Organization fighting “radical Islam” targets Florida’s public school textbooks for bias.

Can advocates of Islam indoctrinate children in American schools? Patriots United thinks so.

FORT LAUDERDALE – The organization calls itself Citizens for National Security, a name that might concur images of an earlier era, perhaps the 1950s, when fears about the possibility of a takeover by the Soviet Union and life under a Communist dictatorship kept the United States firmly in the arms race.
Today, the Soviet Union is long gone, Russia is now a capitalist system, and CFNS has nothing to do with the fears of Communism.
In fact, the threat that Soviet domination seemed to pose in the decades after the second world war seem tame compared to the far more dangerous threat the United States faces today, said Dr. William Saxton, chairman of CFNS. And as part of his efforts to protect America’s freedom and system of democracy, he’s joined forces with a grassroots effort called Patriots United, a Tea Party organization taking aim at the textbooks being taught in Florida’s public schools.
“We have a situation where the kids will come to accept this,” said Sheri Krass, founder of Patriots United. “Kids don’t know reason. They want to get a good grade, so it’s up to their teacher to point out the falsehoods in these textbooks. But how many teachers know about Islam? Right now this is a statewide effort, but we have to go nationwide. We’re going to have to cross the borders into the other states. These publishers are all over the United States.”
CFNS, a nonprofit tax-exempt public organization, and Patriots United have formed an alliance movement called Textbook Action Team. It follows what Saxton says is 14 months of research by CFNS into the K-12 textbooks being taught in some Florida schools, which they insist is biased in favor of Islam, and against traditional Christian or Jewish values.
But the larger issue that Saxton and Krass are concerned about is whether there is a concerted, organized effort to take over the United States and impose a theocratic dictatorship over this nation. They’re convinced that’s the case, and the United States needs to wake up to the threat.
“Islam is the only religion that’s broken up into three categories – the religious category, and two other factions, a military faction and the political faction,” Krass said. “No other religion is like that, where it’s broken up into three groups. What we’re fighting, basically, is not the Islamic religion. They’re pretty moderate and we have no problem with them. It’s the other two factions we have a problem with. Piece by piece, they have been indoctrinating our children by giving them falsehoods.”
“I think we’re fighting an uphill battle,” Saxton said. “They’ve been at it much longer than we have, since 1700 A.D. We’ve been trying to play catch up. I used the textbook as an example. Their insidious bias in textbooks has existed for years. If it wasn’t for our organization, it would have gone on for another — who knows how many years.”
CFNS was founded about two years ago, Saxton said, by “people such as myself who are involved in intelligence and national security – that’s our day jobs. We started this because it was our feeling that this was the last line of defense. The people we think are ultimately going to save our country from radical Islam and radical ideologies will be common citizens.”
Their target, he said, is “those who are out to change our way of life. We founded this to deal with threats from Islamic extremists and other ideologies as well that promote radical Islam. They have loomed as the greatest threat as we speak. It is absolutely, in my view, the greatest threat to our way of life.”
Saxton traces this effort to the Islamic transnational movement and largest political organization in many Arab states, the Society of the Muslim Brothers, which has the slogan “Islam is the solution.”
“Radical Islam started in this country with the Muslim Brotherhood in 1962,” he said. “We have researched ways they have gotten into our community. The fourth phase of their infiltration is radicalism in the United States. It is a huge issue now. They have stealth ways of getting into our hearts and minds, and textbooks happens to be one of them. Well before 9-11 (the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.) they were at it through their various organizations, all of which are spinoffs or outgrowths of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The majority of TAT members, Saxton said, are parents and grandparents who want to ensure that Florida’s children get taught accurate information. CFNS examined Florida’s K-12 history and geography textbooks approved by the Florida Department of Education and concluded that some of the information in it is slanted toward Islam. Now TAT is appealing to county school districts, local school boards, and state lawmakers to remove these textbooks and purchase ones that are balanced regarding Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
“The publishers are in it for the money,” Saxton said. “That’s what they do. They’re in it to make money.”
Krass said she formed Patriots United “for Tea Party people to get contact information, which has basically been my focus.” It led to the formation of TAT, she said, after Saxton’s organization presented her with their findings about Florida’s textbooks.
“That is the state network that I organized,” Krass said of TAT. “We’re focusing on the faulty textbooks found by Citizens For National Security that promote pro-Islamic, anti-Christian values. As soon as I learned about the Islamic bias in these textbooks, I said ‘We’ve got to work on this.’ “
Krass, who lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, said she thinks publishers write these textbooks because they face pressure from pro-Islamic lobby groups.
“I think they’re succumbing to a lot of pressure,” she said. “They’re just becoming too pressured. They’re trying to get it in the textbooks to make sure there is no anti-Muslim bias, but they’re going beyond that. It’s one thing to say Islam is a good religion because they teach this, that and the other thing. It’s another thing to say it’s a better religion than Christianity. We have no problem with Islam. I personally think kids should learn about Islam. But they should learn the truth, all sides.”
The misinformation, she said, is based on an imbalanced view of Islam over Christianity.
“Basically it’s more or less where they’re saying that the Muslim religion is truth, but the Jewish religion and Christianity are not,” Krass said. “They specifically will say ‘Islam is a revelation, and Jews and Christians believe this.’ They downgrade Christianity and upgrade Islam. It’s these kinds of statements interspersed throughout our textbooks, but the kids read it and they accept it. They can’t sell it to the grownups, but they can sell it to the youths.”
Indoctrinating young minds, she said, “would be a very slow process, but it could happen. You start with a kid who has learned that Islam has been persecuted for a long term. We’re not anti-Islamic, we’re anti-falsehood. Our protest is truth in education. We want kids to learn the truth, and there’s a lot of problems with omissions on Christianity.”

