‘Muslim book’ book fair story takes new turn
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DEAR EDITOR:

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.

Laura Armstrong

west Cobb

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lovingmomhappykids
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November 27, 2013
I do not even have to leave a comment, your conspiracy theory itself shows the world what kind of a nut job you are. First off Scholastic is a Book PUBLISHER, not the writer. And yes maybe someone put in an old map and the scholastic company failed to note it. It may have even been appropriate if the story had been set during the time when it was not a country. Never read the book so I do not know.

I suggest you read the following article by an atheist agency with a very similar complaint only this time it is CHRISTIAN books at a book fair. Scholastic's Christian books FAR outnumber its Islamic books.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/09/16/how-did-these-christian-books-end-up-in-a-public-elementary-schools-book-fair/

Just in case you would like to look over a few to feed your conspiracy, (according to your thinking they will be full of Islamic teaching) Here is some of the ones available on Amazon. In a recent trip to a Scholasic warehouse sale the Christian books were 100 to one to books with even the slightest Islamic cultural influence(IE one character had a Muslim Name.) GET REAL,

Instead of wasting your time making up conspiracy theories, Get your butt to a food bank and help some hungry families. DO SOME REAL GOOD instead of HATE MONGERING. Jesus taught love, does it not seem ironic you are teaching your children HATE In his name.
thereishelpforyou
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November 29, 2013
Gee whiz, lovingmomhappykids. You have a rampant case of 'diarrhea of the mouth.' You are so far off in your statements they're not worth addressing. You clearly didn't read Laura's words or your comprehensive reading skills are weak. I do have a bit of advice, though. Do your 'happy kids' a great service and get yourself to an elementary grammar class. I'm sure they're offered somewhere for adults and then your kids won't be ashamed when they read all of your grammatical errors and misspelled words.
happymomlovinkids
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November 30, 2013
I have to agree, Laura Armstrong IS a nut job.
Dr. Teresa
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November 24, 2013
Laura, Keep up the good work! You are right and your voice is so needed. A book with a Christian as the main character and Christian religious symbols would not be allowed at a public school book fair. If a Christian book is not allowed why should other religions be allowed?
anonymous
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November 22, 2013
Update: Another Scholastic book, "Barack Obama" by Jane Sutcliff, is being scrutinized on the "Moms Against Duncan MAD" Facebook page because it rewrites history, claiming white people were against Obama because of his race, that he pushed the race issue to bring people together and his pastor, Rev. Wright, is a good guy. This book is being used under the Common Core curriculum, but truly...someone needs to check for a connection between Scholastic and William Ayers (the domestic terrorist/bomber who now controls teacher textbooks/college curriculum). Ayers is quoted as saying "education is the key" to furthering his radical communist views and recently admitted in his own book that he wrote "Dreams of My Father" for Obama).
Too funny
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November 20, 2013
Oh. My. Goodness. If this piece doesn't epitomize right-wing conspiracy-theory paranoia then I don't know what does.
Kevin Foley
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November 18, 2013
I couldn't wait to see what the "pro-Muslim" book was all about. Perhaps it was a jihadist call to arms or a text on how to build bombs!!!

Imagine my surprise when I discovered a picture book with this description:

"The Thea Sisters have been invited to Egypt to participate in a fabumouse archeological excavation. They are helping to look for the legendary ancient Treasure of the Sun! A precious blue stone scarab may be the key to their search, and they work enthusiastically to uncover the past. But they also discover that thieves are after the hidden treasure. It's up to the Thea Sisters to stop them!"

Wow, I can see why you and your Muslim-bashing pals would be so offended, Laura! "Fabumouse" is obviously a conspiracy to warp kids' minds!

Good lord, don't you have anything better to do?
Laura Armstrong
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November 19, 2013
Erasing the country of Israel off the map might seem like nothing to you and your like-minded leftists, especially since you all support Obama's less than benign neglect of our longtime ally. Netanyahu knows what Obama is and dislikes him intensely. The question is, how do so many Jewish Americans continue to support the man who turns his back on Israel and increases aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and like terrorists every time you turn around?
Kevin Foley
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November 20, 2013
Laura, how you can go from a silly picture book for 7-year-olds about mice looking for treasure to Obama turning his back on Israel is a remarkable leap of logic.

Keep up the good work.
Laura Armstrong
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November 20, 2013
Pretty condescending here, Kevin. I especially love the insulting, "Good Lord, don't you have anything better to do?"

Unlike some journalists in this country, I enjoy following up on certain stories that intrigue me. This MDJ story became controversial enough to garner over 139 comments online, some of them obviously from people outside our own community (i.e. national muslim types and their pr machine). This has nothing to do with a mouse, in fact, I don't really care about the content of the book because I still believe in the Constitution and people's right to publish anything. However, this is about the stealth placement -- in U.S. textbooks and other books around the world -- of propaganda...financed by middle east oil money, Islamic terror networks and those who would like to bring down our country and institute sharia around the world. If you believe it's all some conspiracy theory, I feel sorry for you. But why be afraid of a little dialogue about it? For those realists who do hear the rantings of Muslim leaders around the world and see evidence that they're serious about what they say, your point of view is one of complete denial.

