A recent controversy regarding the Scholastic Book Fair offering of a pro-Muslim book that was unknowingly purchased by a Cobb elementary school child generated dozens of passionate comments on the MDJ website. Many MDJ readers commented that the child’s father, who complained to Cobb school officials that the book constituted propaganda, was out of line, bigoted, narrow-minded, etc.
Now it comes to light that Scholastic, the Pennsylvania-based company that is also the largest publisher and distributor of kids’ books, has erased the country of Israel from a prominently featured map in one of its well-known children’s titles, “Geronimo Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt.”
Is it just a coincidence that Scholastic seems to have joined the 96 percent of radicalized Palestinian school books and Muslim clerics that will not and do not recognize the state of Israel?
Has Scholastic taken sides in the ages old conflict between Muslim and Jews in the Middle East? They say it’s a mistake and that they will pull the books, but how many others are out there, subtly touting the beauty of Islam or diminishing the truth that Israel has a right to exist?
The best propaganda is the kind you cannot prove, subtle yet dangerously misleading. It’s something to think about.