” in Houghton Mifflin’s junior high textbook. That wasn’t soft enough. By 2005, the company “apparently had removed jihad from its entire series of social studies textbooks,” the report finds.

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Gary Bauer complains that textbooks are “intentionally vague” about sharia law, “the Islamic code that can be used to subjugate women and deal death to wayward believers.”

Holt Rinehart Winston’s 2006 “Medieval to Early Modern Times” junior high textbook states simply, “[Sharia] sets rewards for good behavior and punishments for crimes.” Another popular history textbook states, “Muslim law requires that Muslim leaders offer religious toleration.”

Descriptions of Islam since 9/11 are particularly disturbing. Though Islamic extremism has become a fact of life throughout much of the world, most of the reviewed textbooks suggest instead that poverty, ignorance, and the existence of Israel are at the root of terrorism.

Christianity doesn’t get such sensitive treatment, Bauer writes.

One book describes the Crusades as “religious wars launched against Muslims by European Christians.” But when Muslims attacked Christians and took their land, the process is referred to as “building” an empire.

Via Contentions.

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  1. Americans, obviously, need to be protected from their own baser instincts. Textbook publishers requirer the approval of that invisible class of our “betters”, so that we all know what to think, and how to speak in the approved of manner. If we don’t have these folks telling us the appropriate things to “know” then, my goodness, we may form unhealthy opinions based on experience and reality.

  2. The Arab Muslim culture is a culture still stuck in the Middle Ages, that happens to have access to 21st Century technology. There, I said it.

    They’re still upset about the Crusades, for goodness sakes. Time to get over it and move on! The Christians and Mulsims were both barbaric in those days. The difference is, the ‘Christian world’ moved on, while the ‘Muslim world’ did not.

    I would grant exemption to Turkey of my earlier statement, but even there, the Turkish government is in a great struggle to retain the moderninity of its culture.

    I do think, that just like the Christian, Jewish, and cultures of the Far East (Buddishm, Confucionism, etc.) have all moved on into the modern world, so too will the Muslim culture eventually. The problem is, though, until then we can continue to expect more medieval acts using modern weapons.

  3. I’ve long thought that jihad and crusade were synonyms, except that when used in a religious context one refers to Islam and the other to Christianity. Generally when either is capitalized, it refers to some sort of crime against humanity. In lower case it can mean any struggle or undertaking that someone happens to believe righteous.

  4. SuperSub says:

    And this is why I haven’t used a textbook in the past 4 years.
    If you have your own materials, the local BOCES has a printing service where they’ll print out and bind your notes for you, making a textbook authored by you.

  5. Ponderosa says:

    With Fox News and right-wing radio regularly highlighting the negatives of Islam, I don’t feel so bad that the textbooks try to accentuate the positive (where else are they going to hear it?) In general, my students come to me with a prejudice against Islam. Still, it does sound like a more balanced account is called for.

    I’m happy (and surprised) that our textbooks don’t shy away from mentioning the dark side of Christianity: the brutal crusades; the repeated pogroms against Jews; Catholic Spain’s “cleansing” of its Jews and Muslims; the myriad forms of corruption in the medieval Catholic Church; the long, devastating sectarian wars in the wake of the Reformation… Kids who think that only Muslims get fanatical and kill in the name of religion should hear this stuff. Unfortunately, the textbooks say little about the barbaric parts of the Bible (e.g. you should kill disrespectful children) or about its myriad contradictions that make “just following the Bible” way more complicated than these kids’ slick ministers make it seem.

  6. Every religion, every culture, every nation on Earth that has ever been has gone through its dark phase. I’m glad that Christianity’s darker days aren’t hidden from the history books either. Though I’ve never known any World History books that did so, personally.

    I like to know the full history of everything, “warts and all” (as Winston Churchill used to say).

    What bothers me is when there is absolute refusal to admit that a religion, culture, or nation is going through its dark phase right *now*…

  7. Ponderosa wrote:

    > With Fox News and right-wing radio regularly highlighting the negatives of Islam, I don’t feel so bad that the textbooks try to accentuate the positive

    I know what you mean. I hate it when people think of the diamondback rattlesnake as nothing but a venomous reptile and a threat when it’s so much more then that….

