Leo’s Coronation Tires – A Children’s Book for Belgian-Congolese Friendship!

If you want more information about the problems with this book, read this article from Atlanta Blackstar.

A friend on Facebook shared this article with this caption:

what could be the next installment in the series? “Trail of Smiles”?

I then suggested:

The Happy Rubber Gatherers of King Leopold’s Congo!

A friend of the original poster’s commented with additional details for the story. I thought that contribution worthy of publication on this blog! I wish I had been as clever.

King Leopold wanted new bicycle tires for his birthday – he loved to ride around his palace! Oh no! there was no rubber to be found in all of Belgium! But when his happy subjects in Congo heard this, they headed into the jungle to help the King have the best birthday ever! Follow the adventures of three companions, Bula Matari, Kurtz, and Mr. Native, as they learn lasting lessons about cooperation, depraved brutality, and the meaning of friendship.

Updated January 21, 2016

Relax, Christian Islamophobes! Just Because Jews, Christians & Muslims Worship the Same God Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Be Nasty to Each Other

I’ve previously blogged about parents in Georgia freaking out because their children learn in public schools some basic facts about Islam in their social studies classes. I’ve also written about how the Georgia Department of Education has apparently caved to these bigots’ demands to change the curriculum to preserve their ignorance.

The point which seems to bring about the most horror is that Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God. One of the Christian Right’s leading legal organizations, the American Center for Law and Justice, has already published two terrifying articles on its web site about the indoctrination of children into the religion of Islam. Continue reading

Updated: Walton County School District (Georgia) Resists Anti-Muslim Ignorance

Updated October 5, 2015: Georgia Department of Education accommodates the anti-Muslim bigots. This is a much more serious development.

Updated October 2, 2015: The original title of this blog entry was Walton County School District (Georgia) Enables Anti-Muslim Ignorance. After I sent, the letter below, I did receive a response in which the Supervisor of Schools wrote that no “opt-out” has been granted. A September 30 news report confirmed this. I also recommend the final chapter of Kent Greenawalt’s book Does God Belong in Public Schools?, which covers the question of a public school student opting out of curriculum material for religious reasons.

Here’s a letter I wrote to the Walton County School District Board of Education members urging them to reconsider allowing parents to have their children “opt-out” of social studies lessons that provide accurate information about Islam. I relied on a news report from Fox 10 Phoenix and WSB-TV in Atlanta. Continue reading