Islam is presented positively — and inaccurately — in U.S. textbooks, charges a report by ACT! for America Education. It’s more “indoctrination than education,” says Brigitte Gabriel, the group’s president.
The report provides happy-think quotes from textbooks:
“The Quran granted women spiritual and social equality with men.”
ACT! responds: The Quran does not grant “social equality” to women. “Muslim women cannot divorce except in limited circumstance—men can divorce at any time for any reason—and the testimony of one man equals that of two women in legal proceedings.”
“In Medina, Muhammad…fashioned an agreement that joined his own people with the Arabs and Jews…These groups accepted Muhammad as a political leader.”
Response: The Jews did not accept Muhammad as a leader. He “expelled two of the Jewish tribes and destroyed the third, beheading the men and selling the women and children into slavery.”
“Shari’a law requires Muslim leaders to extend religious tolerance to Christians and Jews.”
Response: “Shari’a law imposes a litany of burdens and restrictions on Christians and Jews, both in their daily lives and in the practice of their religions.”
“In the early eighth century, Islam became popular in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent.”
Response: Islam spread through conquest.
In addition, textbooks spend many pages on European slave traders, ignoring the role of Islamic slave traders, the report charges.
Textbook writers hate controversy. I’m sure they accentuate the positive when writing about any religion — but not to this extent.