    But the controversy about this textbook isn’t in its content but in who it’s aimed at and that’s not kids. You Ponderosa, and Golobulus, are the intended audience and customer base for this book because like parents with babies, it’s you who make the buying decision not the baby. Or in this case, the kids.

    If mommy likes the flavor of the baby food it gets the nod even if it isn’t the best thing for baby. Mommy’s convinced and mommy’s got the money. If the administrators or school board members or noisier teachers want to put on display their high-mindedness, the sophistication that puts them above the ignorant lowing of the common herd then these sorts of textbooks are one means of exhibiting that elevation.

    Those in the decision-making position are free to please themselves and indulge their conceits because they are the buyers and that’s who the book is aimed at.

    As to presenting a balanced view you might want to consider that the time to hold forth on the importance of the rattlesnake to the balance of nature isn’t immediately after someone’s been bitten by a rattlesnake.

  8. Frak!

    You Ponderosa, and Golobulus, are the intended audience and customer base for this book because like parents with babies *when it comes to deciding which baby food to buy*, it’s you who make the buying decision not the baby. Or in this case, the kids.

  9. “…“warts and all” (as Winston Churchill used to say).”

    FWIW, the phrase is originally attributed to Oliver Cromwell.

  10. Do any of you realize that the word “love” is not mentioned once in the Quran (Koran)? Hmmmmm…. think that says a lot about the culture of Islam. And nowhere in the Bible are husbands told to lop off their wife’s head, stone a daughter to death, or generally kill an enemy. As you recall, we Christians are told to love our enemies…

  11. I seem to recall learning in high school that “The Crusades” were launched to take the Holy Land back from the muslims – – after they had engaged in jihad to take it. Am I wrong??

  12. Lockestep says:

    Ponderosa said “I’m happy (and surprised) that our textbooks don’t shy away from mentioning the dark side of Christianity”

    Do those textbooks detail the dark side of the Muslim religion? Of course not. Yet you are happy about the imbalance. It is not your place to bring your own personal prejudice into the classroom, yet you appear to revel in the opportunity (“slick ministers”; your unhappiness over textbooks not pointing out barbaric behavior in the Bible).
    That you do not know you are beyond your remit is more than just clear evidence of your lack of qualification to teach children. It is an indictment of the poor public educational system in the United States.

  13. Excellent post.

    As George Archibald wrote in The Washington Times a couple of years back:

    “Publishers acknowledge having buckled since the early 1980s to so-called multicultural ‘bias guidelines’ demanded by interest groups and elected state boards of education that require censorship of textbook content to accommodate feminist, homosexual and racial demands.”

    But it isn’t a case of dhimmitude per se, as I blogged in my post “What do Osama and hot dogs have in common?”:

    The textbook companies take the path of least resistance, responding to the squeakiest wheels. As FOXNews reported at the time:

    “A textbook review process taking place in states across the country has changed or eliminated references to everything from the Founding Fathers to hot dogs, leaving many to charge educators with distorting history in the name of political correctness . . .

    “The Founding Fathers, for instance, are now referred to as “The Framers,” in an apparent effort to make them sound less male-dominant, [while] many textbooks will no longer feature pictures of hot dogs, sodas, cakes, butter and other kinds of food that are not considered nutritious . . .

    “The changes, which reflect a wide range of political correctness, have been brought about by pressure groups on both sides of the political aisle, as both Democratic and Republican legislators have been lobbied.”

  14. Richard Aubrey says:

    What was the most common religion in North Africa before Islam? In the Holy Land? Turkey?
    Sounds like a crusade that succeeded.

  15. Islam as it is currently taught and practiced is incompatible with other religions. But more important, it is also incompatible with other forms of government. There is no separation of mosque and state. As Islam becomes stronger in a state, it is inevitably in a state of war with that state.

    All of the “tolerance” Islam professes occurs after a state is subjected and unbelievers become second class citizens.

  16. RightWingRN says:

    Ponderosa,

    I wonder if you would include the fact that the 1st crusade was actually a defensive war in response to the Muslim invasion of Europe? An invasion that carried over 1 million people back to the arab world as slaves?
    The Christian church is not a perfect organization by any standard. But don’t blame the religion itseld when it was the imperfect and/or corrupt politicians masquerading as churchmen that ignored their own doctrines.
    Political correctness is cowardice in a nice suit. The muslim world does not want peace as we define but as the Quran defines it: muslims rule the world, everyone else is dead or a slave.

