Press Release 10.5.15
Nashville, Tennessee) - October 5, 2015 - Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), an international organization based in Tennessee, is calling on Governor Bill Haslam, the State Legislature and the Tennessee Department of Education to launch a full and thorough investigation into history, geography and social studies curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials that were adopted by the Tennessee Textbook Commission in 2013.
This call came in response to the growing protest of parents, school board members and county commissioners from across the state. The evidence shows that many of the textbooks and instructional materials are in direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as well as a newly adopted Tennessee state law (Public Chapter No. 981) that went into effect on January 1, 2015.
Ms. Cardoza-Moore stated "many of these textbooks and instructional materials not only violate the U.S. and Tennessee State Constitutions, but they are also replete with historical inaccuracies, biases and values that do not reflect our communities across the state." Upon closer review, Ms. Cardoza-Moore found that one of the leading textbook publishers in the state, Pearson, also has connections with individuals, organizations and rogue state governments that have ties to terrorist groups. Pearson Publishers, a British-based company, is also charged with implementing the controversial Common Core State Standards in Tennessee and across the U.S.
Last month, a non-profit law firm filed a record's request to review the curriculum and instructional materials being used in 7th grade classes across the state on behalf of parents. In response, the attorney for the Tennessee School Board Association, Chuck Cagle, is attempting to block that request, stating that the organization is not based in Tennessee and it may be too costly to fulfill the requested action.
Last year, Ms. Cardoza-Moore contacted state legislators to request the Attorney General's opinion to determine whether the textbooks currently being used by the Local Educational Authorities (LEAs) are historically inaccurate and/or are in direct violation of the recent law and also whether they violate our U.S. and state constitutions.
In November of 2013, the Tennessee Textbook Commission knowingly adopted textbooks and instructional materials in which many experts, parents and citizens found over 700 instances of historical inaccuracies, biases and disinformation, including, anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-Judeo/Christian, pro-Marxist and pro-Islamic narrative. "I would also like to know if the Tennessee Textbook Commission violated their fiduciary responsibility by knowingly adopting these historically inaccurate textbooks," states Cardoza-Moore, "This puts our local school districts and county commissions at risk of a potential lawsuit because the textbooks and instructional materials do not comply with the new state law and clearly violate the U.S. and state constitutions by favoring the establishment of Islam over all other religions."
Even more troubling is the approval of instructional materials that appear to have been published by a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The front group was designated in 2007 by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorist fundraising operation in the history of the United States. The trial uncovered a relationship between the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), individual CAIR founders, and an organization called the Palestine Committee. Evidence was also introduced during the trial that linked the Palestine Committee and Hamas, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 1995. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) designated CAIR as a terrorist organization last year.
These instructional materials came to light when parents from two school districts in Tennessee contacted PJTN regarding a PowerPoint being used in their child's 7th grade classroom teaching about the religion of Islam. Included in the presentation are multiple misleading statements including the glorification of jihad against infidels as a reason why many easily convert to Islam. It also includes the Shahada, the Muslim prayer of faith, and mentions nothing about the historically negative aspects and actions of the religion, including the 9/11 attacks.
"Such materials expose a subtle and subversive campaign going on throughout this state and across this nation to rewrite history and promote values that threaten our Republic and undermine our own state laws," stated Cardoza-Moore. She further noted, "This type of blatant anti-Semitic, anti-Judeo/Christian and anti-American disinformation has no place in our public discourse and it certainly should not be taught to our future leaders. We have been told by some educators that we want our children to be able to think critically, but then undermine that goal by providing biased information that is historically inaccurate."
In April 2013, PJTN launched a state-wide effort in Tennessee to remove a Pearson published Human Geography textbook from a Williamson County school that promoted anti-Semitic views and a moral equivalence between Arab/Palestinian terrorism and the Israeli government. As a result of those efforts, PJTN has mobilized almost 10,000 parents and citizens nationwide to join this critical initiative and Laurie has been invited to speak in over 30 counties in Tennessee and ten cities across the U.S.
Further, Ms. Cardoza-Moore stated, "We are launching a nationwide effort to remove this type of biased curriculum from our elementary, junior and senior high schools. I want to encourage parents to review their children's history and geography textbooks and handouts and hold their teachers and school faculty accountable to provide accurate and unbiased curriculum for their students."
Ms. Cardoza-Moore is now calling on Governor Haslam and the Tennessee state legislature to implement stricter laws regarding the selection of curriculum, textbooks and instructional materials. She further added that "we do not pay taxes for our Tennessee Textbook Commission members to approve historically inaccurate and biased curriculum, or that are produced by terrorist front groups like CAIR."
Media Contact for Laurie Cardoza-Moore:
International Sr. Media Advisor -
Avi Hyman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Monaghan - U.S./Christian Media Advisor
(615) 646-5990 - Direct.