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Friday, January 18, 2013

Lawmaker Denounces Federal Program Promoting Islamic Culture

By Rick Pearcey • January 18, 2013, 08:52 AM

Todd Starnes reports at Fox News:

A North Carolina congressman is denouncing the use of federal dollars to “promote the rich cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations.”

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) told Fox News that he was appalled by the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to fund the program through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant -- calling it “wasting taxpayer money.”

Jones was referring to the “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” program. The NEH program put dozens of books promoting the Islamic culture in more than 800 libraries in all 50 states. The program is funded by a $1.8 million grant. . . .

Craven Community College, in Jones’ district, was one of the institutions to receive the NEH grant.

Jerry Schill, chairman of the local Craven-Pamlico Christian Coalition, said, “In light of the government’s role in keeping God out of the public square and the obstacles that Christians face when it comes to prayer and the ability to publicly proclaim our faith, it just seems more than odd that the federal government will provide a package of ‘Muslim Journeys’ to a number of colleges nationwide.” 

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