By Danette Clark
In one of the most conservative states in the nation, the Louisiana Department of Education has risked it all by going all-in on the far left and dangerous global agenda of the Common Core State Standards.
As shown in this Grade 5 Year-at-a-Glance ELA Curriculum Sample, the Louisiana DOE recommends a disturbing and grossly false history of Christopher Columbus, a video titled A Declaration of INTERdependence, and a lesson on pluralism from Eboo Patel, a former Obama ‘faith’ advisor who recently compared Pat Robertson to Osama Bin Laden and Christian and Jewish “totalitarians” to Al Qaeda terrorists.
Like President Obama, Patel also has history with domestic terrorist William Ayers.
During the 2004-2005 school year, Patel stayed as a guest in residence in the same hall as Bill Ayers and his wife at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Patel also co-authored a book in 2005 with Bill Ayers’ adopted son, Chesa Boudin.
The book, Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, was authored by several young radicals including Ismail Khalidi. Ismail is the son of Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor with ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, who describes Israel as a “racist” state with an “apartheid” system.
The Preface of Letters from Young Activists was written by Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn (also once wanted by the FBI for terrorism), who describes Letters as “a clarion call of hope, defiance, critical analysis, humor, irony, and self-conscious insistence that the queer, the Palestinian, the immigrant, the privileged, the children of prisoners and hip-hopsters have arrived.”
The back cover of the book boasts an endorsement from Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer and former member of the Black Panther Party. On the Acknowledgments page is a great big thank you to Bill Ayers himself for “guidance” and “encouragement”.
Patel and Ayers’ son appeared together on radio and at Chicago’s Seminary Co-op Bookstore in 2005 to promote the release of their book.
In a later book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul, Eboo Patel thanks Ayers for suggesting there may be a story worth telling floating around in his head.
He further writes that he “searched for models of people who had tried to block the machinery of American imperialism,” at which point, he says, a “campus radical” suggested Patel talk with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
During a 2007 NPR interview promoting the release of Acts of Faith, Patel, a Chicago native, was asked about his affinity for “the American terrorist, Bill Ayers, who is a member of the Weather Underground.” Patel responded: “Well, you know, actually my story is much closer to Bill Ayers as in the early days than it is to any of these Muslim terrorists, even though I’m Muslim, because I actually grew up in the same hometown that Bill Ayers did and I was kind of taught the same myths about America, a land of freedom and equality and justice, et cetera, et cetera.”
The essay by Patel recommended by the Louisiana Department of Education, We Are Each Other’s Business, is completely harmless on its face. However, knowing of Patel’s associations and political and social views on America, you have to wonder about the underlying message and intent of the lesson as a whole. After all, Patel, Ayers, and many of their marxist-progressive friends have a long history of attacking Christianity and American values in the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘religious freedom’.
Although none of Patel’s writings are specifically recommended by the Common Core State Standards, Patel’s beliefs fit perfectly with the agenda at the heart of Common Core — an agenda hostile to Christians, Jews, and America, and conceived in the minds of terrorists.
Is this what conservative-Christian Governor Bobby Jindal had in mind for Louisiana’s children? If not, perhaps it’s time Jindal take a closer look at his State Superintendent of Education, John White, who, as head of Teach for America Chicago, likely worked closely with Eboo Patel through his organization, Interfaith Youth Core.