Christian Zionists Support Holocaust Education
We won a major victory in Florida This Week Thanks To The State Elected Officials and Outspoken Activists
We know most Jews support Holocaust Education. Groups like the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem Young Leadership lead the calls for engaging education in all areas where it makes an impact.
We have scored a major victory in Florida this week. An obviously anti-Semitic Florida high school principal, who said he couldn’t mandate Holocaust education, because “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened” has been fired. Principal William Latson, of Spanish River Community High School in Palm Beach County, was removed from his position. In addition, a statement was made about Holocaust education, “The School Board of Palm Beach County is, and always has been, committed to teaching all students, in every grade level, a historically accurate Holocaust curriculum; one which leaves no room for erroneous revisions of fact or the scourge of anti-Semitism.”
Was Holocaust denial bound to happen? Yes. Sooner, rather than later. When I taught in a public school district in Queens, NY, very little other than Anne Frank was ever mentioned in a teacher’s school curriculum guide. The administration in my school felt it was more important to teach that Pharoah/Ramses was one of Black History Month’s greatest leaders, and nearby a principal stated that a white, male, Jewish teacher was hurting little black children. Jewish holiday celebrations like Sukkot and Shavuot were not important, and Jewish students and staff would be ostracized for not attending classes. And, throughout New York public schools, multiple reports were made about the “Jewish money” remarks. These days, Linda Sarsour has close ties with Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and Teacher’s Union head, Randi Weingarten.
In December 2015, I contacted two New York Assemblymen. By February, 2016, a bill passed the New York State Assembly. Here is a press release detailing the bill to have oversight on classroom materials.
Assemblyman Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 21st A.D.) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) recently held a press conference with education activists highlighting legislation (A.9057) that would prohibit the use of textbooks and materials that redefine the roles of Jews, Christians, African-Americans and all groups in American History, and would create the New York State Textbook Commission to regulate instructional material used in New York State elementary school classrooms. Unfortunately, it was a Republican State Senator who blocked the vote in that chamber and stopped the bill from becoming NYS law.
Another victory also happened. Our Christian Zionists took steps to help us.
I have been working for years with one of the country’s most outspoken Christian Zionists, Laurie Cardoza Moore.
Laurie Cardoza-Moore is the Founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN). We have spoken out about ending the current common core curriculum which teaches bias and prejudice, not facts about history, the English language skills and fuzzy math.
Coincidentally, Moore found herself in the middle of the Florida scandal. She was in the sunshine state for meetings. Here are some of her thoughts:
With the rise of antisemitism nationwide, and Florida specifically, Governor Ron DeSantis made international headlines after signing a bill making antisemitism illegal in K-12 textbooks and curriculum in Florida. Additionally, the law requires Holocaust education by law in the State of Florida and calls “Holocaust denial” illicit.
On April 12, 1945, General Dwight D. Eisenhower first saw the horror of the Nazi concentration camps. In a prophetic statement he said, “I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first-hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.” Upon his command, the camps were filmed and photographed as a testimony to what happened.
As our Holocaust survivors and our World War II veterans leave us, it is incumbent upon all future generations to ensure that the atrocities of the Nazis are accurately communicated to our posterity.
My friend, Dr. Gina Loudon, has also spoken out supporting the need for factual Holocaust classroom education. Here is a part of our interview:
As a Christian Zionist and a resident of Florida, are you surprised by a school administrator denying Holocaust education?
I am floored and disgusted. I am angry and embittered. This man has conflated facts with feelings. Just because some parents are Holocaust deniers, doesn’t make it so. There is virtually zero evidence to that conclusion. It is unprofessional, anti Semitic, anti American, and anti HUMAN to say that just because someone has a feeling or belief about something, it should hold the same value as verifiable fact and be taught in our schools! As a taxpayer, I demand better.
As someone who has studied the interplay of politics and psychology through 4 degrees and beyond, I can assure you, this is very dangerous and must be fought until facts win over feelings. We must teach children to use facts in their action.
What does the Holocaust mean to you?
The Holocaust is a scar on the soul of human history.
I have spent much of my life trying to understand how this could ever happen. Sadly, the older I get and the more I learn, I can see how we bend toward socialism globally. That is how the whole Nazi movement was born. I fear it, I rebuke it, and I fight every single day of my life to prevent another Holocaust. But then I think about how history will show our record on things like abortion (founded by a friend and comrade of Hitler, eugenicist, Margaret Sanger). Our tax dollars go to fund abortion every day – 1 million dollars per day. How is this not mass genocide if we are honest? Then I see that the fight is daily, and in every corner of our culture, from Hollywood to politics; in our schools and our synagogues. I commit to fight daily, and to bring others with me.
On the bright side, America and Israel (I was SO impressed with Israeli innovation when I visited there last year https://www.jpost.com/In-Jerusalem/Jerusalems-shuk-as-beacon-to-the-world-574173) are two of the shining examples of how free people thrive when capitalism thrives and socialism is but a tired old whine. That makes me proud of my Jewish blood, and proud to be an American. It also makes me proud to be a Christian because I see that the whole Bible celebrates freedom and work and capitalist theory.
What other steps do you think should be taken to ensure factual history is taught in classrooms in Florida and across the country?
Free speech is critical, but if school administrators or teachers want to inject non-factual opinion into their job, the taxpayers through their school boards, should act to fire them. This case is Exhibit A.
When others stand with Israel, when Non-Jews demand Holocaust Education, we must say thanks and work together.