Trump admin say UNC, Duke programs portray Islam too positively
Added 09-19-19 02:57:02pm EST - “The Trump administration? is? pressuring the University of North Carolina and Duke University to revise their Middle East studies program that disproportionately portrays "the positive aspects of Islam" or risk future federal funding.” - Thehill.com
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The Trump administration is pressuring the University of North Carolina and Duke University to revise their Middle East studies program that disproportionately portrays "the positive aspects of Islam" or risk future federal funding.
The Education Department sent the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies a letter on Aug. 29 requesting they amend the program by Sept. 22 or lose a grant they've been receiving for almost a decade, The Associated Press reported.
The Education Department said in the letter that foreign language and national security have "taken a back seat to other priorities" that have "little or no relevance" to the objectives of the grant.
The Education Department wrote in the letter that the program places "a considerable emphasis" on the “understanding the positive aspects of Islam, while there is an absolute absence of any similar focus on the positive aspects of Christianity, Judaism or any other religion or belief system in the Middle East.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump awards Medal of Valor, civilian honors to responders in Dayton and El Paso shootings Trump administration fines Michigan State University .5M in Larry Nassar case Government watchdog finds expanded student loan forgiveness program still rejecting most applicants MORE's investigation into the consortium began after Rep. George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingDelay of new trade deal harms America's digital advantage Republicans troll Democrats with proposals to rename upcoming health care bill GOP lawmaker calls for investigation into alleged 'anti-Israeli bias' at Duke-UNC conference MORE (R-N.C.) sent her a letter condemning the program for holding a conference with "severe anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric." DeVos called the letter "troubling" and decided to look into it, The Associated Press reported.
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