  17. Wow, a teacher who is happy that the textbook they use soft-sells the islamic jihadist that threaten the western world TODAY, and hard sells Christian abuses of human rights that happened over a thousand years ago!
    Whodathunk! Let me take one guess who’s Obumpersticker you have on your Volkswagen Beetle.

  18. Whoever is making our policy on relations with the Taliban and Wahabists should be forced to take a course on Islamic eschatology. Their singular aim is to establish a caliphate on earth based on Sharia law, to make way for the great Mahdi and the end times, which will include death for all non-believers. There are no alternatives, no room for negotiations, their way or no way. Any agreements or pacts or promises they make will be made only to reduce pressure on themselves and will be absolutely worthless. To the Islamists, like the Communists and other hard Left groups, lies are the truth when they will suit their purpose.

  19. ken in sc says:

    It’s not just the textbooks. Before I retired, I had an instructional coach who snuck around and eavesdropped outside classroom doors to see if teachers were saying things that might be politically incorrect—about Muslims and other subjects. He especially wanted to make that no one said that Islam was spread by the sword. I was a suspect because I sometimes used examples from the Bible—also not PC. Being in South Carolina, most of my students were familiar with biblical events and places. For example, I pointed out that the book of Philippians was written to people who lived in a town named after Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great. I think it helped them remember the material. I taught 6th grade world history.

  20. Ponderosa says:

    Touche, Richard. Islam sure is pretty rotten, conquering all those Christian areas in North Africa (though Arabs tolerated practice of other religions, unlike the European Crusaders). Why don’t we just come out and say it, Islam is evil, and Christianity is God’s chosen religion –or if not, at least the more civilized of the two? Why beat around the bush?

  21. Tournefort says:

    “I’m happy (and surprised) that our textbooks don’t shy away from mentioning the dark side of Christianity”

    Why are you surprised? You managed to give 5 examples of the “dark side” of Christianity without any problem. Did you research the history of Christianity on your own or did you learn about its “dark side” through “textbooks”? I did, a long time ago.

    … but you “don’t feel so bad that textbooks try to “accentuate the positive” about Islam?

    What you did NOT mention were any examples of the “dark side” of Islamic history. You cited Spain’s cleansing of Muslims WITHOUT mentioning that it took place because Muslims FIRST INVADED Spain in an attempt to spread Islam to the Iberian peninsula and into the rest of Europe.

    Why is that? Do you think there is no “dark side” to Islam? Have textbooks not discussed it in their attempts to “accentuate the positive” side to Islam?

    If you are a history teacher, here’s a perfect opportunity for you to tie the PAST to the PRESENT: After 500 years, Bin Laden and friends still want Spain back. (“Andalus” fefers to Muslim-ruled Spain. Southern Spain is still called “Andalucia”.)

    “Osama bin Laden: “All in all, we request of Allah … that the umma should regain its honor and prestige, should raise again the unique flag of Allah on all stolen Islamic land, from Palestine to Andalus.”

    “Ayman al-Zawahiri: “The return of Andalus to Muslim hands is a duty for the umma in general and for you [North Africans] in particular.”

  22. “With Fox News and right-wing radio regularly highlighting the negatives of Islam, I don’t feel so bad that the textbooks try to accentuate the positive (where else are they going to hear it?)”

    Because we all know that Fox News and right-wing radio are the only media voices.

    Oops, a dispatch from Earth: the total audience size of Fox News is less than 1% of the American population. And schoolkids aren’t listening to talk radio in any noticeable numbers.

    I agree with Ponderosa’s last comment … it is long past time to openly state that Christianity is more civilized.

  23. RetiredE9 says:

    Speaking of books, the UN Arab Human Development Report 2003 http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/regionalreports/arabstates/arab_states_2003_en.pdf tells us more books are translated into Spanish in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last thousand years.

    Sounds like someone is stuck in the 7th century…

  24. “I don’t feel so bad that the textbooks try to accentuate the positive (where else are they going to hear it?)”

    Only everywhere. To ignore jihad and sharia is to ignore the central tenants of this oppressive political ideology called Islam.

