Bob Stover, the executive editor of Florida Today, uncovered something that many Floridians will find troubling. Stover writes this in his piece critical of Rep. Ritch Workman’s (R-Melbourne) position on voucher expansion:
To appreciate the Islamic connection, you have to remember that before this school year started, Workman put on his crusader armor and complained loudly to the school board about the contents of a high school world history textbook. He said the book had a pro-Islamic bias.
“Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not history being revised for our own failure or desire to not offend one culture or another,” he said.
Our article detailing that exchange with the school board said Workman “also expressed concern about how historic events are portrayed and what phrases are used. He said the textbook reads Jesus proclaims himself to be the Messiah but declares Muhammad becomes a prophet.”
I checked the Private School Review website Friday. It shows there are at least a dozen Islamic private schools in Florida.
And, according to the Florida Department of Education’s website, several of those Islamic schools are participating in the tax-supported scholarship program that Workman wanted to expand. As private schools, they’ll teach what they darn well please, I imagine. And thanks to Workman and others supporting the tax credit program, they’ll get a little state support.
But Floridians aren’t supposed to have concerns about such things as they’ve been lectured to by the state’s top school choice publication that Islamaphobia or anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in school choice debates. And anti-public school zealots like this guy, Workman, consistently out-do themselves in their own hypocrisy.