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Tennessee Republican uses 9/11 as reason to keep students ignorant of Islam

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A Tennessee lawmaker on Thursday called for the state to revise standards for teaching religion in public schools, suggesting that kids should be ignorant of Islam because of terrorist attacks.

“Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, our Nation was struck by tragedy,” state Rep. Andy Holt, a Republican, wrote in a blog post. “September 11, 2001 remains a date ingrained in the minds of every American, as well as, our friends and allies around the world. Forcing thousands to an early grave, Islamic extremists attacked the Twin Towers in New York City.”

Holt wrote the post after parents from across the state raised objections to their children learning about Islam in social studies classes. Seventh graders in Tennessee are required to learn about Islam in the Middle Ages under new standards for social studies adopted by the state Department of Education last year.

“Tennesseans have seen the radical side of Islam, and many have grown skeptical of this ‘peaceful religion,'” Holt continued. “As a result, it comes as no surprise that Tennessee parents & citizens are upset to learn that Tennessee students are being forced to spend upwards of three weeks learning about Islam in their local public schools. This ‘teaching’ also occurs while Tennessee students are simultaneously being told they cannot fly American flags and are being discouraged from praying while at school.”

Holt added that teaching children about Islamic history damaged their “cultural identity,” and lamented that they were not learning about the Ten Commandments.

“This is an insult to the men and women serving our country who have lost and risked their lives due to a war instigated by the teachings of Islam, and I will not stand for it,” he wrote.

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But Holt is wrong. Tennessee students learn about the Ten Commandments, Judaism and early Christianity in sixth grade, according to Nashville Public Radio. In the seventh grade, they also learn about the Catholic Church and Protestantism.

Public schools in Tennessee also teach students about other religions as well, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Shinto.

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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