  25. If some of the common current-day practices of Islam, such as the subjugation of women, the death penalty for non-violent transgressions, the policy of death to outsiders, were perpetrated by a secular authority they would be universally condemned.

    Why are we willing to overlook obvious violations of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights when a religion is involved, but not otherwise?

    The difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity no longer condones is earlier, brutal practices. Christianity has modernized, Islam has not (and shows little inclination to modernization for the future).

    At some point, you have to give up your distress over earlier injustices. Just about all European countries, for example, have been invaded and sacked many times in the past. Should the English still be upset over the bombing of London? Should Ethiopians still be mad at Italians? At some point (and the Crusades are well past this point), you just have to let it go.

  26. “(though Arabs tolerated practice of other religions, unlike the European Crusaders)”

    Get back to me when you’ve built a new church in Saudi Arabia. Or just successfully worn a cross or carried a Bible into the country. Thanks in advance. Don’t forget about the jizyah. Sure, they tolerated “people of the book” as second class citizens. Take a tour through the dumpster cities of Egypt if you want to see how well Christians are treated in Arab countries.

    The only type of person that could try to pass off Islam as tolerant is either ignorant or a liar practicing taqqiyah.

  27. Yes Ponderosa, I know what you mean. Nine hundred years ago those horrible Christians were just as horrible as their Muslim counterparts. And five hundred years ago they were killing each other in wars of religion just as readily as their Muslim counterparts. And thirty, twenty, ten, and one year ago they….um….er… Nine hundred years ago the Christians were just as horrible as their Muslim counterparts.

    Ponderosa, you are a self-deceiving fool.

  28. JaimeRoberto says:

    I’m ok with defining jihad as a struggle as long as we mention that kampf also means struggle, and we know where the last kampf got us.

  29. They’re still upset about the Crusades, for goodness sakes.

    Yeah? And Jews are a little tweaked about the Holocaust, but as courageous Wafa Sultan pointed out, you don’t see them running around blowing up German restaurants.

    Oh, and note that one is called “courageous” whenever one speaks out against the barbarism that is Islam. When one speaks out against the evidence-free belief in god that is Judaism or Christianity (I’m critical of any evidence-free belief) one is merely called wrong or rude by Jews and Christians, who will likely argue with you, but not approach you with while wearing a bomb vest.

  30. “Jihad,” commonly defined in the ’90s as “sacred” or “holy” struggle or “holy war,” was a struggle “to do one’s best to resist temptation and overcome evil” in Houghton Mifflin’s junior high textbook.

    THIs is a lie. According Rice University religious studies professor David Cook – whose “Understanding Jihad” is an invaluable corrective – ALL five largest schools of Islamic jurisprudence understand “Jihad” as war against the Infidel.

    This is not a long book, but it uses primary sources to make its case.

  31. Ponderosa
    If you are going to lie about Islam , be honest about it . I will hazard a guess that you don’t know what jizya really means or dhimmitude . If you are an American , read about the origins of the Barbary Wars . Oh yeah , google taqqiyah .

  32. Joshua D. says:

    Don’t forget it took Vlad Dracula to scare the Muslims back to Turkey using human bodies speared on pikes. And it was only 10 years or so before they returned and used the greed of the Romanian and Hungarian nobility and the fear of the E.O. clergy to get him killed.

  33. “… The difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity no longer condones is earlier, brutal practices. Christianity has modernized, Islam has not (and shows little inclination to modernization for the future)…”

    Islam is the only religion that hasn’t joined the modern world. The rest have, whether Western (Christianity, Judaism) or Eastern (Buddhism, Confuscionism, etc.)

    There’s an old Star Trek joke…

    A man and his son are watching Star Trek on TV. The son asks, “Dad, why aren’t there any Muslims on the USS Enterprise?”

    The father replies, “Well, son, you see, Star Trek takes place in the *future*…”

  34. Michael Lonie says:

    JaimeRoberto,
    One of the most popular and best selling foreign books translated into Arabic is “Mein Kampf”. A new edition comes out every couple of years. In Arabic you suffix an -i to a noun to indicate the pronoun “my”. The Arabic translation of the title “Mein Kampf” is “Jihadi”.

