TO THE EDITOR:
Some public school seventh-graders in California are taught a three-week course on Islam.
The course, which uses the California textbook History of Cultures, includes the tenets of Islam. Pupils study the important figures of the faith, wear a robe, adopt a Muslim name and stage their own jihad. Where is the ACLU? If Christianity were taught like this in public schools we'd hear about it from the ACLU.
Also, I recently read a quote from Omar M. Ahmad, chairman of the Council on American Islamic relations, who said Muslims should not assimilate into American society. "If you choose to live here," he said, "you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
Gary Beasley, City
Published in the Daily Oklahoman, January 20, 2002