Texas Teacher Instructs Students to Call 9/11 Hijackers "Freedom Fighters"

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According to an Advanced Placement World Geography teacher at a Texas high school, the 9/11 hijackers should be called "freedom fighters" and not "suicide bombers" or "terrorists.” The teacher also reportedly encouraged students to dress in Islamic clothing, say students who were in the class.

Per the New York Daily News, students at Lumberton High School were also reportedly told to stop referring to the Holocaust as genocide, but instead to use the term “ethnic cleansing.”

John Valastro, the superintendent of the Lumberton Independent School District, supports the teacher, saying she did absolutely nothing wrong. Valastro also said the teacher in question is a 32-year veteran who was following state teaching guidelines.

“What is more dangerous – fear and ignorance or education and understanding,” he asked. “From our standpoint, we are here to educate the kids.

 “I don’t think my freshman-level teacher was trying to politicize radical Islam or anything like that,” he said. “I don’t think our teacher my knowledge ever converted a single student to Islam.”

The Islamic lessons being taught in the small public high school have generated national attention and sparked outrage among parents of the students, especially after a photograph of four female students wearing burqas was posted on Facebook.

April LeBlanc’s 15-year-old daughter was one of the students in the photograph. She says that many parents in the district feel betrayed by school officials.

“My biggest thing is not the burqa,” she said. “That was the key to opening up the rest. It’s scary how far they dove into the Islamic faith. It’s scary what they taught my daughter. Who’s in charge of this? How did our superintendent let this slip through the cracks?”

LeBlanc said the students were told that they could no longer use the terms suicide bomber or terrorist. Instead, they were instructed to use the words “freedom fighters.”

“This teacher taught her that a freedom fighter is when they give their life for the Holy War – and that they’re going to go to heaven,” she said. “They were saturating these kids in Islam and my daughter is an American Christian child.”

State Sen. Dan Patrick also said he was "disturbed" by the photograph, adding that  he was looking into reports that students were told to write about a Washington Post article that blamed Egypt's turmoil on democracy rather than the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Parents are very sensitive to any issue that seems to be anti-American - that blames democracy for some sort of trouble in the world."

Source: New York Daily News