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Wholistic sex educator helps couples, individuals deal with sexuality in the Internet age.

Sheri Winston used to deliver babies for a living. Now she teaches the adults to understand and appreciate their own sexuality.

ORLANDO – Sheri Winston can remember the days when sex was a taboo subject and nobody was supposed to be talking about it. But even back then – in the 1950s and 1960s, when she was growing up – Winston fully understood that silence of the issue didn’t mean avoidance.
“I grew up in the ancient days,” she said. “I grew up BC – Before Computers. But I still found copies of Playboy in my father’s room.”
These days, Winston is quick to note, kids don’t need to sneak into Dad’s bedroom and check the sock drawer for a hidden adult magazine. With the simple click of a mouse, the world of sexuality is readily accessible to any age mature enough to know how to turn on a computer and surf the Internet.
“Let’s be real about teenagers,” Winston said. “Whatever it was your parents thought you were into, you were probably into more. That’s how powerful sex is. It’s the number two driver on the planet. The number one urge is personal survival.”
And for any parent worried that the Internet makes sexual images and content too easy for kids to find, Winston said she has a ready solution: unlike when she was growing up, be prepared to talk to your kids frankly, and honestly, and openly about the subject. Because chances are, she said, kids are already several steps ahead of you.
“Pornography (online) is something we all have to think about now because kids are going to find it,” Winston said. “You can put on parental controls, but they’re still going to find it.”
That’s why parents should talk to their teens before they begin looking for that kind of information on their own, she said.
“The more skills we give them, the better they’re going to do,” Winston said.
Winston has some experience in this field. Unlike the days when she was growing up and sex was an off-limits topic, today Winston spends her days as a wholistic sexuality teacher, answering the questions that couples and individuals bring to her about the problems they’re having in relationships, or keeping their sex life healthy — subjects they’re curious about but have been too uncomfortable to bring up. There isn’t much she hasn’t heard yet, Winston said, but there are plenty of people who have told her the exact opposite.
“One of our challenges in our culture is we don’t have a good understanding of human sexuality,” Winston said. “This is not just about sex, this is not just about pleasure, this is about your health.”
The native of Hudson Valley, N.Y., was in Orlando on Tuesday at the Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique at 1810 N. Orange Ave., for a program called “Ask the Sex Teacher Anything.” It attracted a full house.
“There’s a lot of new faces here that I’ve never seen before, so I’m happy to see that,” said Stacey Murphy, who operates the boutique along with her husband, Sean Ramsay.
Murphy said she’s taken Winston’s classes and found that “She is a wonderful teacher. We are very happy to be a part of this.”
Winston noted that she’s also a licensed massage therapist and is certified to teach child birth education.
“I did retire from birthing babies about 12 years ago,” she said. “Now I travel around and I teach classes about sex. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. I teach classes on female anatomy, and classes for teens and adults as well.”
Talking about sex is healthy, Winston said, in part because the nature of sexuality has changed so much with the widespread availability of the Internet. She understood, for example, that her own son could find out anything he wanted from the Internet, so she decided to be proactive about that.
“He didn’t want to talk to his mom about this stuff, so I just gave him books,” she said. “I would put books in his room when he was 12 or 13. Usually kids are ready before we think they’re ready. I wanted to give him the information so his curiosity was not the driving force.”
But even if it was just adults who were surfing the Web, Winston said the easy availability of pornographic images has become a challenge for some couples. It’s also forced couples to confront issues they may not be ready for if one of the partners discovers a special type of pornography and can’t stop thinking about it.
“Some of the videos show people being sexual in a loving and romantic way, and some of them show people being sexual in a violent or degrading way,” she said. “To me, sex is meaningful. The people in those videos seem to be interested in body parts, and there’s more to sex than body parts.”
Sex is also more complicated today, she said, as people live longer and want to maintain active sex lives.
Men coping with performance issues should keep in mind that this is “perfectly normal,” Winston said. “It’s important to understand our sexuality is going to change in the same way other things change as we get older.”
Another difference from when she was a young adult, Winston said, is that today we’re a heavily medicated society – and many of those medications can influence a person’s sexual performance.
“Medication is a big issue,” she said. “So many people are on anti-depressants today.”
That’s why she offers the classes – to help people who are struggling with different issues dealing with their sexuality.
“Come to the class, and if you don’t learn anything you didn’t already know, I will refund your money,” she said.

