The blog is a view of life, science, politics and education from an engineering perspective. As engineers, we are taught to view the world objectively. We can hope, believe and calculate a particular outcome, but natural laws are inflexible and pay no heed to who we are or what we believe. We must approach the objective dispassionately, while compensating for our own distorted perceptions. Balance is also a key element; balancing between the ideal and the pragmatic, balancing cost and functionality, balancing analysis with action, etc.
Scheduling routine critical self-analysis is the foundation to objectivity. If we do not fully understand and compensate for our own failures, tendencies, habits and skewed thought processes, we will not see the world as it is. Without a regular critical self-analysis we will see the world as we are and then fall prey to self-delusion.
Failure is a great teacher. When failure is coupled with perseverance, it produces the fruit of patience and humility. An engineer, fresh out of engineering school is typically set up for failure early and often. The failure breaks the new engineer of any ideas of self-importance, arrogance and book smarts. Only then can the new engineer be formed and molded into a productive element in the industry.
About 35 years ago, the separation clause took root in the US and most vestiges of religion were removed from anything with the appearance of being public. Most notably Zion Illinois, Antioch Illinois and Wauwatosa Wisconsin had to make change to the city seals, water towers, property and any stationary to remove religious symbols.
Back then it was the ACLU and liberal Democrats who were challenging the municipalities to remove religious symbols from public properties. Now it is the conservative Christians who are raising the issue; trying to remove religious funding from the public coffers.
The National Park Service is spending money to promote Islam. The Park Service reportedly hired a media person to visit the AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady, NY, to interview students about their experiences as Muslims in America.
After a great deal of talk about how Muslims feel discriminated against in the United States, a surprising anecdote makes its way into the video: Islam is very kind to women.
From the video:
"People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong – there’s equity… 7th century A.D. Islam gave women the right to be involved in politics, the right to earn and keep her own money. Islam gave women the right to work outside of the home, Islam gave women the right to own property, Islam gave women the right to divorce, Islam gave women the right to choose who she marries. Islam gave women a whole bunch of rights that Western women acquired later in the 19th and 20th centuries and we’ve had these rights since the 7th century A.D. and it’s just not acknowledged worldwide."
“Islam within itself, Islam itself means peace,” the government video states. “Islam brings nothing but peace if you truly look into it.”
According to the park’s website, the three-part series features children as they “discuss their experiences and challenges with negative Muslim stereotypes and assumptions.” And it shows American Muslim students blaming hatred against their faith on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Conservative Christian groups and Tea Party Groups are petitioning the government to stop the Park Service from promoting Islam.
But the National Park Service is not the only government agency that has received funding to promote Islam. NASA has also been tasked with promoting Islam.
"When I became the NASA administrator, Obama charged me with three things," NASA head Charles Bolden said in an interview with the Middle Eastern news network al-Jazeera. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; two, he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."
Obama appointed Egyptian-American scientist Ahmed Zewail as the first science envoy to the Middle East. Zewail argues that the U.S. can build better relations with the Muslim world by "harnessing the soft power of science in the service of diplomacy." The NASA initiative is part of that.
NASA had spent about $70,000 to fund an organization, ‘Islamic Study Group of GEWA’ in 2012 at the Goddard space center.
The mission of GEWA
“To provide a medium by which members can share, promote, and disseminate Islamic knowledge. This sponsoring organization will arrange social events and lectures to increase Islamic awareness and understanding within the membership and in the general Goddard community.”
The department of Education is also promoting Islam. Arne Duncan claims that a bias exists against Islam and a part of the task of the department of education is to overcome that bias through education. Part of the educational efforts includes distributing banners containing the 5 pillars of Islam.
Children in Wichita, Kan., returned to school for the 2013/2014 school year to find a giant wall display inside their children’s elementary school that was erected to promote the Five Pillars of Islam.
The display was reportedly part of a religion component being taught at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet School, a school district spokesperson told Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
“The bulletin board that originally caused the concern does represent the 5 Pillars of Islam — in a historical context of their studies,” the spokesperson said.