I have all kinds of better things to do, but I want America to be still here when my children grow up and I DO NOT want my son and daughters having to go to the hellholes of the world to fight radical Islam the way their father has had to. Maybe it's more real for some of us than for others, Kev. You just keep up your fixation on GWBush and don't worry 'bout it, ok?
bullypulpit
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November 22, 2013
Laura, Foley owes you an apology, but don't hold your breath. He really is rude and condescending, especially to women. I sincerely hope he isn't married as I can only imagine how demeaning he is. I'm wondering when the MDJ will wake up and realize there are other liberals who could lend their views without the bully factor involved. Foley's tired act has grown to be ineffective and quasi laughable. He's a broken record and thinks all conservatives get their information from Fox News and can't stand that they're a valid news source. He would be ripped to shreds by Bill O'Reilly.

Thank you for your passion for our country and children. You can bet I'll be watching Scholastic like a hawk.
national controversy
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November 18, 2013
Parents are beginning to wake up to what is happening with their children’s’ textbooks, and how they have become vehicles for the spread of Islam. The Daily Caller reported Nov. 5 that “on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, some 200 or more local parents and activists have announced plans to show up at Tuesday’s Volusia County school board meeting to protest the public school use of a world history textbook that devotes a whole chapter to Islam but exactly zero chapters to any other religions.”

This is a mosqueing of the public school.
anonymous
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November 17, 2013
Barack Obama refuses to take phone calls from the president of Israel and now the U.S. military is going to train Libyan rebels with ties to al Quaeda. These facts make me believe anything is possible as long as this president is in office and as long as liberals refuse to understand the war we are in.
1 plus 0 equals 2?
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November 17, 2013
Laura,using a book company changing a map view in one of their books to try to keep Muslim books out of our book fairs is despicable. That is true right wing thinking, find any scintilla of evidence that somewhat appears to back your view and turn around and say imply there is proof although you mask it in questions. In your letter you went from Scholastic "erased" (your words) a map in one of it's well know childrens books to "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?" How do you connect the two? Laura, isn't there some responsibility that you have some additional evidence before you charge a business and all the people who work there support propaganda and radicals? I think you and your tea part friends need to stop making rediculous charges and start acting responsible for a change. And this hate of Muslims, Other minorities, Gays, Libs etc has got to change or your support will go lower than it already has.

Laura Armstrong
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November 17, 2013
You did not read my letter carefully. I never said the book should not be in the book fair, not once. If you cannot see how the two factoids you mention might be connected, then you are also one who cannot figure out how Major Nidal Hassan should have been drummed out of the Army before shooting dozens of people. That would be an analogy, whether you recognize it or not.

You are so upset about fake instances of Islamophobia but ignore real, official, state sponsored and mosque aponsored hatred of the Jews and repeated public vows (and real actions taken) to destroy Israel. You cannot omit that hate when accusing me of hate when all I want to do is point out various facts associated with the story. Notice how I did say that Scholastic admitted their "mistake." But lately, it's worth watching to see if other "mistakes" occur. You are so determined to paint me with the "right wing" label, but do you really know my position on all issues? Doubtful. I reject being placed in the "right wing" category AND the issue is NOT me, but the controversy. So why don't we concentrate on the issues and not on your version of who I might be. Finally, your assertion that I hate minorities and gays and then you throw "libs" in there, as if "lib" is NOT a political philosophy but a skin color....sorry, I reject that too. Liberalism is more a disease that can be cured. I am not looking for any "support" but simply communicating more relevent facts in a local story which garnered a whopping 139 comments on the MDJonline page.
Chef Boyardee
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November 17, 2013
This is about propaganda, not Ms. Armstrong or the Tea Party, which concerns itself with primarily fiscal policies in the U.S.

Look, when the kids book about Obama came out painting him the BE ALL AND END ALL savior of America, who could part the seas and cure global warming, I wanted to toss my cookies. That was propaganda. Thanks to liberal Alinskyites and terrorists like William Ayers and muslim clerics who share the philosophy that if they can't turn the parents against western ideals they will soften the children towards their political leanings(it's a long war) we KNOW pro-Islam propaganda, funded by middle east money, flows and even Marvel comics are including burqua'd women as superheroes and formerly non-political venues are being targeted. As I said, it's a long war. They've got the textbook companies with multiple pages on Islam and barely a sentence on Christianity. That's just the beginning.
anonymous
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November 18, 2013
It's called "right" wing for a reason. Look it up - oh wait, you probably can't. So, here is the definition when the word is used as an adjective - "morally good, justified, acceptable". So, I suppose since you are not for the "right" - you must be for the wrong.
Muslims rising
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November 17, 2013
By the time the apathetic parents wake up, the media decides to be honest, another president is elected, well, it will be too late to put the genie back in the bottle. The damage will be done. There is already an unrelenting war going on against Christianity and what, frankly, is a little amusing, is that the very folks who fight so against it, and seem to love Islam don't get the fact that it ain't the Christians who want to kill you.
Hank Moody
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November 18, 2013
From Rush Limbaugh's mouth to God's ears.
Guido Sarducci
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November 19, 2013
Hank Moody, you have a knack for making incredibly stupid statements. This one is no different.
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