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HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING – AT 9:10 A.M. ET:  But it is, right here in our country.  And it's happening in Texas.  We tend to believe that political correctness is centered around places like New York and San Francisco, but the left has penetrated into every section of the nation, and has its tentacles wrapped around school systems, textbook publishers, and, of course, the media.  From Fox: 

An Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school who encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing also instructed them to refer to the 9-11 hijackers not as terrorists – but as “freedom fighters,” according to students who were in the class.

Students at Lumberton High School were also told to stop referring to the Holocaust as Genocide – instead they were told to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”

John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, told Fox News that the teacher did absolutely nothing wrong.

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.”

Valastro said the teacher involved is a 32-year veteran who was simply following state teaching guidelines.
“I don’t think my freshman-level teacher was trying to politicize radical Islam or anything like that,” he told Fox News. “I don’t think our teacher has..to my knowledge ever converted a single student to Islam.”

The Islamic lessons in the small public high school generated national attention after a photograph of four female students wearing burqas surfaced on Facebook.

April LeBlanc’s 15-year-old daughter was one of the students in the photograph. She told Fox News that many parents in the district feel betrayed by school officials.

“My biggest thing is not the burqa,” she said. “That was the key to opening up the rest. It’s scary how far they dove into the Islamic faith. It’s scary what they taught my daughter. Who’s in charge of this? How did our superintendent let this slip through the cracks?”

LeBlanc said the students were told that they could no longer use the terms suicide bomber or terrorist. Instead, they were instructed to use the words “freedom fighters.”

“This teacher taught her that a freedom fighter is when they give their life for the Holy War – and that they’re going to go to heaven,” she told Fox News. “They were saturating these kids in Islam and my daughter is an American Christian child.”

Madelyn LeBlanc told Fox News that it was clear her teacher was very uncomfortable lecturing the students.
“I do have a lot of sympathy for her,” the 15-year-old said. “At the very beginning she said she didn’t want to teach it but it was in the curriculum.”

Her mother added that it was her impression that the teacher did not agree with the quote about calling the terrorists freedom fighters and laced her lecture with sarcasm.

During a lesson on Judaism, LeBlanc said the teacher told the class, “Students, I’m supposed to be politically correct and tell you that the Holocaust was not Genocide. It was an ethnic cleansing.”

COMMENT:  I get the sense that the principal is the culprit here.  The teacher clearly is uncomfortable with what she's supposed to teach.  If she were simply following state guidelines, this would be a scandal all over Texas. 

But, school by school, standards are indeed falling to the demands of the left and "multiculturalists."  (Have you ever noticed the number of "multiculturalists" who respect every culture but our own?)  Our side has been pathetic in fighting back.  Too many conservatives only notice what's happened after the damage is done, and often are afraid to speak up for fear of sounding "backward."  It's the other side that's backward.  They call themselves "progressive," but they really want to regress back to the 1960s.

February 27, 2013