Archive for April 2nd, 2017
From the Department of education web page; Laws and Guidelines: What Is Not Part of the Department of Education’s Role? No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law. (Section 103[b], Public Law 96-88)
Thus, the Department does not
establish schools and colleges;
set requirements for enrollment and graduation;
determine state education standards; or
develop or implement testing to measure whether states are meeting their education standards.
Dump “Access Islam” from Public Schools
The United States Department of Education has introduced an Islamic indoctrination program for the public schools, called “Access Islam.”
The program contains 10 lesson plans that have students answering such questions as: “What do Muslim prayers sound like?” “What do the movements look like?” and “What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?” Classroom instructions have children learning the Five Pillars of Islam where students must “focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims” and are asked to “read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim.”
The Education Department offers no similar learning material for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any other major world religion. Just Islam. This petition demands that the U.S. Department of Education dump its “Access Islam” program and acknowledge that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The program, written for Grades 5 – 12, has students learning verses from the Quran and Hadith. Students must not only learn the verses, but give the religious “meaning” of those verses and explain how they use them in their daily lives.
The program also includes a video presentation on how to perform a Muslim prayer, use a prayer rug and wash prior to praying.
Students are also shown a video of a Muslim who converted from Christianity and claims Islam “is the true worship of God.” The video instructs children to “submit yourself” to Allah. “Access Islam” is promoted to teachers through PBS LearningMedia.
Students are assigned a project to “create posters about the Five Pillars of Islam for classroom display.” Doing so, the instructional material says, will “help educate their schoolmates about Islam.” “Access Islam” is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam and fails to meet any constitutional criteria for permissible education of religion in the public schools.
In addition to the examples above, students are told to, “Describe the process of praying in Islam” and “Understand the importance of the Quran in daily worship.” Clearly, none of these lesson plans, activities, questions or instructions would be permitted in the public schools if the subject was Christianity.
Public schools would never have students reading the Bible, asking them to interpret scripture, demanding they use biblical scripture in their daily lives, have them examine what Christians say during prayer or instruct them to understand the Christian proclamation of faith.
“Access Islam” is unconstitutional and should be dumped immediately by the U.S. Department of Education.
Christian Action Network has issued a legal “Letter of Demand” asking the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to remove the material from public school use and to declare the program a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight
President Trump is escalating his feud with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, with his $1 trillion infrastructure package hanging in the balance.
The conservative caucus is sure to play a role in the legislative fight over rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, something Trump promised to deliver during his campaign.
Massive federal spending on transportation has long given fiscal conservatives heartburn.
And Freedom Caucus lawmakers who support Trump’s infrastructure push may have to work extra hard now to convince fellow members to support the president’s proposal, especially after Trump stepped up his attacks on some lawmakers in the group this week.
But transportation leaders warn it would be a mistake to count out the support of the Freedom Caucus on infrastructure, assuming the measure is fully paid for with a palatable offset. Numerous members sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and some are even lead sponsors on infrastructure investment bills — including one related to tax reform that appears to be gaining steam.THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
President Trump Restores Confidence in the American Economy
President Trump meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
President Trump and the First Lady Host the Women’s Empowerment Panel
April 5th: President Trump welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House
April 6th: President Trump hosts President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago
April 17th: President Trump and the First Lady host the 139th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
- Marcovisited and spoke to Florida’s delegation at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.
- Marcospoke at the Atlantic Council on human rights abuses in Russia under Putin.
Watch Marco’s remarks here.
- During a Senate Appropriations committee hearing, Marcoasked Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza about the fight for freedom in Russia.
- Marcospoke on the Senate floor and urged his colleagues to support the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Watch his floor speech here.
- Marcochaired a Western Hemisphere subcommittee hearing on U.S.-Mexico relations.
- Marcomet with a Florida delegation from AIDSWatch.
- Marcomet with 4-H Club members from Florida.
- Marcomet with the Polk County Commission and their county manager in Washington to discuss federal issues impacting the region.
- Marcomet with Luis Florido, chair of the foreign relations committee in Venezuela’s National Assembly, to talk about human rights and free elections in Venezuela.
- Marcowelcomed Senate passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 353), which includes the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act he first introduced in 2015. The bill now heads back to the U.S. House of Representatives for further consideration. ” During the most recent hurricane season, we were again reminded of how imprecise our forecasting can be and the improvements we can still make to our storm tracking,” said Rubio. “Getting the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act passed will help families, business owners and others better prepare for approaching hurricanes, and reduce unnecessary disruptions to their lives. I encourage the House to swiftly pass this bill and send it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”
Marco in the news:
- Marco tells Haiti, other nations, to defend democracy in vote on Venezuela Read theMiami Herald story here.
- Marco discussed combatting the opioid epidemic in Florida and the OAS vote on Venezuela with Russell Rhodes onFOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay.
Watch Marco’s interview on FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay here.
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