  35. Ponderosa says:

    Christians,

    Would Jesus talk about Muslims in the hateful way that some here do?

    Do you really think God is going to condemn all Muslims to hell? How is a Muslim child realistically supposed to escape from this religion?

    To those who speak confidently as if Western Civilization is superior to all others, I hope you’re right. But…do you really KNOW for sure that it is? I mean, have you really STUDIED other civilizations? Can any one of us say he really “gets” the ins and outs, the pros and cons, of a complex, alien civilization? Isn’t it possible that,say, Islamic civilization has a few genuine virtues (e.g. it seems even more family-oriented and anti-sleaze than mainstream US culture)? And that our civilization has a few shortcomings?

    Have you ever reflected that perhaps some Muslims are as absolutely certain that YOU are a “rattlesnake” as you are that THEY are rattlesnakes?

    I’m no fan of Islam, but I’m no fan of hate-mongering either.

  36. Richard Aubrey says:

    Anybody here think Ponderosa is ignorant?
    Not me.
    He knows better and he knows he’s misleading the students.
    It’s obvious in his response to my comment about the religion in North Africa and the Holy Land and Turkey.
    Point is, as is clear, if the Crusades were a Very Bad Thing, why isn’t the conquest of those regions a Very Bad Thing?
    Simple. As Graham Greene said, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend [speaking of his favoring the USSR] and my enemy is Ronald Reagan.”
    For Ponderosa and his kind, the enemy is the US, run by a bunch of fundy rednecks.
    So Islam can do no wrong except when they do, see the Crusades.

  37. How is a Muslim child realistically supposed to escape from this religion?

    When you consider that the penalty for apostasy in Islam is death, and that this penalty is delivered by family for the “dishonor” of having an apostate in it?

    Obviously, the only way to make the West safe for the ex-Muslims is for the Muslims to go back to the dar al Islam.  This has the welcome effect of making all the other non-Muslims a lot safer too.

    To those who speak confidently as if Western Civilization is superior to all others, I hope you’re right. But…do you really KNOW for sure that it is?

    We’re not comparing Western Civ to all others, we’re comparing it to Islam.

    Western Civ isn’t going to kill me for being an atheist.  You can’t say that about anything Islamic.  So yes, in a very personal way, Western Civ is vastly superior to Islam.

    BTW, I congratulate you on your expert playing of advocatus diaboli.  You gave yourself away when you admitted “Christianity is the more civilized of the two”, but almost nobody got it.

  38. This is yet another great example of how the eduction system in the U.S. needs to be given a course correction. And I don’t think its going to ome from within either. That’s why I am in favor of de-coupling education from the government. Let the people vote with their feet (or their wallets). It won’t answer all the issues but we need to change something before its too late.

  39. The last Crusade happened about 800 years ago. The last suicide bomber?

    The textbooks are probably being thoroughly vetted by CAIR.

    “Sharia] sets rewards for good behavior and punishments for crimes.” The footnote probably says, “the reward is, we don’t kill you; the punishment is, we do.” And “crimes” are legion – just about anything they decide is a crime.

    RetiredE9: “more books are translated into Spanish in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last thousand years.”

    Well, Sarge, it’s like this: you only got one book, you don’t need no bookshelf. I wouldn’t be surprised if more books were translated into Swahili than into Arabic.

    Now let’s move on the the number of books written in Arabic.

    Ponderosa: “Arabs tolerated practice of other religions, unlike the European Crusaders …”

    There was a brief time, in Spain, when Islam lived with Christianity. One of the best minds of the time, Maimonides, was a Jew, and physician to Saladin. But still, we note that “He is widely respected in Spain and a statue of him was erected in Córdoba by the only synagogue in that city which escaped destruction, …”

    “Would Jesus talk about Muslims in the hateful way that some here do?” You’re putting up a smoke screen. And you’re playing with the word “hateful”. Show us one sentence (above) that shows hate towards either Muslims or Islam. I’ve read through it fairly carefully, and all I see are statements of fact, and opinions based on those statements of fact.

    “To those who speak confidently as if Western Civilization is superior to all others, I hope you’re right. But…do you really KNOW for sure that it is? I mean, have you really STUDIED other civilizations?”