School officials said the study of Islam is part of their “Core Knowledge” magnet curriculum.
The curriculum, CSCOPE, is being used in 70 percent of K-12 public school classes. The "comprehensive, customized, user-friendly curriculum support system" was developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative.
But critics like Ginger Russell, a member of the tea party group, are finding that the program teaches that "Allah alone is the Creator" as fact, without any opposing viewpoint.
"They had a PowerPoint presentation on there on Islam, and it did say that -- that 'Allah is the Almighty God,'" Russell accounts. "It doesn't give any controversial view to it or disprove of that."
However, the bigger point is that CSCOPE is a pro-Islam program that is being funded and pushed by the department of education. It is intermingling church and state. In 1988 we lost a federal law suit and had to remove the words ‘Christmas’, ‘Easter’ and any other reference to Christianity from the public schools or curriculum. Now, Islamic symbols are found in the public school, promoted by the government and the ACLU is nowhere to be found.
In Minnesota, the ALCU had surfaced to file a lawsuit against the state’s department of education for using tax dollars to promote Islam.
The ACLU claims the school endorses the Muslim religion over other religions or nonsectarian approaches by sharing space with the Muslim American Society, promoting prayer and endorsing Muslim clothing rules and dietary practices.
"This is not a sectarian school that focuses on Middle Eastern culture," said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU's Minnesota chapter. "This is a pervasively Muslim school that teaches religion."
Charters are publicly funded schools that operate outside the traditional school district system. They must find a sponsor and get approval by the state education department.
The Minnesota Department of Education was named in the suit because it failed to oversee the goings-on at the school, Samuelson said.
"We're doing their job," he said. "We shouldn't have to be filing this lawsuit."
The department of education had created the Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education. Part of their task was to create a new pledge of allegiance for Islamic students.
The State Department is also in the act.
The U.S. State Department -- working through American embassies and consulates in Europe -- has been stepping-up its efforts to establish direct contacts with largely unassimilated Muslim immigrant communities in towns and cities across Europe.
U.S. State Department is now spending millions of dollars each year actively promoting Islam -- including Islamic Sharia law -- on the continent.
In Ireland, for example, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin recently sponsored a seminar ostensibly designed to help Muslim immigrants increase their influence within the Irish business and financial communities.
Ambassador William Eacho, an Obama campaign fundraiser turned political appointee, awarded the first prize to a group of students in the northern Austrian town of Steyr who produced a one-minute silent film promoting tolerance for Muslim women who wear Islamic face-covering veils such as burkas in public spaces.
The State Department created a salute to Islam. It's the only religion promoted on their website. Other religions don't merit the same treatment:
“Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States today. According to one recent survey, there are 1,209 mosques in America, well over half founded in the last 20 years. Between 17 and 30 percent of American Muslims are converts to the faith.
At the center of both traditional American life and the lives of the generally more recent Muslim immigrants is the family. As Shahed Amanullah, an engineer who lives in San Franciso, California, puts it, " American values are, by and large, very consistent with Islamic values, with a focus on family, faith, hard work, and an obligation to better self and society."
This booklet is a brief introduction to a complex subject, an attempt to explore in words and images the extraordinary range and richness of the way American Muslims live. That point of cross-cultural commonality -- the family -- is where we begin.”
- State Department brochure
In Minnesota, the ACLU is being consistent with its prior stance on the separation of church and state, but elsewhere the ACLU and ‘The People for the American Way’ have shown tremendous hypocrisy and are failing to take action over very blatant examples of the state sponsoring and promoting a religion.
It appears that the separation clause is dead; or it’s solely dependent on the religion being promoted.
The other obvious issue is that if the government is spending millions of dollars to promote relgion, it has too much money. Along with defunding ObamaCare, the house of representatives needs to defund proselytizing by the Federal government.
Over the weekend, Nancy Pelosi made the statement that the Federal government has been cut to the bone, there is nothing left to cut. I guaranty that I can find significant spending that could be cut.
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