Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Friends of Sabeel, CAIR, and Middle East Studies Profs. Join Forces

My latest at the Campus Watch blog:
Friends of Sabeel, the anti-Israel organization that disingenuously bills itself as the savior of Palestinian Christians, has once again reared its ugly head. Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA) will be holding its regional conference, "From Occupation to Liberation: Voices We Need To Hear," in Pasadena, California on February 15-16 and, as usual, those voices include Middle East studies academics.

As Campus Watch noted last year, FOSNA's 2007 regional conference featured the highly politicized UC Berkeley Near Eastern studies lecturer Hatem Bazian and University of San Francisco politics and international studies professor Stephen
Zunes
. This time around, University of California, Los Angeles history professor Gabriel Piterberg and professor and director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at Chicago's North Park University, the Rev. Donald Wagner, are doing the honors. And neither is remotely balanced in his perspective on the Middle East.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Cal State University-Sacramento Prof. Ayad Al-Qazzaz: Promoting Islam in Our Schools

I have a new Campus Watch article up at Frontpage Magazine today on Cal State-University Sacramento professor Ayad Al-Qazzaz. His involvement with a controversial textbook currently being used in California's public middle schools is raising eyebrows. Read on:
Public school children in grades K-12 are being assigned textbooks that misrepresent and, in some cases, glorify Islamic beliefs and history – often at the expense of other religions and cultures. The apologetics and indoctrination common in university Middle East studies programs is being carried into public schools by contentious, ahistorical, and inaccurate textbooks written by those same Middle East studies professors.

History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, a textbook published by the Teachers' Curriculum Institute, was removed from the Scottsdale, Arizona school district in 2005 for this very reason. The textbook is now causing controversy in California and at the center of the storm is Cal State University-Sacramento sociology professor Ayad Al-Qazzaz.
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