Earlier this summer, CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) also called on the Florida Department of Education to reject the partnership between what CAIR calls “Islamophobic” Prager University and Florida schools, but they were ignored, just as they are being ignored in Oklahoma.
KOCO In a press release issued on Tuesday, Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters announced an ongoing partnership with PragerU Kids:
“I am thrilled to announce this partnership with PragerU,” State Superintendent Ryan Walters said in a news release. “This expansion of our available resources will help ensure high quality materials rich in American history and values will be available to our teachers and students. We will work together to find ways for PragerU to create content that will enrich the education of Oklahoma students.”
According to its website, PragerU promotes “American values through the creative use of educational videos” and “offers a free alternative to the dominant left-wing ideology in culture, media and education.” Some of the platform’s most popular five-minute videos include “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” and “Make Men Masculine Again.”
People can find programs on the presidents and historical American figures as well as the various offices within the U.S. government on PragerU Kids’ website. The programs also include lessons on how to create first responder friendship bracelets, how to handle getting pulled over by a law enforcement officer, how to read a paystub, how to be a victor and not a victim, embracing masculinity and how to be a rational patriot.
CAIR complains that PragerU lists a number of videos that promote Islamophobic tropes. One video features Ayann Hirsi Ali, women’s rights advocate and renowned author, is an ex-Muslim refugee from Somalia who experienced female genital mutilation and a forced child marriage to an older man, stated “we are at war with Islam,” and called for the closing of “all Muslim schools” in America. She urged that Islam be “defeated,” claimed “there is no moderate Islam” and suggested that the U.S. Constitution be amended to allow for discrimination against Muslims.
CAIR-Oklahoma Executive Director Adam Soltani said “Oklahoma can do better by its students than serving them hate content from PragerU.” Soltani accuses “PragerU’s founder of falsely claiming that swearing an oath on the Quran ‘undermines American civilization,’ and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”