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Rep. Walter Jones Objects To Craven Community College’s New Books On Muslim Culture

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U.S. Rep Walter Jones, R - N.C., says the National Endowment for the Humanities grant is biased against Christianity.

U.S. Rep Walter Jones, R – N.C., says the National Endowment for the Humanities grant is biased against Christianity.

Rep. Walter Jones Objects To Craven Community College’s New Books On Muslim Culture

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is speaking out against a local community college’s purchase of 25 books on Islam and Muslim culture, saying a federal grant used to acquire the titles wastes taxpayer money and is biased against the Christian faith, according to the New York Daily News.

Craven Community College in New Bern is one of 842 libraries to receive the grant “intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities, which administers it. Jones claims, regardless of intent, that buying the books was a waste of taxpayer money.

In a statement on his website, Jones rails against the material saying, “It is appalling to me that a federal agency like NEH is wasting taxpayer money on programs like this. It makes zero sense for the U.S. government to borrow money from China in order to promote the culture of Islamic civilizations.”

 

In an interview with local news affiliate WITN, Jones said, “I’d rather see the $150 million spent to remodel schools in Craven County or build schools in the Craven community.”

 

$150 million is actually the NEH’s entire budget, according to Annoyed Librarian, a blogger who writes for the Library Journal. The estimated retail value of the collection is $627.

Jones asked the college’s board of trustees to “give equal exposure to books about Christianity and America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage” if it is to accept the grant’s material. Jones made it easy for the college, securing a commitment from the Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition, which will donate 25 books on these topics in a proposed ceremony of equal scale to the ceremony that usually accompanies the NEH’s introduction of Bridging Cultures.

“I want to treat it fairly and I think too many times the Christian faith is not treated fairly. If they want to have book about the Muslim’s faith, let’s have equal number of books about Judeo-Christian [sic],” he said.

The Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition is a conservative political organization founded by Pat Robertson in 1989. Its mission is to speak out against gay marriage and protest anti-Christian bigotry while defending the rights of people of faith, according to its website.

 

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  1. The issue here is not the faith but the fact that government funding is being used to promote one faith over another. If Christianity was the faith at issue, the ACLU and AU would be launching many many lawsuits at them and you would not hear a squeek from this site.

  2. The acquisition of 25 books for an entire campus about the largest religion in the world will almost match the number of books about Christianity those students were forced to read in NC’s public schools-the ENTIRE BIBLE is taught from 6th grade through 9th and later all across North Carolina. Zilch is taught about Islam… Zero Muslim poetry and song translations compared to teaching Christian hymns/symphony productions/musicals from kindergarten… It’s called enrichment. That state put me-an atheist by virtue of parents who said to decide for myself what I believe-through ridiculous attempts at indoctrination, Bible taught as fact with actual factual evolution thankfully saved once I got into a good high school–the other public schools around me were teaching Christian redneckonomics in every field while I extracted, spliced and sequenced DNA… Sorry the idea of CHRISTIAN humanities-unless you wish to whitewash all religious material from classic lit in which case it’s okay-but all religion or NO religion, author-irregardless, which will it be?

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