    You may hope we’re right; we know we are. And that’s not just boastful arrogance. Western Civilization grew out of ancient Greece and Rome. I believe that the only suitable comparison would be China – but as a united country, they only go back to about 220 BC (Emperor Qin, of the Terra Cotta Warriors). Since then, China brought to the world the Great Revolution, killing several million people.

    If you have an example of another civilization we might be compared with, I would certainly be happy to read it. (Let’s not consider those early advocates of open-heart surgery, the Aztecs.)

    All told, the PC textbooks show a form of taqiyya. We have also heard many times of Imams preaching in English, a message of moderation and tolerance; then in the next hour, in Arabic, to their congregation, a message of violent jihad against “the infidel”.

    You can learn a lot by checking out MEMRI. They show programs from Middle East TV, with translations in English.

    What they do speaks so loudly we cannot hear what they’re saying.

  40. “Isn’t it possible that,say, Islamic civilization has a few genuine virtues (e.g. it seems even more family-oriented and anti-sleaze than mainstream US culture)? And that our civilization has a few shortcomings?”

    Family oriented? Sure if you mean that the patriarch of the family can kill his daughters or wives for being seen in public with any man other than her own family.

    If you mean that women are pure subjects of the same men, and have no rights at all under Sharia law, unless other men will come forward and vouch for them.

    Anti-sleaze? Because there are no prostitutes, drugs, crime, or violence in muslim culture. Entirely Peaceful!

    Given the cult of death worship that is Sharia, I will take western civilization every time. Maybe western civilization does not conform to everyone’s ideal of utopia. At least I won’t get a wall pushed on me if I was a homosexual (just another of those virtues of sharia).

    Western civ at the very least affords everyone the opportunity to pursue life in their own way. It surely is the worst form of civilization around, except for all the others.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Gee, Ponderosa, is the West superior? Western women have rights – no forced circumsision, access to education, jobs and travel without male family member permission, a separation of church and state that has allowed for a vastly superior standard of living (where would Saudi Arabia, et al, be without oil? Probably featured in “Feed the Children” infomercials). A criminal justice system that does not stone or cut off extremities for minor violations of law? Free practice of religion or no religion? Science, Art, Music Literature? Is this enough?

  42. Let’s see, who does Arab Islam get along with?

    Along the borders of the Arab Muslim world, they’re attempting genocide of black Christians in North Africa; threatening Europe; they’ve attacked Russia, China, India; obviously, Israel; and attacked the U.S. Yep, they get along swell with everyone!

    I think they’re the only culture/religion on the planet that’s managed to make everyone else angry with them at the same time.

    Does anyone else think we’d have relative peace on Earth, be exploring the solar system in person, and have colonies on the Moon and Mars* right now if the rest of the planet didn’t have to deal with the Arab Muslims?

    *Remember the Muslims’ burning of the Library of Alexandria? Historians think it took us several hundred years to re-learn some of the knowledge lost that day… So if that had never happened, our technology would be a few hundred years ahead of where it is now! Depressing, I know…

  43. Richard Aubrey says:

    Say what you like, Roshi, and others.
    Ponderosa can laugh. He has the kids.

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Not my kid who is at a private Christian school.

  45. Richard Aubrey says:

    Elizabeth.
    Yeah. Good for you. Unfortunately….

  46. Richard Aubrey,
    You are correct:

    Richard Aubrey Apr 27th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Say what you like, Roshi, and others.
    Ponderosa can laugh. He has the kids.

    And we need to take them back. By force of arms. We need to say ENOUGH in a voice loud enough that others hear us. And this is only ONE front in the ongoing war against barbarism. We’ll need to break a few eggs, and see a few good eggs broken, because people (a) have already been indoctrinated, quite thoroughly (somewhat correctly) in the “War is hell” attitude; and (b) people are sheep, and want to get back to eating their grass and sleeping in the pasture. And we are running out of well-intentioned Wolves, as there is no purpose to protecting the flock when they’ll turn on you anyway…

    (Idea from a gun story, where some of the flock found that they could arm themselves with the claws and teeth of wolves to defend the flock. Those who armed themselves were summarily executed by the Farmer when he found the dead wolves.)

    “I am His Majesty’s dog at Queue;
    Pray tell me, Sir, Whose dog are you?”