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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