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Pink Divas come together to learn poise, etiquette.

Carlarta P. Baskin, regional director of the Pink Wish Foundations, Inc., welcomes young girls to the Pink Wish Divas and Dolls Party.

ORLANDO – The young faces light up with excitement as Ardre A. Orie introduces them to books, pictures, and other things that share one link: their color.
That color is pink. And pink, as Orie is quick to note, is the color of empowerment.
“Pink is positive,” she said as she finished reading the book “Pinkalicious” to the young girls gathered on the third floor of the Orlando Public Library. “One of the things we teach our young ladies is that pink is positive, and you need a positive attitude.”
That attitude, Orie noted, is the first step toward teaching etiquette, poise and social graces to the young faces that turned out to spend their Saturday afternoon with her.
Then again, Orie is the founder of an academy that seeks to empower young girls to discover, as Orie noted, that “a little charisma can go a long way.”
“Here in Orlando, this is our official kickoff for the Academy,” said Carlarta P. Baskin, regional director of the Pink Wish Foundation Inc., whose motto is “Empowering Youth to Dream, Believe and Achieve.”
“This is our first launch of the actual academy,” Baskin said. “This is the first event, and then we have a second event planned for next month, a Zumba fitness class. It’s going to be fun.”
Orie, who holds degrees in special education and educational leadership, has spent the past eight year working in Florida’s public schools as a teacher and administrator. She also worked in daycare centers for three years teaching etiquette – a task that helped serve as the inspiration for the Pink Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls and women through etioquette instruction, academic excellence community outreach, and economic empowerment.
“Ardre is basically in education and has been for several years,” Baskin said. “When she began teaching etiquette to her students, she realized that this was something that needed to be taught.”
Saturday’s event was the Pink Wish Divas and Dolls Party, an opportunity for woman and girls of all ages to get together and learn poise and grace – not to mention strategies for maintaining high self-esteem.
“We’re very excited to have you here and to be here in Orlando,” Baskin told the young girls and mothers who crowded into the library’s meeting room. “We do have a wonderful time for you planned here.”
This program, Orie noted, is designed to serve young girls in grades Kindergarten through 12. It aims to enrich the lives of young girls who are living without a father in their lives. The Pink Wish Academy exposes them to a variety of techniques to communicate and interact in all professional and social settings.
“One of the reasons we established the Pink Wish Foundation is we realized there is a need for etiquette and instruction,” Orie said. “We want you women to be empowered. We believe if we give the tools to young ladies, then they are on a path to success. What a great thing it would be if we could share etiquette on a continuing basis.”
Girls brought up by a divorced or never married mother score lower than children raised in two parent households, the foundation notes, citing studies by Tom Luster and Hariette Pipe McAdoo, authors of “Factors Related to the Achievement and Adjustment of Young African American Children” (1994).
“One of our goals,” Orie said, “is to economically empower anyone who comes into contact with Pink Wish. We try to educate the mother as well. Most importantly, we have fun. What young lady doesn’t want a good time?”
Orie had a box full of colorful pictures, and asked the mothers and daughters alike to pick out one that best matched their personality. Mom Sherri Daniels chose a chocolate brown picture because “I love chocolate, because no matter how bad your day goes, chocolate will make it right.”
Mom Antoinette Brown chose a pink colored picture.
“I love pink and I would truly love to have a pink personality,” she said.
Anybody can have a pink personality, Orie said, and it starts with learning to express yourself.
“It makes it easier to communicate with people when you know a little bit about them,” she said.
To learn more about the Pink Wish Foundation, call 407-373-3265.

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